trulysophisticat:

There really needs to be more support for children with mental illness, or support for mental illness in all POC communities. I know the biggest hurdle for me when I started therapy was fighting through the need to be stoic and to “act strong” and keep up appearances for my family, in order to…

greenwickpress:

chocolatechilipepper:

I just opened this up casually but ended up relating to it an uncomfortable amount, especially the small goals part right now.  I think I’m going to keep it open for a while and try to go one step at a time on things I need to do.

I’m glad it is helping. The best thing I have found for anxiety is to be able to stand back and look at it, and see it for what it is. I am very lucky that I’ve spend the last four or so years in a very anxiety-supportive environment. Now I’m at a place where I can observe it when experiencing high stress and writing down my experiences.

I just think everyone who has anxiety, who is being told to get over it or just having it ignored, needs to know that no, it’s actually real. That if someone suddenly stepped into your life right this minute and had to deal with what you were dealing with, that they’d probably buckle under and have to go rest somewhere before they break. It’s not a fix to know that, but it is very important.

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chocolatechilipepper:

I just opened this up casually but ended up relating to it an uncomfortable amount, especially the small goals part right now.  I think I’m going to keep it open for a while and try to go one step at a time on things I need to do.

This isn’t my issue, but I’m glad boosting the signal is helping someone.  It seemed like something that could help both people with anxiety and their friends trying to better understand.

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TW: Suicide It is time to get real about the suicide rate in the military.

TW: Suicide:

There’s been a lot of talk since the recent Fort Hood Shooting about how we should arm soldiers on base.  This is a terrible idea.  While mass shootings on military bases are terrible, they are extremely rare.  You know what isn’t rare?  Active duty and veteran gun suicide.  The rate is alarmingly high and going up all the time.  We send the same 1% of our population to your after tour in combat zones over seas.  Counseling services are hard to access and have long waiting lists.  Marines essentially have no access at all.  We give them no real help adjusting to being back in the world.  Basically, we’ve decided it’s a great idea to expose them to years of high stress and extreme trauma and give them little to no help with dealing with that.  A particularly vulnerable time is when they’ve just returned from a tour.  Seriously, a whole lot more people will die from gun suicides than could possibly be saved by arming everyone on the military base.

We should be acting to make gun suicide less common, not more.

Those of you who know me know the obvious reason this is personal and something I am vehement about, but he’s not the only soldier I’ve been close to in one sense or another, and I’ve had late night conversations about guns, active duty, and suicidal ideation with friends who survived.

So please, keep in mind the real cost in lives if everybody is going to be armed on base all the time, as the Right is demanding.

sothinky:

robinalaska:

I have SO MANY FEELINGS about this episode that I don’t know if I’ll be able to convince myself that I have time to figure out how to put them into words. Maybe I’ll ask for prompts this weekend. Here are some unpolished thoughts, mostly re: Blaine, that I wanted…

This is brilliant.  Thank you.

"Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., talks with Rachel Maddow about a new bill he is introducing to the Senate to try to reduce the number of suicides by veterans."

"If you believe online activists to be “slacktivists”, I want you to think long and hard about WHY someone would choose online activism. Mental health issues? Transportation issues? Maybe something else? Maybe the many more DANGEROUS reasons?"

@Wolferfly:

In my case, I can’t do anything involving lots of standing or jostling crowds.  If I’m taking the wheelchair, I most likely would need a helper.  If I bring a lawn chair, their must be handicapped parking close by.  Big protests are impossible due to there not being enough close parking and the real danger of me getting knocked down and possibly very badly injured.  As a result the last protest I went to was a small counter protest against people trying to shut down Planned Parenthood, as the PP folks let us us their parking lot and I could use a lawn chair.  There was no chance of jostling as we were strung out in a line.  I have limited energy and so much of it goes to things that are not optional, like subsistence, or Doctor’s appointments, etc..  I must pick my rare public appearances at events carefully.

Marches are right out.  Crowded chaotic things like PRIDE are out.  (I have been knocked down by toddlers at the grocery store.)  Long events, especially that start early in the morning are out.  Events with lots of unattended children running around are out.  Events where chance of stampede from either police action or violent opposition protesters are out.  (Last bad fall I took laid me up for two months and ruined the better of my legs, so that it is now by far more likely to give out).

It is not that I don’t care, but that I’m trying to keep what mobility I still have.

That “Slacktivist” label is so often ablest or classist.  It assumes one is able bodied and doesn’t have a mental illness that makes crowds difficult or impossible to handle  (I’ve known quite a few people over the years in both categories).  It assumes people can afford to take a day off of work and that one can afford transportation. 

"The negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years, according to a new study.Researchers found that teens."

"Mental health programs reach out to patients in early stages of psychosis."

your-royalshyness:

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THIS IS THE FUCKING BEST.

Reblog this shit! Make it known.

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Seriously, folks.  We need Universal Health Care with Mental health parity.  We need to stop stigmatizing problems with the brain and start looking on them as health issues.  If someone is hit by a car do we shame them for wearing a cast?  No.  So lets stop acting like there’s some moral component to having Depression and the like.

mindovermatterzine:

Smoking People with a mental disorder smoke almost half of all tobacco consumed and account for almost half of all smoking-related deaths
Heart disease Depression doubles the risk of developing coronary heart disease
Early intervention Half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20s
Inequality Children from the poorest households have a three-fold greater risk of mental ill health than children from the richest households
Mental health is a public health issue

We need universal health care with parity for mental illness.

mindovermatterzine:

Smoking People with a mental disorder smoke almost half of all tobacco consumed and account for almost half of all smoking-related deaths

Heart disease Depression doubles the risk of developing coronary heart disease

Early intervention Half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20s

Inequality Children from the poorest households have a three-fold greater risk of mental ill health than children from the richest households

Mental health is a public health issue

We need universal health care with parity for mental illness.

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