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19 Ways to Pay it Forward for the remainder of 2019

If you've read my story, you know that on my 28th birthday my family, friends, and I went out and did 28 random acts of kindness. In fact, this entire site is here because of that experience and the great feeling that it gave me to give back to others while I was struggling. It's easy when we are struggling through rough times or with our mental health to turn inward. However, that's the exact opposite of what we need to do. And trust me … I’ve done my fair share of retreating and closing off. In fact, I was having dinner with one of my closest friends the other day, and she said it makes things worse when I do that...

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Ways to Beat the Depression Blues

Depression sucks! There, I said it. But, what sucks, even more, is that there are so many people struggling that don't know what to do about it. Many haven't been diagnosed as "depressed". And, instead of using the word "depressed" they choose to describe the way they are feeling as being "down", "sad", "unmotivated", or "having the blues". If you feel down, sad, not good enough, or just struggle to care about the things that you know you probably should care about, it's time to take action. Here are some things that can help you beat the depression blues. Focus on your self-care One of the first things that depression can steal is your ability to take care of yourself....

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How Animals Can Help with Anxiety

Animals are simply amazing! There are endless stories about animals that have made a huge impact on the world. A dog going to outer space, a carrier pigeon that helped fight World War I, along with all the animals like camels, oxen, and horses that have helped people throughout centuries. Now, I don’t have experience with pigeons (although I really don’t like birds, those bastards are very erratic) or camels, but I do have some experience with horses, and a lot of experience with dogs which we will get to (as I type this, my dog is jumping all over my keyboard, sorry if there are any mistakes – I am blaming my dog on this one! My sister has a horse...

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Don't You Dare Be Ashamed of Going to Therapy

Hey Guys, I wanted to give you a quick reminder—DON'T YOU DARE BE ASHAMED OF GOING TO THERAPY! There. I yelled it as loud as I could via a blog post. This mental health stigma can be a real b*tch. It can make us feel embarrassed if we need to get help from a professional. It can make us feel like we should hide the fact that we need help. And, it can make us feel downright ashamed. But, it shouldn't. I love going to therapy. It’s the best hour of my week. Therapy is NOT a bad thing Imagine that tomorrow morning when you wake up, you have a sore throat, stuffy nose, and sinus headache. And it doesn't go away for...

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Chelsea Cameron

Like many people in my generation, I was not given any formal education about mental health and addictions issues. The extent of my education on these areas was probably my D.A.R.E. class in seventh grade, which basically instilled the message that ‘drugs are bad do not do them’ and scared the sh*t out of me rather than educated me to make my own informed decisions. Because of the lack of information provided, I never really understood what addiction was, and the way addiction was portrayed in the media left me feeling largely scared of drugs and the people who abuse them. My perspective changed vastly when I started volunteering with an organization called Ham or Jam Distributors, which was a...

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