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Life Is Tough, but so Are You

When “I” is replaced by “we”, “illness” becomes “wellness”.

“You may have to fight a battle more than once.”

Margaret Thatcher

IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY

World Mental Health Day is every day. It’s not just October 10th each year. Take care of yourself. Do what you need to do for you. And help end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

It’s okay to talk about it. It’s okay to sit with sadness. Let that sink in. You can sit with your pain and think to yourself: this emotion that I’m feeling right now is not going to kill me. It’s simply not. Give yourself grace. Give yourself time to feel your feelings, whatever those may be. It’s a part of your story, and it’s a part of growing. Never be ashamed to reach out. There are so many resources these days at the touch of a button. Here are a few tried and true resources from us to you for if you need to reach out.

Talkspace
”With Talkspace online therapy, anyone can get therapy without traveling to an office – and for significantly less money than traditional therapy.”

Basis
”A research-backed approach to dealing with life’s challenging moments in an ultra-convenient experience. For just $35/session, get same-day access to trained specialists. Up to 45 minutes devoted solely to you. You’ll leave feeling lighter and better equipped to handle whatever life throws at you.”

Mood Tools
”Improve your mood by analyzing your thoughts and identifying negative / distorted thinking patterns based on principles from Cognitive Therapy.”

Stigma
”Understand your mood trends and take charge of your mental wellness.”

What’s Up
”The app is based on principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and includes multiple features: education about common thinking errors and various healthier alternatives; breathing techniques for relaxation; a guided grounding exercise; a log for tracking ‘good’ and ‘bad’ habits; a personal diary for recording thoughts and rating feelings; a ‘Catastrophe Scale’ for gaining perspective on problems; open forums for discussion with other users; and a selection of positive quotes and other motivational material.”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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