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How To Be There For Your Friends With Mental Illness… When You Have One Yourself

We all want to help our friends who are struggling with mental illness, but this can be tough especially if you are dealing with your own mental health issues. Too often people think that their experiences mental illness are the same as yours, and that just is not true. Everyone is different and everyone struggles differently. Here are some tips to help you be there for your friends and take care of yourself.

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8 Quick Tips to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Everyone has those days when they look at themselves in the mirror and think, “I’m not good enough” and we ALL know they suck. Check out these quick tips to boost your self-esteem.

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A Day To Heal Together – International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, 11/22

For many loss survivors, like me, the yearly International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is important. Two years ago I watched the Survivors Day webcast alone in my living room and began to understand that I was anything but alone.

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After Every Storm Comes a Rainbow: How Jesse Conquered His Bullies and Self-Doubt

My story? I’m happy to say that I am still living it. But, here is the preface.

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Mental Illness is My Crucible

The strongest metal is forged from the hottest fire. I see the fire as a symbol for a crucible, or any type of trial in your life. Having the will to survive your crucible will make you into the strongest metal. My crucible was my depression.

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The Real Reason I Got a Tattoo

Some people paint to express themselves. Others draw or write, and some get tattoos.

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Power Up Your Willpower

Would you rather receive one dollar now or wait a week to receive two dollars? Do you have the self-control to delay gratification? Here are some tips to overcome temptation and put the power your willpower.

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How To Manage Your Anxiety In College

Going to college and away from everything you’ve ever known is stressful. For someone with anxiety, like me, it can feel even more overwhelming and challenging. Here are some tips to stay calm when you feel anxious, they work for me.

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A Walk That Changed My Life

Walking through Seattle to raise awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was amazing. It helped me to overcome my insecurities about talking to others about my depression and anxiety. I may have started the walk alone, but I left with great new friends and a feeling that I could conquer anything.

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Feeling Broken ≠ Broken

My depression caused the lens through which I saw everything to crack and break . This broken lens fractured how I felt about the world and how I felt about myself. I thought I was broken and defective. But, just because you are looking through a broken lens does not mean that you are broken.

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