RealConvo Photos & Videos

5 hours ago

Governor signs bill ensuring years of support for state suicide prevention efforts⁣ ⁣ By signing Senate Bill 10, the governor extended the termination date of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2027, ensuring eight more years of support. ( @ktva11news )⁣ ⁣ #stopsuicide #suicideprevention #realconvo #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #depression #anxiety #suicideawareness #endthestigma #suicide #trauma #abuse #stopthestigma #mentalillness

112
9 hours ago

Hi! My name is LJ. I'm inquisitive, goofy and follow my heart. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DC (LICSW) and MD (LCSW-C). I'm also an artist, a solution-finder and an entrepreneur. I created Propel Productions Center, Inc. as a platform to talk about mental health in unconventional ways. I use expressive arts (dance, poetry, food, design, etc) in my clinical practice to engage, educate and explore behavioral health & emotional wellness! Stay tuned as we focus on topics like: heathy relationships & boundaries, body confidence & empowerment, burnout & self-care and so much more! Journey to be Happy. Healthy. wHole. PPC 🧡💙💚 #artbasedlearning 🎭🎬👣📚🍴📷🎨 #socialemotionallearning #expressivearts #arts #mindfulness #mentalhealth #relationships #mentalhealthmatters #wellness #socialwork #nasw #trauma #selfcare #selflove #artheals #happyhealthywhole #artspeaks #propelproductionscenter #dmv #maryland #pgcounty #blackmindsmatter #realconvo #healthyboundaries #boundaries #therapy #grouptherapy #groupwork #teens #teencounselor

200
9 hours ago

Just so you know, you can have a real convo with me too 💗 YOU MATTER, yes YOU, the person reading this. #Repost @chelloworld ・・・ Sometimes all it takes to make a difference for someone is for them to know that someone is willing to listen, to have a conversation, and to know that where there is help, there is hope for the future. #RealConvo #StopSuicide #KeepHopeAlive #afsp

171
17 hours ago

The campaign to support @46climbs and the @afspnational has begun with my hike last weekend. (Link in my bio!) Last September, I hiked 109 miles and raised $1636 because of your outpouring of love and generosity!!💙 . . This summer, I am attempting to hike 300 miles to continue to support and raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. The statistics for our youth is staggering. Please consider donating to this imperative cause. It’s time to start the #realconvo. Stronger together, J . . Noonmark’s Shoulder 6/23/19 . #46climbs #adirondacks #adk #stopsuicide #strongertogether #mentalhealthawareness #hike #highpeaks #mountains #goeast #neverstopexploring #getoutside

491
18 hours ago

I mostly post for women because duhh I am a woman but mental health is just as if not more important for men to talk about. Often times men won't ask for help because it's not the manly thing to do you have to man up and deal with it but that's not true it's ok to ask for help when you need it. #mensmentalhealthawareness #mensmentalhealth #realconvo #mentalillness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #namicares #depression #ptsd #anxiety #ocd

92
18 hours ago

Our next introduction is Clint Cooper. Clint is a Marriage and Family Therapist here with us at the @lkinstitute who specializes in couples, relationships, anxiety, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ populations, and EMDR. He was awarded his undergraduate degree at High Point University and his masters degree from Mercer University, where he joined one of his professors on a research team that he still participates and produces journal articles with currently. Clint originally was interested in becoming a therapist to help couples navigate the process of relationships through any difficulty, including divorce, all while serving the needs of each individual and the entire family. In his free time, Clint enjoys Crossfit, hiking, sight-seeing, traveling, and spending time with nature.

252
23 hours ago

It’s been awhile since I posted Ashley’s Art. She was incredibly talented. Each piece shows a corner of her mind with so much emotion. I always wondered what we would see from her as she continued to improve. For now, they are reminders of who she was. 💛 - - - #bekind #bethere #livedeeply #selfacceptance #bethe1to #youareenough #youmatter #suicideprevention #suicidelosssurvivor #stopthestigma #stopsuicide #nostigma #endthestigma #tellyourstory #creativity #mentalhealthmatters #realconvo #arttherapy #artist

471
23 hours ago

Stop the thinking that someone else’s perspective is wrong before you ever understand where they’re coming from. Stop. It’s not helping anyone. . Today, we LISTEN WITH KINDNESS. ↪️ How will you be kind today? #kindness

372
1 day ago

Mental illness is a battle with yourself but don’t stop fighting. Find ways to relieve yourself from your mind and de-stress. #realconvo #mentalhealthawareness

290
1 day ago

❤ I'm here. There is Hope.❤ YOU CAN get through this and Anything. If you or anyone you know is struggling BE THERE. The only bad conversation is one you Never have. Day 172 . . I don't care who you are, if you know me, or don't... . REACH OUT TO ME, SOMEONE ELSE OR SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE.DAY OR NIGHT. . . I saw a story this morning about a young gamer and YouTube Personality @etika whose body was found after he left a I'm Sorry Video due to Suicide. I am Heartbroken. It's okay to not be okay people! We need to bring more awareness to Mental Health issues! Depression is Treatable. You can get through this. Let's all do our parts and let others know you are there for them! YOU ARE ENOUGH. IT WILL GET BETTER. YOU ARE LOVED. #bethe1toask #suicideprevention #mentalhealthawareness #healer #youmatter #suicide #bethere #blessed #grateful #thankful #selflove #selfworth #yourenough #youmatter #realconvo #depression #anxiety #stress #safe #hope @800273talk

90
1 day ago

Music has been our favorite source of entertainment since ages. It brings to us a sense of pleasure and contentment. . It is no surprise that music can lift your mood instantly. Music can influence your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. But, there are other psychological benefits that music offers. Let's have a look: 1. Music helps in reducing stress 2. Music improves performance on cognitive tasks (Try playing background instrumental music to boost your mental performance) 3. Music can be a motivator and inspire you to take actions towards your goals (Have you ever felt pumped after listening to a fast beat song ?) 4. Music helps to relieve pain 5. Music therapy is an adjunctive intervention for Anxiety and depressive disorders. . Listen to music to boost your overall psychological wellbeing. . Do you listen to music to relax your mind?

253
1 day ago

Lime green is building momentum as the national color for mental health awareness. Wearing the lime green ribbon is a great way to open an honest dialogue with friends, family, classmates and co-workers about mental illness. It’s also an easy way to show your support for anyone on a mental health journey. #orangecounty #endthestigma #support #totalwellness #mentalhealthawareness #recovery #community #mentalillness #limegreenribbon #namioc #nami #nationalallianceonmentalillness #mentalhealth #suicide #whycare #namicares #suicideprevention #semicolon #realconvo #dialogue #talkaboutit #journey

312
1 day ago

Today is my brother’s birthday. We don’t celebrate together because I lost him to suicide in 2006. In numbers it seems a long time. In my heart it seems like yesterday. I am so much better and stronger and have come really far in understanding mental illness. Then, on the other hand, if I take a minute to allow myself to really think about him and who he was to me I am filled with sadness and loss. It’s complicated and not an easy topic. I am protective of him. I live with regret that can never be fixed. I can only always, always encourage kindness and discourage judgment. So many people struggle and seek connections in this tough world. Please, please, I seriously beg you - extend a hand when you can, offer an ear, and remember we can never know what someone else is dealing with. We don’t know what is behind the face that is being presented. Kindness is always the best choice. People need people and we can offer that easily. We don’t have to understand it. ☀️ For years, as a grief counselor, I have always encouraged people in my groups to have a plan in place on days like this just in case. I did not make a plan today because I think at this point I am fine. Then, earlier today, my neighbor and friend asked if I wanted to go to dinner. I went and had such a good time. Funny how fate has a way of stepping in. ☀️ Cheers to you, Scott. I love you and miss you. You are never forgotten. ❤️ ☀️ (Photos are of Scott at Yosemite where he loved to climb, our mom and I with his wife and daughters, who I adore, and tonight, with the girls I have been so lucky to get to call my friends.) . . . #choosekindness #bebrave #mentalhealthawareness #suicideprevention #afsp #afspnational #mentalhealth #endthestigma #outofthedarkness #stopsuicide #bethevoice #love #realconvo #bethe1to #beafriend #nojudgment #run #running #runner #runningcommunity

8537
1 day ago

#letstalkaboutmentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #mentalhealthawarenessweek #realconvo #afsp #suicideprevention #mentalhealthconversations #mentalhealtheducation #gettinghelp #talkaboutit #mentalwellness . . . #Repost @sadgirlsclub ・・・ When was the last time you took care of yourself, even if others considered it selfish? Remember, you can't set yourself on fire to keep others warm - though obligations are important for all of us to honor, it's harder to follow through succesfully when you're neglecting your own care. ( @thealiciacook via @poppyjamie )

1147
1 day ago

On days like today, Every raindrop that falls From the sky Feels like a metaphor. On days like today, I wish beating myself up Was a competitive sport Because then I'd actually Be the best at something. On days like today, I refuse to eat Because yesterday Is still undigested, Like my shame, Like my promises To myself To do better. On days like today, I want to run away, But I can't because The thing I want To escape so badly Is attached to my neck. On days like today, The only way to Make it though is To write a poem that Makes me cry, Makes me move These emotions Piled on top of My dreams. On days like today, I don't know why I ever let myself Have dreams In the first place. On days like today, I wonder if I'm Strong enough To hold the pain Moving through me. On days like today, I remember all the Times I've been Called brave and Felt nothing because They didn't see What it took to get there. On days like today, I'm tired of what it Takes to get there, But I keep on walking. On days like today, When the darkness Wraps its cosmic cape Around my limbs And reminds me Of everything I'm not, I remember what I am. On days like today, When my mind feels Like a prison, And my body feels Like a pile of rubble, The only way out Is through my art. On days like today, Each moment I spend writing Feels like failure, Feels like it's not Good enough because It doesn't rhyme, And the nicest thing I can do for myself Is to just let it exist, To not delete The most honest parts. On days like today, I cancel all my plans Just to reread Poems like this one And cry and cry Until my tears run dry, Until the bile of Judgmental stories Stuffed down my throat Comes up decades later, Maybe generations later Because I am the first In a long line of hurt people Willing to sit in the darkness Purging the toxins of shame. On days like today, I'm grateful for these Poems that don't rhyme, And I remember all the Times writing has Saved my life by Being the only rope I could always grab onto When my thoughts Turned into quicksand. On days like today, My art is the only thing About me that I don't hate. And on days like today, That just has To be enough.

13214
1 day ago

Did you know there are cat cafes where you can go snuggle kitties, hang out and drink coffee? We visited the @denvercatco over the weekend and it was such a rewarding and fun time for us and our children. So even if you’re maxed out with kitties in your home, you can go relax with kitties still waiting to find their #fureverhome and being around animals is good for your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing too. 🐾♥️ . . . . . #catsofinstagram #cat #kitten #catcafe #coffee #relax #adoptdontshop #help #care #inspiration #endthestigma #itsagoodday #dogoodwork #therapy #selfcare #realconvo #mentalhealth #maternalmentalhealth #depression #anxiety #ptsd #crps #ivketamine #ketaminetherapy #veteran

230
1 day ago

We have taken a short break to take care of a family matter. We will be back soon. Thank you all for your prayers and support.🧡🙏🏻 We want want to wish our sister @nina_prudente a very happy birthday 🎂💗🥳 She is one of the kindest, sweetest, genuine person I know... without her there wouldn’t be a Tori and Louie in our house 🐶🏠🐶 Many people get pets to help with depression and to fill a void or for emotional support. Sometimes you may need a little something more. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Please know it’s okay, it’s not shameful and you are not alone. You are enough!! Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. #happybirthday #wemissyou #onedayatatime #selfcare . . . . . #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #keepfighting #staystrong #standtogether #depression #youareenough #yourlifematters #anxiety #tot #yorkie #depression #life #happiness #positivity #stopthestigma #nami #afsp #SameHere 🤙 #culleystrong #emotionalsupportdog #love #dogmom #dogs #dogsofinsta

20626
2 days ago

The harsh reality, isn't it? . Remember the saying ' Prevention is better than cure". People spend a lot of money on getting expensive treatments, which in most cases can be avoided if we just incorporate a healthy lifestyle in our routines. . Mental health problems are on a massive rise. But are we preparing ourselves enough to handle them? . Let us all adapt a healthy lifestyle to enhance our mental health. Here are my 6 tips : 1. Get physically active 2. Eat healthy 3. Get adequate rest 4. Avoid substance abuse /smoking 5. Build a social support system 6. Ask for help when in need. . Stay mentally healthy and happy 💪

524
2 days ago

🏳️‍🌈June is #PrideMonth 🏳️‍🌈 A month to commemorate the Stonewall riots & #celebrate all gender identities & sexual orientations. A chance to recognize how far the #LGBTQ + community has come, but also remember those lost along the way & how far there still is to go. . I’ve always been an ally. Fresh out of high school, my uncle brought me to #SanFranciscoPride , where I hopped the fence & marched. But I never really understood the fuss. For years I celebrated, but didn’t fully comprehend. I waved flags, but didn’t know why it was needed. . Then I had a #girlfriend. We were walking down the street holding hands when a man began hollering at us, yelling slurs, calling us sinners. I could honestly care less what he said to me - I’m strong, resilient, & #DGAF. But I remember thinking how devastating that could be to a young person trying to figure out their identity, somebody just learning how to be their authentic self, or someone still struggling with feelings of guilt or shame. 🏳️‍🌈Then I understood #Pride 🏳️‍🌈 . Someone who is LGBTQ+ and suffers from #mentalillness has to deal with a double stigma. According to @mentalhealthamerica : 🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+ individuals are 3 times more likely to experience a mental health issue & 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, & substance misuse 🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+ youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts, & engage in self-harm 🏳️‍🌈20-30% of LGBTQ+ individuals abuse substances, compared to 9% of the general population 🏳️‍🌈25% of LGBTQ+ individuals abuse alcohol, compared to 5-10% of the general population 🏳️‍🌈48% of trans individuals experience suicidal ideation compared to 4% of the general population . Whether you identify as one of the colors of the #rainbow , or are an ally cloud helping hold the rainbow up, I see you. You are beautiful. You are strong. You deserve equality. The genitals|orientation|identity|expression of you or your partner does not change the fact that you are human. #loveislove 🏳️‍🌈Now I understand the significance of the #PrideFlag 🏳️‍🌈 . 📷: @aletheaphotography

10612
2 days ago

ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS LEFT! ・・・ We are continuing our #RealConvo campaign throughout #PrideMonth and want to challenge you to register for one (or more) of our 11 Indiana #OutoftheDarkness Walks, donate to yourself, and receive a PRIDE shirt. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 Here’s how it works: 1) Go to afsp.org/walks and register for a walk (if you aren’t already registered for an IN walk yet) 2) Donate $25 to yourself by midnight on 6/26 (donation must be made between today 6/13 and 6/26 for this challenge) 3)Then email ksteuer @afsp.org with subject line: “Celebrate #PrideMonth ”, include your name, your mailing address, your shirt size and whether you want the white t-shirt or the black tank top! (Only individuals who send the email will receive the shirt) *** we also have a special surprise we will add too! #IndianaPride #WorldPride #StopSuicide #indypride #bethevoice #pride #pridemonth #pride 🌈 #youareloved #youmatter #🌈

552
2 days ago

This was a busy weekend for me. So busy in fact that I felt a little off when I was getting ready for work this morning. But I remembered a quote from Benjamin Franklin that was the perfect prompt for some morning journaling. #curioustribe . . . . . #letstalkaboutmentalhealth #mentalhealthconversations #realconvo #mentalhealth #mentalhealthrecovery #healingisnotlinear #emotionalquotes #innerchildwork #artofinstagram #dootdoodles #goals #dailydoodle #emomemes #relatablequotes #currentmood #mentalhealthadvocate

950
2 days ago

••Sunshine•• 🌞There’s something so therapeutic about feeling the sun’s rays on my skin. Do you feel mentally rejuvenated after being outside too? Let us know how you’re getting some natural Vitamin D today 😎

81
2 days ago

We stopped by the Statehouse today where we talked with the @afspnewjersey about the importance of having difficult conversations with friends and loved ones about how they’re feeling to #StopSuicide. Board Member Wendy Sefcik, who lost her 16-year-old son to suicide, presented Commissioner Elnahal with a Lifesavers Club Award 🥇 for his dedication to mental health awareness and suicide prevention! DID YOU KNOW 689 people died by suicide in New Jersey in 2016? These statistics are not just numbers. They are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons and far too many people who have suffered the loss of their loved ones due to suicide. The NJ Hopeline: 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735) is a place to go for help. We pledge to advocate and start a #RealConvo.

210
2 days ago

I went to pick up groceries earlier. While I was waiting for the delivery, I noticed a young man with slumped shoulders take a seat outside of the store. I watched him for a few minutes. A thought went through my mind, “Ask him if he is okay.” I couldn’t shake it. All I could think about were others going through their day, slumped shoulders and a look of defeat. I didn’t approach him, but I asked a store worker to ask the young man if he was okay. He perked up and told me that the young man worked there and did not want to be at work, but he needed the money. I understood. Who wants to work when you don’t enjoy it? My heart went out to him. There was just something about his posture that said so much more. - - - #bekind #bethere #livedeeply #selfacceptance #bethe1to #youareenough #youmatter #suicideprevention #compassion #suicidelosssurvivor #stopthestigma #stopsuicide #nostigma #endthestigma #tellyourstory #mentalhealthmatters #realconvo

300
2 days ago

there are a lot of things people consider as taboo. some of them are kept inside certain people's chests, waiting to explode. a psychologist said, "when a matter left undiscussed, it will remain taboo, and no one will find the answer." . then one night, in the middle of a strange phone call, I realize that all it takes was reciprocal trust between two people to break the stigma, and start the conversation. welp, building trust wasn't easy, but you can if you want to. . a little bit of your time and trust might send someone into the light, and you'll never know how much they want to hug you for being there and have #realconvo with them. it is okay to be sensitive. humans were born with brain and feelings. and if you're someone who's looking for the end of the tunnel, I encourage you to appreciate every little step you've got. 🍀

87
2 days ago

"thikai cha thikai cha" 🙄😕 agree? comment or dm me random thoughts coming in your head. i am posting silly and good thoughts all summer #shareyourthoughts #realconvo

345
3 days ago

🤣🤣🤣This is so me & the girl. Love bitmoji stories! #realconvo &sit #FAXXX !

62
3 days ago

We have been programmed by our society to perceive people struggling with mental health conditions to be crazy and dangerous. We have been told by society to stay away from them and leave them to themselves. . Now, these are huge lies. We need to stop this from percolating into the future generation. . Let us stand together and be the generation who talks about mental health openly and smash the mental health stigma. Let's do this 💪

422
3 days ago

I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ll be returning to the streets of New York City this fall to run the NYC Marathon! I am so thankful to be running this year in support of Suicide Prevention with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), a cause that is very close to my heart, as well as many of my family and friends. My run will be in memory of one of my dearest friends Madison Holleran, who passed away on January 17th, 2014. Among the long list of Madison's stand-out qualities was her love for running, so I feel grateful to be able to honor her in this way. • • Please consider making a donation to the AFSP, in honor of Madison, and all those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Together, we can work to reduce the rate of suicide, break the stigma surrounding mental illness, and be positive voices for change. • • Link: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/afsp2019/clairemalone1 • • If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at ‪1-800-273-8255‬. #StopSuicide #RealConvo #OutOfTheDarkness #SuicideAwareness #NYCMarathon

39528
3 days ago

Addendum to previous post: . Also for those who think to themselves "I had no idea this person was in such a hard place! How could I not have known?!" . Because THAT is how stigma works! We are ashamed /embarrassed of and even in denial that we COULD EVER share this horrible secret. . I've been living with some form of depression & anxiety for at least 35 years. It's a part of me versus something that occasionally shows up ~ it's not like a cold or a stomach flu ~ but it can manifest as such sometimes. . And just because I post a "nice" picture or words for a few days DOES NOT mean my depression is magically gone. #SorryNotSorry . . . #RealConvo #ISeeYouProject2019 #BreakTheStigma #MentalHealthMatters @charliemackesy #artwork #suicidalthoughts #depressionisreal #checkonyourstrongfriends #SmilesDontMeanImOk #mentalhealthawareness #stoptheshame

200
3 days ago

You are succeeding at something (ie chronic tardiness, stress, weight gain), but maybe it's not what you want 🤔 what are you consistently doing? Where can you make the tiniest change to begin a shift towards the success you want! PPC 🧡💙💚 #artbasedlearning 🎭🎬👣📚🍴📷🎨 #socialemotionallearning #expressivearts #arts #mindfulness #mentalhealth #relationships #mentalhealthmatters #wellness #socialwork #nasw #trauma #selfcare #selflove #artheals #happyhealthywhole #artspeaks #propelproductionscenter #dmv #maryland #pgcounty #blackmindsmatter #realconvo #healthyboundaries #boundaries #therapy #grouptherapy #groupwork

400
3 days ago

The internal war between anxiety and depression can be cyclical. Anxiety can trigger depression, and depression may trigger anxiety. How positive is your self talk in the midst of a battle? PPC 🧡💙💚 #artbasedlearning 🎭🎬👣📚🍴📷🎨 #socialemotionallearning #expressivearts #arts #mindfulness #mentalhealth #relationships #mentalhealthmatters #wellness #socialwork #nasw #trauma #selfcare #selflove #artheals #happyhealthywhole #artspeaks #propelproductionscenter #dmv #maryland #pgcounty #blackmindsmatter #realconvo #healthyboundaries #boundaries #therapy #grouptherapy #groupwork

473
3 days ago

This weekend Pamella and I decided to promote a recent @drphilpodcast , "Dr. Phil Gets Real About Suicide..." b/c at about 21:37 in, @drphil and @coachmikebayer discuss that often someone about to take their life may no longer looked depressed and be in better spirits. Dr. Phil also eases fears for anyone who has anxiety about calling into a hotline by providing info on what to expect. *************** Thank you all so much for listening, subscribing and sharing @StevenFrainSister #podcasts with those suffering from the aftermath of loosing someone to suicide or struggling with mental illness. As always, we welcome your comments and future show suggestions. 💗🤗 #drphil #samanthabennington @dessertjustrocks #copingtools #mentalhealth #addiction #youarenotalone #mentalhealthawareness #suicidelosssurvivor #survivorsofsuicideloss #stevenfrainsister #prescribedpodcasts #suicideprevention #breakthesilence #stopsuicide #realconvo

1343
3 days ago

This weekend @samanthabennington and I decide to promote a recent @drphilpodcast , "Dr. Phil Gets Real About Suicide..." b/c at about 21:37 in, @drphil and @coachmikebayer discuss that often someone about to take their life may no longer looked depressed and be in better spirits. Dr. Phil also eases fears for anyone who has anxiety about calling into a hotline by providing info on what to expect. *************** Thank you all so much for listening, subscribing and sharing @StevenFrainSister #podcasts with those suffering from the aftermath of loosing someone to suicide or struggling with mental illness. As always, we welcome your comments and future show suggestions. 💗🤗 #drphil #samanthabennington @dessertjustrocks #copingtools #mentalhealth #addiction #youarenotalone #mentalhealthawareness #suicidelosssurvivor #survivorsofsuicideloss #stevenfrainsister #prescribedpodcasts #suicideprevention #breakthesilence #stopsuicide #realconvo

281
3 days ago

Sometimes I worry I'm "too much". . Sometimes I'm scared people will not want to talk to me/not know what to say or avoid me when they see me in person. . Sometimes I wish I hadn't opened up and been vulnerable. . Sometimes I feel anxious about sharing ANOTHER mental health status. . Fuck all that! It's only noise coming from my anxiety voice. I cannot UNsee what I've seen. I cannot UNfeel what I've felt. And no bell can be UNrung... *********************** #REPOST @cherylafsp with @get_repost ・・・ Tonight my friends and fellow survivors of suicide are walking #outofthedarkness in Boston. I walked in the very first OOTD overnight walk in 2002 from Fairfax, VA to the Washington Monument in DC. It was 26 gruesome miles. I could barely move my legs as the sun came up but I took my final steps and collapsed on the lawn into the arms of my Mom with the greatest sense of accomplishment I've ever known. That night was the most powerful experience I've had in my life. Along the way I met people who shared their stories of their loved ones who had taken their lives. Children lined the streets at 2 am clapping and cheering, handing us glowsticks and bottles of water. Elderly people in lawn chairs shook our hands, hugged us and thanked us for bringing attention to this taboo topic. We've come a long way since that first walk. I am proud of every single person who has participated in any overnight walk, campus walk or community walk over the last 17 years. Without the support of these people we would not have advanced research, education and awareness while erasing the #stigma attached to #mentalillness. A huge thank you to everyone involved and especially the @afsplehighvalley for everything you do locally. Did you know that #suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US every year? 44,965. That's roughly one every 12 minutes. It is our goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. #breakthestigma #MentalHealth #mentalhealthawareness #afsp #BeTheVoice #StopSuicide #RealConvo #BeHereTomorrow #TalkSavesLives #SeizeTheAwkward #stigmafree #ruok #1in4 #suicideprevention #YouMatter #YouAreWorthy #YouAreNotAlone #Project2025

445
4 days ago

Tonight my friends and fellow survivors of suicide are walking #outofthedarkness in Boston. I walked in the very first OOTD overnight walk in 2002 from Fairfax, VA to the Washington Monument in DC. It was 26 gruesome miles. I could barely move my legs as the sun came up but I took my final steps and collapsed on the lawn into the arms of my Mom with the greatest sense of accomplishment I've ever known. That night was the most powerful experience I've had in my life. Along the way I met people who shared their stories of their loved ones who had taken their lives. Children lined the streets at 2 am clapping and cheering, handing us glowsticks and bottles of water. Elderly people in lawn chairs shook our hands, hugged us and thanked us for bringing attention to this taboo topic. We've come a long way since that first walk. I am proud of every single person who has participated in any overnight walk, campus walk or community walk over the last 17 years. Without the support of these people we would not have advanced research, education and awareness while erasing the #stigma attached to #mentalillness. A huge thank you to everyone involved and especially the @afsplehighvalley for everything you do locally. Did you know that #suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US every year? 44,965. That's roughly one every 12 minutes. It is our goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025. #breakthestigma #MentalHealth #mentalhealthawareness #afsp #BeTheVoice #StopSuicide #RealConvo #BeHereTomorrow #TalkSavesLives #SeizeTheAwkward #stigmafree #ruok #1in4 #suicideprevention #YouMatter #YouAreWorthy #YouAreNotAlone #Project2025

552
4 days ago

We often cling on to our past mistakes, loss of loved one or broken relationships. While it's absolutely okay to feel awful over your past regrets, mourn over the loss of a loved one, and take your own time to heal from a past relationship. But the only way forward is to let go. Holding on restricts us from exploring new opportunities, takes away our freedom and hampers our present. Cherish the memories from your past, lessons learnt from experiences and move on to create many more beautiful moments. Life goes on, and so should you. Free yourself from your toxic past to witness a better future for yourself. Don't hold on, accept what is and move on. It's okay to let go! . Leave a 💛 below and share if you agree

341
4 days ago

How do you respond to loved ones with mental health conditions? Health is health. When an illness or ailment presents itself, regardless of it being visible to the eye...it is relevant, valid and important! PPC 🧡💙💚 #artbasedlearning 🎭🎬👣📚🍴📷🎨 #socialemotionallearning #expressivearts #arts #mindfulness #mentalhealth #relationships #mentalhealthmatters #wellness #socialwork #nasw #trauma #selfcare #selflove #artheals #happyhealthywhole #artspeaks #propelproductionscenter #dmv #maryland #pgcounty #blackmindsmatter #realconvo #healthyboundaries #boundaries #therapy #grouptherapy #groupwork

412
4 days ago

“I’m not perfect, and you KNOW this. But the way you look at me, I’d never know that you know” - I told Alex this in our vows 8 months ago. And I’m genuinely blown away EVERY. SINGLE. DAY by his commitment and unconditional love for me. It’s easy to say the words, and make the promises that look like unconditional love. But to actually do it, day in and day out, is a whole different beast. * * I used to be a morning person. A planner, financially organized, and obsessively driven. I was touchy feely, and loved planning date nights. Depression has taken that away from me. And some days it feels like my body and mind are failing me. Like everything I used to be great at, and what I was known for, are gone. The past few months have been especially hard, and there were times I fully believed those parts of me were gone forever. I’ve become a shitty sleeper, can barely get out of bed most mornings, and am a scatterbrain all day. Dealing with our finances gives me panic attacks. Food and sleep motivate me more than anything, and every insecurity screams in my head when Alex touches me. * * He could resent me and complain about me. He could be offended and pull away from me. But somehow, he’s embraced every change in me, loved them even. He’s held me tighter when I don’t think I even deserve to be talked to, and reassured me that the old parts of me will slowly come back to us. * * I finally trust that that will happen. I don’t know when, and the waiting is excruciating some days, but I have faith. I’ve made peace with the house I let go, the laundry that piles up, and the frozen pizzas I make us for dinner. There’s less guilt and shame for not feeling intimate, or the days I let myself go. But every day is a struggle to remember these things, and Alex is 💯% my best friend, partner, and biggest supporter through it all. EVERYONE deserves exactly this kind of love. That’s why I’m posting this. Selfishly, yes, it helps me heal to talk about my mental illness. But I’ve also been in unhealthy relationships, and it sure would’ve been nice to learn a long long time ago that I deserved all this❤️ * * @michelelovetri following you has given me the courage to speak up❤️ty❤

302
4 days ago

It’s been 11 years. Wow. 11 freaking years. My life has never been the same since you chose to leave. I’m doing ok but could probably be doing so much better if you had stayed with us and worked on healing . . . Sure, maybe you would have initially hated my moving away to CA but ultimately I bet you would have followed. And you would have been happy. We could have been happy again. . . . You caused so much heartache those last few years but you didn’t know how to handle all the crazy negative emotions that had been bubbling inside you and suppressed for so long. If only you had stuck it out and tried to heal, our lives would look much different today. Why didn’t you? . . . If YOU, yes YOU reading my post...if you are in mental pain, please please please try and gather all the strength you have and reach out. Talk to your loved ones. Talk to a professional. Text the crisis hot line. Whatever it takes. Don’t stay isolated in despair when there is light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to keep trudging through and you will eventually get there! . . . And if you have a loved one who seems out of sorts, please talk to them. Ask them how they are doing. And don’t just let them leave it at “fine” if you suspect something serious is really going on. Don’t be afraid to ask if they are thinking of hurting themselves. It won’t put the thought into their head; if anything it opens the door for communication and ends the stigma surrounding mental illness. Let’s do everything we can to show our loved ones we are here for them no matter what and they can have a #realconvo with us. Help me #bethevoice and #stopsuicide . . . #worldwithoutsuicide #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #suicideprevention #afsp #healthiswealth #missingyou #healing #rip

405
4 days ago

Tonight is the night! I’ll be #UpAllNight with @afspnational for the #OvernightWalk in #boston ... I’m slightly more than anxious about it, but I’m going to get through it, right? Thank you for all of your support and donations! I hope my participation can help start a #realconvo about #mentalhealth and #suicide ❤️💙💛 _________________________________________ #teamItGetsBetter #weightlossprogress #losingweight #fattofit #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #exercise #dailyworkout #dontquit #putinthework #losingweight #fattofit #fitmom #fitmoms #fitmommy #fitbishes #fitfam #workhard #eatclean #cleaneating #macros #macronutrients

261
4 days ago

#RealConvo needs to be had, don't avoid the REALity of it.

00
4 days ago

Your life matters, and we're here for you. Reach out to our friends at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Crisis Text Line, The Trevor Project, SAGE and Trans Lifeline if you're struggling today. We will be at Scott Park in Easton celebrating #Pride today. Stop by and say hello. #breakthestigma #MentalHealth #mentalhealthawareness #afsp #BeTheVoice #StopSuicide #RealConvo #BeHereTomorrow #TalkSavesLives #SeizeTheAwkward #stigmafree #ruok #1in4 #suicideprevention #outofthedarkness #YouMatter #YouAreWorthy #YouAreNotAlone #LGBTQ #translivesmatter ❤🧡💛💚💙💜🏳️‍🌈

380
4 days ago

My heart is full. Family is my everything. As time passes, I have to scroll further and further back on my photo roll to find photos of all of us together. The photos are different now. Yesterday, it had an impact on me as I struggled with the thought of how time passes so quickly. I am filled with so much love for these people! They are my life and I am eternally grateful to have them as my tribe. - - - #loveyourtribe #bekind #bethere #livedeeply #selfacceptance #bethe1to #youareenough #youmatter #suicideprevention #suicidelosssurvivor #stopthestigma #stopsuicide #nostigma #endthestigma #tellyourstory #mentalhealthmatters #realconvo

680
5 days ago

“And when I fall to pieces, he takes my hand and holds me close, until I’m whole again” ♥️♥️♥️

303
5 days ago

last week @afspnational reached out to me to discuss the way their employee, christopher amato, has been harassing me online over the past two years. they gave me their CFO's details and said that this would be his first priority upon his return this past monday. now i am blocked from their instagram with no response. please share & tag them (in your repost or in stories, they won't see this post since i am now blocked) to amplify my message. the american foundation for suicide prevention organisation hires abusers and silences victims. their CFO is daniel killpack. dkillpack @afsp.org. #mentalhealthawareness #americanfoundationforsuicideprevention #realconvo

21321