We are privileged to share blog postings from our Ambassador Jessie Close, Adrienne Gurman, Henry Boy Jenkins, and other guest bloggers.  Please visit regularly as our content will be updated often.

Overcoming Anxiety and the Disease to Please

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If there’s one thing I regret so far this year, it’s not getting a flu shot. Against my doctor’s strong recommendation, I chose to forego getting the vaccine. I’d heard it only works 60 to 70% of the time, and my stubbornness combined with apprehension of having a live virus injected into my arm, simply as a precautionary method, with no guarantee, didn’t seem worth the risk.

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Whack Job

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At this point in history we are moving toward a more tolerant society where being who you are by nature is no longer a crime. Why then, I have to ask, does our country continue to maintain the errant belief that people living with a mental illness are an allowable target for public aggression?

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2014

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If any of you are sliding into depression this winter I do have one consoling fact. Our days are getting longer now by one to two minutes of extra daylight per day. I, for one, am happy about this. For those of you who live in areas that don’t usually get such cold I really feel sorry for you. Hang in there!

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Gimmie Shelter

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Unbeknownst to me, my life was hurdling towards a brick wall. I was miserable; not sleeping; not enjoying one single thing. My self confidence and self esteem were on a slippery slope. I felt that I did not deserve to be with my girlfriend. But perhaps the most troubling factor was that I did not know that I had depression. I did not understand that I was ill. I did not know what mental illness was then.

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Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!

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Resolution (noun): the quality of being determined or resolute. Resolute (adjective): admirably purposeful.
Purposeful (adjective): having or showing resolve.
Resolve (verb): the course of harmonic change.

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Spread the Word

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A few weeks ago I had the honor of representing Bring Change 2 Mind on the popular live-streaming news network, HuffPost Live. The topic of the segment was Stigma and Mental Illness. As one of three guests speaking on this important subject, I was able to give a first-person account of living with Major Depression and Anxiety within the context of the different levels of support and compassion one receives when combating a mental versus physical illness.

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Sugar Sparkle Stars

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Two weeks ago I was prey to an unexpected event of psychosis, but together we tethered. My phone found my hand found speed-dial found Coach, who in turn found me fragmented and terrified, convinced that I was dead. Coach held the line. I lost the day, the night before, and the day after into the weekend. Coach got me home.

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Riding in the Fast Lane

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As children, my generation was taught that we can “make the world a better place.” Although I am a firm believer of this statement, a single question arises in my mind – how are we, the younger population, supposed to make a difference when most of our education surrounding mental illness comes from the unreliable and deceptive media?

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Table for One

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My folded hands are pointing heavenward and my head is bowed in prayer. A scrumptious meal is spread out before me: cranberry sauce, a basket of rolls, a plateful of mashed potatoes and peas. In the center of the table is a golden, glazed turkey. I am five years old in this photograph. Everything about the dinner is fake. Everything but the prayer. I was praying for real food.

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Thanks and Giving

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I’m thankful to all of you who are bringing the issue of mental illness to the forefront of our consciousness. Awareness comes first, then we can begin to change, not only our attitudes but how the mentally ill are treated in our law enforcement and medical systems.

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