What was the turning point in your commitment to recovery, whether it's depression and anxiety, PTSD, addiction, or eating disorder?
It doesn't mean there haven't been setbacks, but it does mean you became consciously aware that your way wasn't working anymore.
You became aware of your triggers
You became aware of your destructive thoughts and began to question them
You knew your way was walking you towards death, and not life or living to your fullest potential
I remember the day clearly. It was December 4, 2011, two days before my father passed away. He wanted one more year, six more months, one more week, and then one more day.
He didn't have a choice because he was going to die, and it was out of his or my control. I had a choice to live but was choosing to die every day I allowed ED to win.
Does it mean I don't have setbacks?
Of course, I do because I am human, and I still have work to do, but I am now consciously aware of my actions, and if I have a setback I made that choice to listen to the disorder, and not my rational brain.
What helps you when you are stuck in that irrational thinking? * Do you have support from family, friends, and treatment team? * Do you use your voice because silence is deadly... * Do you use positive coping mechanisms?
If you said no to any of these then it's time to reevaluate where you are in recovery, and what is in your control to make a change.
Wise words for a senior member to think of when acting as a mentor to the junior members.
Wise words for all of us. Whether it's during a classroom lecture or training on the fireground, BE INVOLVED!! Don't sit back and be reserved. Nothing can beat hands on training. When shit hits the fan, it's going to be your muscle memory that kicks in and you WILL perform at your lowest level of training. Make sure YOUR lowest level is above the standard.
Training is a crew thing... Get everyone involved.
Ecstatic for this incredible event next weekend. Come out and support @veteransyogaproject on June 3rd 2018 at 7pm. $10 to support VYP! Special thanks to @northwellhealth for matching our donations! 🙏🏻🕉🧘🏻♀️🧘🏽♂️
3.2 million persons were displaced in 2016 alone, the leading source countries being Syria and South Sudan. More than 80% of refugees are displaced internally or have fled across national border to neighbouring countries, the majority being located in low‐ and lower middle‐income countries.
Half of the world's refugees remain in “protracted situations”, unstable and insecure locations, most commonly in dense urban areas, but also in refugee camps. .
It is important to address the mental health of refugees because mental illness severely impacts the functioning of a person in many ways and can also contribute to poor physical health. For example, mental illness often negatively impacts the ability of an individual to engage in economically productive activities, to benefit from educational opportunities, and raises the risk of substance abuse and family dysfunction. So in order to ensure the refugees’ successful adaptation and functioning after resettlement, it is critical to identify and treat mental illness.
Common mental illness experienced by refugees and new immigrants is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
|| I am so fucking unhappy. First off, well, forget my family. They are open minded about others during change, but when it comes to one in the family, it’s chaos.
|| But I’d really appreciate it to be addressed as Jae now. Jae. My name is Lili, but I’m trying Jae because it’s gender neutral. I’ll be gender-fluid at school. At home, I’m all female.
|| My psych doc is putting me on a medication mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder. I don’t have it, but she thinks it could help with my borderline personality disorder (traits). || We discussed more about what happened on my Suicide attempt day, a month ago. But I don’t see tell her or any other person who could tell my parents about my Suicide attempt about last week ago.
|| So today I tried coming out to my mother and psych doc. It didn’t go as planned. I went into my BPD state I mind. I kept getting frustrated with my psych doc about her saying how it was basically just my BPD making me unable to see both sides to the situation. Apparently I was only seeing it in black and white.
|| The way I approached this was apparently as if I wanted immediate change. No, of course not! Never! These things take time. So much times understanding , and patience. It doesn’t work that way with my family though. I feel horrible for my mother. Clearly this was upsetting and scary to her. She only admitted to this being scary to her, but not upsetting. I read her face: she was upset. But not showing it. See!? I only cause problems and only the more reason to kill my self. Oh my fucking gosh. I just need to get access to it. But I’m to young. I’m too young. Oh my god.
Photo credit to:
@anatolknotek . ||
Let's not talk about your mental health for a moment, and talk about others. Your friends, your family. Or even someone you you don't know but who looks up to you (in the world of Instagram this is very common). There are a lot of people who only think of themselves. Someone's mental illness is a burden to them, they've got a reputation to protect. They get be known as the person who struggles with depression. How many of you girls have been told to cover your flaws? Wear makeup for your acne, wear pants because your legs look fat. Don't let anyone know you cry. How many of you guys were told that if you show your emotions that you're a pussy? Men are supposed to be men. Strong, brave, never show a weakness.
That advice is one of the worst things you can say to someone. You are essentially telling people to hide their problems or percieved flaws because there's something to be ashamed about. The truth is is that everyone has flaws! No one is or ever will be perfect, no matter how much you cry. If you have acne, who cares! It won't be forever. If you cry, who cares! Everyone does, it's just that no one is brave enough to say it. If you have a mental illness and attract attention to yourself, who cares! There's nothing to be ashamed about for having a mental illness. Everyone on the planet either has or knows someone who has a mental illness.
There will always be people who will pretend they care for you, but really don't. They'll give you advice that will make it sound like they have your best intentions, but in reality they're looking out for themselves. They want to be 'cool', not the person with a friend who's 'embarrassing'. If yiu are reading this and have people coming to you, please be someone who offers them a solution, not a disguse. Let them know there's nothing to be ashamed about, and give them tips to how to cope with their problems. If you can't help, encourage them to talk to someone who can, like a psychologist. Do the right thing, even if it's a little inconvenient for you. Be a good person, and it will be worth it in the long run. Trust me on them.
Mental Health Crisis resources. There are people to text and talk to 24 hours a day if you need to. Texting 741741 is my favorite. You can text hello to that number and they will connect you with a crisis counselor to text you through what is going on. Sometimes it is enough to get through the really hard stuff.
If you are worried about a friend or a family member, you can always sit with them while they call someone trained to help them. Or if you are worried about their safety please call 911 or your local police dept. for a wellness check.
Even though it feels like it at the time.... YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Reach out and ask for help!
And there is also this amazing program that is connecting people and saving lives - check out @buddyproject
National Suicide Hotline
(888) 628-9454 (En Español)
Veterans Crisis Line
800-273-8255 Press 1
LGBTQ - Trevor Project
Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200
National Domestic Hotline
(800) 787−3224 (En Español)
National Eating Disorder Ass.
Utah Crisis Line
Heber City- 801-318-4016
(Continued from previous posts, sorry this post is bigger than I thought) - So to everyone, my message to you is this: if you are suffering, if you are not on a journey that will lead you to a life without suffering, a life where you not only live but can thrive: then it is time to do some heavy "Spring Cleaning". Go check your "room", that space in your head. Go now and find out how toxic it has become before the rot starts festering so much that it takes even longer to clean out and overwhelms you too much to bare. Get started on moving that junk out, cleaning that room up, and moving some new stuff in that will feed and sustain your mind body and spirit. And if your "room" looks far beyond gone because it is so full of festering rot, listen to me when I say this and do NOT forget it: this room is YOUR space, YOURS. And if you want to clean it up, you can do it. In fact, if it is what you want, you WILL do it. Because you have the power to do so despite how powerless you feel. If you had the ability to at some point end up with that room in that state, then that proves you have it in you to reverse it. Never question your capabilities. That is the ONE and ONLY rule in recovering from any illness that is causing you to suffer. And if you need further instructions: Step one - forgive yourself. Step two: NEVER doubt yourself. Step three - Decide how you WANT to feel, despite how you really feel, and enforce that feeling, thrust it upon yourself as though how you feel right now and have been feeling for so long has been nothing but a lie that you now choose to no longer believe. And the last step - Don't even entertain the idea that you might fail. Because there is no such thing as failure, there is only a new lesson that you have now learnt. "Failure" is a idea, not a result. So dont entertain that idea. Always move forward, continue to learn, and never forget each new lesson. Because those lessons will be what guides you to the right direction on your journey... (Writing finished in next post)