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    Mental Health Awareness Month

    May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.

    #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAdvocacy #Anxiety #Depression #BPD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #EUPD #emotionallyunstablepersonalitydisorder #BorderlineBilly

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    Trauma can be caused by a variety of sources, including but not limited to:
    - SA
    - Violence
    - Accidents
    - Losing someone close to you
    - And, childhood neglect

    Always keep an eye out for the ones you love. You never know what’s going on in another persons head, and anything can be a trigger to them, even if you don’t realize it. We all have a battlefield we’re desperately trying to resolve. Please be kind to yourself and others.


    #MentalHealth #Anxiety #PTSD #CPTSD #MentalHealthAdvocacy #ChildhoodAbuse #Abuse #Survivor #ChronicDepression #Trauma #SexualTrauma #MedicalTrauma #ChildhoodTraumaSurvivors #SocialAnxiety #Bekind

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    TIRED

    When I say “I’m tired”
    What I mean is…
    I’m exhausted from wearing a mask.
    A hollow smile that doesn’t reach my eyes
    And protects against questioning stares.

    When I say “I’m tired”
    What I mean is…
    I’m numb and everything feels too heavy.
    Like every molecule, every thought, every breath of my being
    is weighted with chains of doubt and insecurity,
    and I’m struggling to carry them.

    When I say “I’m tired”
    What I mean is…
    I’m overwhelmed and being buried alive under worry and anxiety.
    The sheer amount of thoughts fall like an avalanche
    so fast and so encompassing
    that I can’t breath or find my way out.

    When I say “I’m tired”
    What I mean is…
    I’m in pain from old wounds and traumas I thought were healed.
    They can be triggered by a place, a phrase, a smell…or even nothing at all.
    And they bombard me and draw blood just like bullets from a machine gun.

    When I say “I’m tired”
    What I mean is…
    I’m losing the battle even though I seem to be winning the war.
    I pick up my sword every day to keep my demons at bay,
    But, today they are stronger.

    When I say “I’m tired”
    What I mean is…
    Sleep feels like the only respite from my pain and self loathing.
    You see me as lazy, laying bed all day
    When really, that bed is both a haven and a prison.
    I can escape from the demons in slumber
    But, they trap me there as well.

    When I say “I’m tired”
    What I mean is…
    I’m waving my white flag just for today
    And tomorrow I’ll try to pick myself up again.

    When I say “I’m tired”
    Please understand…
    I am fighting.
    I am trying.
    But, bad days happen
    Sometimes they last for hours or weeks.
    And I need time to rebuild my strength.

    But know this…
    I won’t be tired forever.
    I will come back
    Fists raised, armor on
    Ready to keep fighting.

    #Depression #Anxiety #tired #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthAdvocacy #MentalHealth #Sickandtiredofbeingsickandtired #Poetry #Poem #MightyPoets

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    Fighting

    You shouldn’t have to fight as hard to get the proper acknowledgment, support, diagnosis, treatment and the list goes on. I know you are exhausted but keep fighting. The key phrase to add to your sentences where applicable is quality of life E.g I would like to be prescribed this medication because I hope that it will improve my quality of life. We shouldn’t have to fight to get the health care we deserve so we can do more than just survive. I find all of you and the journeys and thing you’ve had to endure and overcome so inspiring. You’re the real heroes. #Positivity #journey #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAdvocacy #MentalHealthDays #ChronicDepression #ChronicIllness #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #ChronicIllnessEDS #AutonomicDysfunction #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #LivingWithPOTS

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    Just wait. #Depression #Suicide #MentalHealthAdvocacy

    A little reminder that there’s good to be found, you just have to hang on. In the throes of darkness it’s so hard to remember or find a bright spot to hold onto, it’s not an easy task to do. I just know that for me I sometimes have to focus on very small good things one moment at a time. I tell myself to remember that when I laughed so hard I cried all my makeup off, or the way I feel excited about my first cup of coffee on good days, or the smell and feel of fresh linens as I climb into bed..all these little tiny things that I normally don’t think about until they become little/big life preservers. Clinging to the good is sometimes the only way through ♥️

    Tell me about your good ♥️

    (Image courtesy of Matt Haig on Instagram)

    #talktome #Tellmesomethinggood #mentalhealthmatters #reasonstostayalive #BipolarDepression #ChronicDepression #CheckInWithMe

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    How can I #disclose my mental illness when applying for jobs? #Accommodations #schizoaffective #parity #EndTheStigma #Advocacy

    Currently I have a good job on a team that I have already disclosed my mental health concerns to my managers. I have established a yearly intermittent leave request with my doctor and managers for the past year and a half. In case I have a mental health episode and I need to take time off from work to stabilize myself. I am a research associate for a university in California and I want to apply for the next step up which is a Research Service Coordinator, they are also considered Contracts and Grants Specialists. I have been doing my job for three years as of last Friday, August 20. I feel that I am ready to move up to the next level to take on more responsibilities and to have my own portfolio of Principal Investigators(PI, Doctors) to service. My job is a very stressful job as it requires attentive, expeditious and efficient grant processing of proposals to various Federal, State and private institutions often meeting deadlines. My job right now is triaged by my manager and closely monitored weekly by one on one meetings. The job that I'm applying for will be even more stressful where I'll have my own portfolio of PIs who will come to me directly to initiate the grant process, instead of my manager triaging me PIs to work with. I want to be able to convey tactfully what my needs and accommodations are as I ramp up to become a Contracts and Grants Specialist. Applying for the new position will result in me leaving my current team and moving to another team with new managers and colleagues. This is sort of a last minute request, as I want to put my application in by tonight. I welcome your feedback, especially from professionals working with a mental condition. #bipolarcondition #Equity #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #breakyourstigma #NAMI #ioovadvocate #MentalHealthAdvocacy

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    Mighty Virtual Events: Friday 7/16/21!

    Ever wondered what it's like to be a full-time mental health advocate? Ask your questions and learn from those in the field: bit.ly/3xIwCTC

    Connect live with the voices on the latest episode of The Mighty Podcast: bit.ly/3eeLTng

    #MightyEvents #MentalHealth #Advocacy #MentalHealthAdvocacy #TheMightyPodcast #ChronicIllness

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    Mighty Virtual Events: Friday, 6/11/21!

    Learn about one of our Mighty editor's journey over the years as a mental health advocate: bit.ly/3g5r7rI

    Later, connect and learn with others who live with PTSD: bit.ly/3g5rgKw

    #MightyEvents #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAdvocacy #PTSDAwarenessMonth #PTSD

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    We Are Launching a Mental Health Awareness Campaign

    Kreative On Purpose, an NC nonprofit whose mission is to provide mental wellness tools to women and girls EVERYWHERE, seeks to raise mental health awareness and open the conversation on mental health and wellness within Black and brown communities.

    The My Mental Health Matters Campaign is also a way to bring organizations that provide mental health and wellness resources together in a united effort to dismantling mental illness stigmas within Black and brown communities.
    The official launch date for My Mental Health Matters is Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 12 Noon via FB LIVE streaming on the Kreative On Purpose Facebook page. The campaign begins at the beginning of May, which is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month will run through July, which is Minority (BIPOC) Mental Health Awareness Month to include a free public event on July 10th, 2021 from 12-3 pm at Pullen Park, Raleigh.

    Kreative On Purpose in partnership with The Raleigh – Apex NC NAACP and other community participants including NAMI-Wake aims to create an educational, judge-free space to answer questions from community members about attaining and maintaining mental wellness. During the event each participating organization will speak on the resources available in our communities.

    Further details about the July event will be announced at a later date.
    #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MentalHealthAdvocacy #OtherMentalHealth