Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone.


Recently I was at dinner while on travel and I was asked several questions: Do you like traveling alone?

I must admit that I can focus and gain clarity on my personal, career, and professional goals when I take time to be alone. When I am alone, I can meditate and sit in solitude. In those quiet moments, I can hear my grandmother quoting “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference to the 10-year-old within me and understand acceptance. I can make decisions about things I wasn’t sure about in the past. Things are more apparent when I can see them as a choice of different possibilities, rather than an ultimatum. When you don’t know where you are going distractions tend to look like opportunities.

When do you know when it is time to seek a therapist? On this journey of life, we will have struggles and challenges despite what people might portray on their social media feeds. It is a part of life that we have growing pains. There will be moments on our journey where our burdens, depression, loss, or heartbreak, etc. will become overwhelming and we need to reach out for help. One of my favorite poems entitled Alone by Maya Angelo states “I came up with one thing and I don’t believe I’m wrong that nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone.” If you have been thinking, praying, meditating, or considering seeking out a therapist here are a few signs it might be time to talk with a counselor if you have reached a point where things have become challenging and causing distress in your life. It’s normal to experience challenges in life, especially during times of transition or loss. But sometimes the way we have difficulty coping with these challenges. Symptoms of distress may include feelings of anxiety, depression or low self-confidence. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by these feelings or them, seem to be lingering it may be time to talk to a licensed therapist.

If you have drained your support system, sometimes when we are at our lowest moments, we can exhaust our friends and family. In some instances, your support system may not know how to help you or what to say. Or you might feel that you are draining your support system with your issues. It is essential that we remove the stigma because a therapist can provide you with an unbiased perspective and tools to help you deal with your loss, issues, or challenges. Anyone who has a reliable support system knows their family and friends have great intentions but can be defensive, judgmental, or they might be dealing with their issues, and you become collateral damage in the process of them trying to help you. If you feel that your relationships are beginning to suffer under the strain of your life challenges a counselor can be a valuable addition to your support system. If others are noticing that you don’t seem yourself, it could be a sign that you are struggling and might need to seek some help.

If you are regularly shopping, eating (not eating), using substances, isolating, or having a lot of sex to cope with your issues then you might want to consider contacting a therapist if you’re beginning to use substances such as alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings of loneliness, sadness, anxiety, etc. Then it’s a good idea to consider talking to a therapist. These behaviors serve as a temporary distraction and help us feel good, or at least numb for a moment. I have had people tell me they are to move and then moving becomes a regular thing. Relocating to different cities does not solve the problem because you will carry every issue with you to your next destination. Unfortunately, though the feelings of numbness don’t last and when they do fade we’re left with the emotions, we were trying to escape.

If you feel that you have tried everything to cope with your issues, but the problems are still present then that is a perfect time to contact a therapist. Remember “that nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone” there is no shame in asking for help and seeking counseling does not mean you are weak or ill. A professional therapist can provide you with a safe space to share all your challenges and work with you to build skills to cope with these challenges & see things differently. If you are struggling with some issues or know someone who might be struggling let’s encourage them to contact a therapist. Mental Illness happens when we lose our presence in the present.

Thank you!!


 

First and foremost I would like to thank all of you who have purchased a T-shirt, or Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep or both of them.  Thank you all for taking the initiative to address the importance of mental health and reducing the stigma. As I am preparing to head home this weekend for my first two events promoting my book, I had to take a moment and reflect on the past month I have sold over 200 hundred books, and that isn’t counting numbers from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  I’ve had to reorder three shipments of the t-shirt line.  I’ve been featured on Black Men in Social Work and Dr. Keith Harley site.

I am dedicated to serving, educating, and training the most vulnerable populations.  I am also committed to making the most enriching learning experiences for children, and families and hope you enjoyed reading the book as I did writing the book.  A great way to overcome the stigma is improving people’s attitude towards mental health and increasing the willingness to talk about our mental health struggles.

Your reviews are essential to me because they help as I am working on the next books in the series.  They also help to make sure I am capturing things you would like for me to discuss in regards of mental health.  So please take a moment to leave a review. I have enjoyed reading your reviews. A few reviews below:

As a mother of four and a service member, I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with PTSD or any mental illness. Michael has shared some excellent information for parents and children. I read this book twice, first by myself and then to my two sons. As kids growing up in a dual military home, they have endured deployments and long days with at least one parent gone. Always tell your children you love them even when you have a terrible day it is essential for them to know they are loved. Thank you, Mike, for sharing this story, and I hope it helps anyone struggling with PTSD or any other mental illness. It is okay to ask for help and accept it. I will now be teaching my kids that same bedtime prayer~Anonymous

Hi Mike,  Your book helped me release all the pain I was caring in my heart for over 40 years about my father. You are a Godsend, and with your writing and counseling, I know you have made a difference in family lives. You help changed mine~Anonymous

Dr. Gatson’s use of a children’s book to tackle such a tough topic is nothing short of extraordinary! Mental health issues are something that all culture’s stigmatize and many individual’s struggles with finding a way to express their thoughts and feelings and the need to seek help. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep opens the door and allows for the topic to be discussed with children at a level in which they understand, and at a pace, the parent can effectively cope. This book is thought provoking and allows the opportunity for meaningful discourse as well as a coping mechanism for those who may not have the words to express their thoughts. This will be a book that I use in my practice with veterans and civilians alike! Thanks, Dr. Doobie and I can’t wait for the next edition~Anonymous

If you have any questions concerning the book or t-shirts, please go to my website www.michaelgatson.com and leave me a message. Again, thank you for your purchase and support.  In celebration of Black History Month, I am offering a discount on a T-shirt, and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Place your T-shirt and include the autographed book in the shopping cart and use the discount code Black History in the discount box to receive both of them for $35.00 (including shipping). Please make sure you indicate your size and the person you want the book signed to in the order notes.

Thank you!

Michael D. Gatson (Dr. Doobie)

 

Speaking Engagements & Appearances


February

11th-Magazine Photo Shoot

15th-Union Parish Library; Farmerville, LA

16th-Shreveport, LA interview on 102.1 Hot Jams

16th-Book Signing; Shreveport, LA; 6-8pm

March

12th-14th- London Book New Book Display

16th-Men’s Real Talk series.

When: Every 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 am – 11 am

Where: The Y in Druid Hill 1609 Druid Hill Avenue Baltimore, Md 21217

23rd-Book Launch Party @6: 30 pm.

April

Bowie Lifestyle Magazine April Feature Article

4-7, 2019 Shreveport, LA; NASW Presentation (LGBTQ)

23rd NABSW Authors Pavilion

28th Kensington Day of the Book Festival

May

18th Gaithersburg Book Festival (City Hall)

23-24th NASW Presentation (PTSD), Monroe, LA

29-31st New York Rights Fair New Book Display.

29-June 2nd Book Expo New Title.

June

June 13-16th NASW Presentation; New Orleans, LA

 

 

January 2019 Review


Here’s what happened in January:

Don’t miss a thing—-January in review!

This month I received my books in print from my publishing company, and a week later I released Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep to the public. The eBooks should be ready in about three weeks.  I’ve had to reorder three shipments of the t-shirt line.

Your feedback and reviews have been fantastic. Most importantly the message has been received that it is okay to take care of your mental health

 

One great way to overcome the stigma is by acknowledging the importance of our mental health and well-being. A great way to overcome the stigma is improving people’s attitude towards mental health and increasing the willingness to talk about our mental health struggles. Also, we are MaGnets, and it’s important to surround yourself with people who make me better. Your circle should want to see you win, pushing you every day, and encouraging your growth. In celebration of Black History Month, I am offering a discount on a T-shirt, and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Place your T-shirt and include the autographed book in the shopping cart and use the discount code BlackHistory in the discount box to receive both of them for $35.00 (including shipping). Please make sure you indicate your size and the person you want the book signed to in the order notes. Thank you!

I’ve been featured on:

Black men in social work:https://www.instagram.com/p/BqYSJ4jgqC0/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=18xtfd39w7pvv

Dr. Keith Harley site: https://www.stepuptolevelup.com/blog/be-bold-go-big-dr-michel-d-gatson

This month I’ve booked the following:

  • Book Launch Party in Washington DC on March 23rd @6: 30 pm. I will have books and T-shirts available for purchase. If you have purchased books, I will be there signing and meeting everyone. I will have food, dessert, cocktails, face painting, and music to celebrate my 1st published book. I hope that you will join me to celebrate. RSVP to Michael.D.Gatson@gmail.com

Speaking Engagements & Appearances:

  • NABSW Authors Pavilion April 23rd
    • Atlanta Marriott Marquis
    • 265Peachtree Center Ave NE
    • Atlanta, Ga
    • I will have books and T-shirts available for purchase. If you have purchased books, I will be there signing and meeting everyone.
  • Kensington Day of the Book Festival ♦Sunday, April 28, 2019
    • I will have books and T-shirts available for purchase. If you have purchased books, I will be   there signing and meeting everyone
    • https://dayofthebook.com
  • Gaithersburg Book Festival (City Hall) 10am-6pm, May 18, 2019

I’m aware that a few of the sites have sold out but no worries they will be restocking them soon, or you can go to Amazon, my website www.michaelgatson.com, or my mom is selling books out of her trunk if you see her 😂. Thank you all for the support! 😘🙌🏽#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #removingthestigma

Online Discount


Greetings everyone,

I am working on some exciting things. I wanted to share my upcoming speaking engagements and book signings. I know a lot of people will not be able to make the upcoming book signing dates to receive the discount of your favorite T-Shirt and an autographed book for $35. I decided to offer this deal to my subscribers for the MLK weekend.  You can receive the same discount on an autographed book and your favorite T-shirt.

Discount Instructions:

Place your favorite T-shirt and include the autographed book in the shopping cart and use the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Discount code to receive both of them for $35.00 (including shipping). Please make sure you indicate your size and the person you want the book signed to in the order notes. Thank you for all of your support!

Upcoming Book Signings Events:
Black History Panel (Union Parish Library Farmerville, LA)

February 15, 2019, 6-8pm

Meet & Greet (Book Signing Shreveport, LA)

February 16, 2019, 6-8pm

Book Launch Party (Washington D.C.) March 23, 2019

NASW-LA Continuing Education Program

Workshop Title: Clinical IssuesLGBTQI

Presentation Date: April 5, 2019

Time: 8:45-4:15pm

Location: Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center

8001 Youree Drive

2nd Floor Conference Room 203

Shreveport, LA 71118

Kensington Day of the Book Festival

April 28, 2019

Time: 11-4pm

Location: Howard Ave & Armory Ave

Old Kensington, Maryland

Gaithersburg Book Festival

May 18, 2019

Time 10:00-6pm

Location: Gaithersburg City Hall & Griffith Park

31 S. Summit Ave, Gaithersburg

NASW-LA Continuing Education Program

Workshop Title: PTSD Amongst Service Members, Veterans, and It’s Impact on Families

Presentation Date: May 24, 2019

Time: 8:45-4:15pm

Location: Children’s Coalition for NELA

117 Hall Street

Monroe, LA 71201

NASW-LA Continuing Education Program

Workshop Title: PTSD Amongst Service Members, Veterans, and It’s Impact on Families

Presentation Date: June 14, 2019

Time: 8:45-4:15pm

Location: LA Dept. of Children & Family Services

Benson Tower 1450 Poydras St.

New Orleans, LA 70112

T-shirt Designs


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is essential at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Everyone experiences highs and lows throughout their lives and finding a supportive mental health professional to help manage those times is essential. One in every four people globally has some of the different types of mental illness at some point in their life. We seek medical attention and treatment for any form of physical illness or disease, but why do we neglect mental illness? 

Society is beginning to recognize the importance of talking openly about mental health and how stigma can affect individuals. Having this critical conversation about mental health is vital to decreasing this stigma and people to get access to resources that are needed. We have a responsibility to eliminate the stigma within our community associated with mental health. 

 Special thanks to my tribe with helping to educate everyone about the importance of addressing your mental health and reducing the stigma. Check out the link below to purchase your t-shirt and join the movement to educate people about the importance of treating your mental health. https://michaelgatson.com/store/

 

The Don’t Label Me shirt: Represents Don’t Label Me because I have decided to take care of my mental health. One great way to overcome the stigma is by acknowledging the importance of our mental health and well-being improving people’s attitude towards mental health and increase the willingness to talk about our mental health struggles with a licensed therapist.

 

The MaGnet shirt: Represents I have a purpose in this life. I am surrounding myself by those who make me better. I am a magnet for joy, love, and abundance. I am enough. Who are you attracting? Who is in your circle? Because your circle should want to see, you win. Your circle should be pushing you every day. Your circle should encourage your growth. 

 

 Therapist Notes: Take the first step towards eliminating the stigma and improving yourself by just talking to one person that you trust.  If the problem persists, start with your primary care physician and ask for a referral. Remember, mental illness is common and can be treated, and do not let the stigma stop you from getting and retaining your treatment. Success is kind of like The Dark: Nothing to be afraid of, but still a common fear. Investing in yourself is important because you get for free what everyone else is struggling for: love, happiness, acceptance, & energy. Permanence can only come eternally. Defining what you need externally to stay happy creates limitations, restricting your pleasure to those conditions. When you know your vision, nothing can stop you.

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #removingthestigma

Book Review


Latia expressed “Thanks Michael! I enjoyed your book very much! Congratulations again”!

Special thanks to Latia for wearing her shirt and helping to educate everyone about the importance of addressing their mental health and reducing the stigma.

The Don’t Label Me shirt: Represents Don’t Label Me because I have decided to take care of my mental health. One great way to overcome the stigma is by acknowledging the importance of our mental health and well-being improving people’s attitude towards mental health and increase the willingness to talk about our mental health struggles with a licensed therapist.

The MaGnet shirt represents I have purpose in this life. I am surrounding myself by those who make me better. I am a magnet for joy, love, and abundance. I am enough. Who are you attracting? Who is in your circle? Because your circle should want to see you win. Your circle should be pushing you everyday. Your circle should encourage your growth.

Check out the link below to purchase your t-shirt and join the movement to educate people about the importance of addressing your mental health. https://michaelgatson.com/store/ #removingthestigma #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #selfcare #selflove

Online Book Launch


Greetings,

I want to thank all of you for your support and joining the newsletter. It’s a new year, a new beginning, a time to reach new heights, new levels of prosperity and purpose. But first, have you taken some time to breathe and reflect? Take a few moments in the morning to sit quietly before moving into the day’s activity. This is your time for setting the personal agenda for the day or week, in a state of quiet attention. 

I have some exciting things I would like to share with you first. I have received numerous emails from family and friends who are overseas, and live on the west coast and will not be able to make it to the Book Launch on March 23rd in D.C. or my upcoming events in North Louisiana. I am working on adding autographed books to my online store. The price of the autographed book will be $20. I am also going to add a bundle package with an autographed book and a T-shirt for $35. When you place the order, please make sure you include in the order noted who you would like for me to address the book to when I am signing the book. Also, make sure you include your T-shirt size in the order notes as well. 

 If you would like to purchase the books from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, they are available on https://www.amazon.com

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/now-i-lay-me-down-to-sleep-michael-d-gatson/1130073786?ean=9781643500874 It is essential that you leave your reviews about the book on the major platforms. Search for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep by: Michael D. Gatson

Upcoming Events:

Black History Panel (Union Parish Library Farmerville, LA)

February 15, 2019

6-8pm

*I will have books and t-shirts for sale (limited quantity)

Meet & Greet (Book Signing Shreveport, LA)

February 16, 2019

6-8pm

*I will have books and t-shirts for sale (limited quantity)

Book Launch Party (Washington D.C.) March 23, 2019

Let’s party & Celebrate

Black History Panel


I have been listening, and I know that everyone will not be able to make the book launch party on March 23rd in D.C. I am excited and honored to share the panel with these incredible medical professionals from my community whom I have known since my childhood. Special thanks to the Union Parish Library Staff for sponsoring and hosting this event for Black History. I will be traveling from D.C. so I will only have a 100 books per event so it will be on a first-come, first served basis. I will have a limited amount of T-shirts available as well. Book prices are $14, and a T-shirt with a book will be $35. The books will be open to the public to purchase on all major platforms in all formats in 3-4 weeks. For more information please visit www.michaelgatson.com

Book Signing & Meet & Greet


I have been listening, and I know that everyone will not be able to make the book launch party on March 23rd in D.C. I am excited and honored to share the panel with these incredible medical professionals from my community whom I have known since my childhood. Special thanks to the Union Parish Library Staff for sponsoring and hosting this event for Black History. I will be traveling from D.C. so I will only have a 100 books per event so it will be on a first-come, first served basis. I will have a limited amount of T-shirts available as well. Book prices are $14, and a T-shirt with a book will be $35. The books will be open to the public to purchase on all major platforms in all formats in 3-4 weeks. For more information please visit www.michaelgatson.com

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