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It Takes Courage to Seek Help

Finding the courage it takes to speak up despite the stigma surrounding mental illness can be a momentous challenge.

“Will they believe me?  Do I really need help?  What will my friends/family/co-workers think?  How can I talk to a stranger about this?”

These are some of the questions that will rise when you are trying to find the courage to seek help.  Below are  a couple of suggestions that may help. 

Start Small-Do you have a friend you can confide in?  Perhaps a teacher or someone at your church?  A family doctor is often a good place to start.

Use Technology-There are a few options you can use if you can’t bring yourself to talk to someone.    1.There is a Crisis Text Line.  Text 741741 and you can text with a counselor.   2.Want to do an online chat?  There’s a site for that too.  Find it HERE.        3. You can even TWEET with a crisis counselor at @800273TALK on Twitter.

Remember-You are not alone and it is ok to ask for help.  YOU are worth it!

For more suggestions, articles and information, please visit my Mental Health Help page HERE

As always, thank you for joining me on this journey.  Penny ❤ 

 

Posted in depression, Life, mental illness

Isolation and Depression-For the Most At Risk

The onslaught of COVID 19 did more to our society than infect and kill.  On the peripheral of this is another epidemic, one of Isolation and Depression. 

Humans are social creatures.  We need each other to survive.  Because of COVID some of us are now judging our social interactions by what’s deemed ‘safe’ and what is not.  This especially true of those with compromised immune systems or other high risk factors 

The elderly are especially vulnerable to this isolation. Because many are self-isolating to stay safe, the instances of social anxiety are increasing.  Some now see social situations as a threat.  

There are many hazards of living an isolated life, especially for an extended period of time.  Anxiety, depression, PTSD are a few things that can result.  It can also effect sleep patterns and physical well-being.    

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Native American 10 Commandments

Image by David Mark from Pixabay 
  1. Treat the Earth and all that dwell therein with respect
  2. Remain close to the Great Spirit
  3. Show great respect for your fellow beings
  4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind
  5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
  6. Do what you know to be right
  7. Look after the well-being of Mind and Body
  8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater Good
  9. Be truthful and honest at all times
  10. Take full responsibility for your actions

Compiled by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated April 2020.

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REBLOG: What those with mental illness want you to know — One Moment At A Time

This piece is a REBLOG from “One Moment At A Time’s” blog.  This woman has the courage to speak up about depression and mental illness.  Please take a minute and read this and be sure to visit her blog!

“I want people to understand how, as a country the ways in which we have treated this epidemic have perpetuated the problem. We have spent the last 50 years locking people with addiction in jail without providing mental health services needed for recovery. The companies that exploded the opioid epidemic are responsible, having known the […]

What those with mental illness want you to know — One Moment At A Time