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#Autism & #MentalHealth

May is #MentalHealthAwareness month 🙏🏽 just so you know #Autism is NOT a mental illness it’s a neurological disorder! However many autism people LIVE with mental illnesses, remember I said live not suffer! I live with Anxiety, depression, PTSD & dissociative disorder, I’ve had several suicide attempts I may or may not have had these conditions if I wasn’t autistic or not! Suicide , anxiety , depression & many more mental health illnesses are very real! most ppl won’t ask for health in fear of being laughed at, judged, misunderstood and called crazy
Try being understanding
Try being a listening ear
Try kindness
You never know what a person has gone through & possibly still going through
Suicide is not funny
Anxiety is not funny
Depression is not funny
Mental health issues are not funny
Suicide should not be judged
Anxiety should not be judged
Depression should not be judged
Mental health issues should not be judged
If you are struggling you can call the National suicide prevention hotline at 988 🙏🏽
#youarenotalone #MentalHealthAwareness #meantalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #mentalillness #Anxiety #deppresion #PTSD #cptsd #Autistic #actuallyautistic #neurodivergent #wearthepeace #autizzy #neurospicy #blackandautistic #autisticandblack

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Here’s an article on simple ways we can do to empower ourselves to be-friend our negative inner critic.

I know it’s challenging dealing with our inner critic, so I wrote an article on coping mechanisms and exercises guide for understanding and managing your inner critic if anyone is interested in reading it.

It is about how self-compassion and self-reflection and a few exercises empower us to transform and better recognize self-criticism and reframe it into constructive feedback to build a healthier relationship with ourselves.

Summary: Developing a healthy relationship with your inner critic empowers us to gain awareness of its presence and recognize its connection to your mood and behavior. By understanding its operations, you can mitigate its impact. Reframing your relationship with your inner critic involves visualizing it as a separate entity, helping you distance yourself from its harsh judgments.

Practicing mindful curiosity involves exploring its voices, feelings, beliefs, and points of view, pinpointing where you feel its presence in your body, and identifying triggering situations. Expressing your inner critic through writing or speaking allows you to articulate its messages, externalizing them to observe without automatic identification and advocating for yourself in your growth journey.

A Guide to Quieting and Acknowledging Your Inner Critic

#selfcompassion #personalgrowth #MentalHealthAwareness #selfimprovement #mindfulness #ADHD #Anxiety #coping #mentalhealthmatters
#ADHD #Addiction #Depression

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A Guide to Quieting and Acknowledging Your Inner Critic

By embracing the importance of nurturing positive inner dialogues concerning healing and creating space to reflect on our mental well-being, we unlock the potential for profound personal growth and understanding.
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#GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder at it Again

When does it slow down?
Does it ever get tired?
Why me?
What’s wrong with me?

Ever since I was let go from my job in an email no less, the only place someone could find me is at home. I don’t go anywhere unless I absolutely have to, and even with that, Hunter my #esa dog HAS to be with me with one of my sons to keep me calm while I drive. My sons help me a lot which I’m always grateful, but I also feel guilt of having to ask them to help me with things I should be able to do myself.

If home delivery is possible and at a reasonable price, I would do that instead of saving even more money by going myself. I haven’t seen my PCP since I think October, and I haven’t been in a dentist chair close to a year. Besides my grandma and my two sons who live with me, I’m only fully comfortable being face to face with my best friend who I’ve known since we were basically in diapers, and she’s the only one I’d let come over to my house uninvited.

I get #Anxiety thinking of other uninvited guests. I get anxiety when my phone rings, or when I receive mail. I get anxiety when my mom or aunt asks me through text what’s going on with me.

I get #PTSD when random thoughts of disasters enter my mind… fire, tsunami, the mountains I live between erupting, or thoughts of what if whenever my sons want to go out (I still let them, but it annoys me that I have to tell them to text me to and from places so I know they’re okay). When I think of people I knew that passed from illnesses that were caught too late, which turns to me thinking what if it happens to me. Then to me not wanting anything to happen because I don’t ever want to leave my sons.

Having my sons changed a lot of how I think, and my #mentalwellbeing doesn’t take me to that dark place like it used to way before I became a mom. I want to stay here and see my boys excel in life and grow up to be amazing men. I want to see them have their own family… I seen too many loved ones dying to not want that happen to myself.

I’m trailing off again, so I’m going to put on soothing music and lay down with my dog Hunter… did I mention that late at night by myself, I sometimes feel alone?

Anyway… I’m always wishing for anyone dealing with similar things, wishing them #Positivity and #strength to tackle each day one at a time. #weareloved #wematter #wearenotdefinedbyourillness #EndTheStigma #mentalhealthmatters #MentalHealthAwareness

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How to Support Someone Living with Bipolar

It makes sense that neurotypical people don’t know how to support someone with bipolar.

The traditional form of support is a practical approach. Often, people are reactive in wanting to support you by problem-solving, regardless of what the issue is.

The most effective way to support another human is simple: just be present, listen, witness.

I’ve been drafting in my mind a letter to my family about my bipolar for months and I finally wrote and sent it to them yesterday.

A I wrote it, it sunk in how complicated and “crazy” living with bipolar is. To try to explain what it is, what it is to manage it and how it impacts people with it and how it impacts you, specifically, is tricky.

This is a part of the email:

Your support and understanding mean a lot and will also help me through this. I’m happy to share anything you’re curious about or if you have questions.

I can tell you what doesn’t help - telling me that there are things to be happy about and all will be ok or suggesting practical solutions like getting sun or going for a walk. I know these things. I know that these comments come from a loving place but they make my experience feel invalidated and misunderstood. The best thing you can do is just be there for me, listen and not think I’m a freak. You don’t need to say a thing.

One of the most damaging things you can do to someone with a mental illness is to apply your experiences to ours and not try to understand us. Our experiences are not the same. It may not make sense to you but please try to understand. Sharing all of this with you will help in that regard, I hope.

#Bipolar #BipolarDisorder #bipolarsupport #MoodDisorders #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness

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