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A small but significant story from me for @kqed’s #californiareport . Sophia Ng, left, takes a brief break from announcing raffle ticket winners at a Bay Area Chinese Association banquet. When Sophia was crowned Miss Asian America last August, she told me she had competed in the Miss Asian Global (@missasianglobal) pageant because, as a therapist, her impact is deep but often struggles with reach. While Sophia initially had other opinions about the beauty pageant world — among them, that it’s patriarchal and forces women to adhere to unrealistic beauty standards — she decided to put those views aside for the sake of a platform that could help her spread her message. Sophia is motivated to remove the stigma around mental health, especially for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The Miss Asian Global pageant was the first pageant she ever competed in, and Sophia say it challenged what she originally thought of pageants, the people who participate in them, and their broader networks. At events like this banquet, she says she is able to emphasize the work she does as a therapist. Although Sophia thought that would be her first and only pageant, earlier this year, she decided to compete in her second pageant (@missglobalofficial) — and won the top title. Now, Sophia is continuing to raise awareness on mental health in her new role as **Miss Global.** Link to the full story in bio. #mentalhealthawarenessmonth#mentalhealthawareness#kqed#missasianglobal#missasianamerica#missglobal Thanks to @sophia.k.ng 👑
Hallo, ich heiße Nadine und ich habe eine psychische Erkrankung. Was viele Menschen allerdings nicht begreifen ist, dass ich im Grunde genommen eigentlich ein ganz normaler Mensch bin wie alle anderen auch. Ich gehe keiner beruflichen Tätigkeit nach weil ich der Belastung nicht standhalten kann. Ich bin weder verheiratet, verlobt noch in einer Beziehung und ich strebe auch nicht an eine Familie zu gründen. Ich gehe am Wochenende nicht auf Parties und es fällt mir schwerer als vielen Menschen in Gesellschaft zu sein. Ich kann nicht immer einfach abschalten und ausgelassen Spaß haben denn es gibt viele Tage in meinem Leben an denen ich den ganzen Tag lang weinen könnte oder ich einfach zu ausgebrannt bin um irgendwas zu fühlen. Doch all das macht mich nicht zu einem schlechteren Menschen.
Ständig werde ich gefragt warum ich nicht arbeite oder ob ich mittlerweile bereit bin zu arbeiten. Ob ich mich erkläre oder nicht, es kommt selten Verständnis auf. Nein, ich bin nicht über Nacht gesund geworden. Meine Dämonen sind nicht einfach von Dannen gezogen. Und nein, ich gehe wirklich aus dem Grund nicht arbeiten weil es zuviel für meine Psyche ist.
Ich bin psychisch krank aber nicht faul. Ich liege nicht den ganzen Tag lang im Bett rum. Ich stehe morgens früh auf wie jeder andere auch und ich bin den Tag über aktiv denn auch ich habe Hobbies, Leidenschaften und Tatendrang. Nur halt nicht so wie es die Norm wohl vorschreibt... Zusätzlich kämpfe ich jeden einzelnen Tag mit mir selbst und gehe mehrmals die Woche in Therapie. Aufgeben oder weitermachen? Diese Entscheidung muss ich jeden Tag treffen und es ist verdammt noch mal kein Zuckerschlecken. Es raubt mir so viel Kraft, dass ich oft genug denke ich breche unter all dem zusammen. Unter meiner Symptomatik, meiner Vergangenheit und meiner Angst vor der Zukunft. Unter dem Druck mich selbst zu verletzen oder einfach ins Bett zu gehen und die Tage an mir vorbeiziehen zu lassen. Und trotzdem entscheide ich mich jeden Tag erneut für mein Leben. Weil ich mich nicht aufgeben möchte und ich eines Tages meinen Weg finden möchte. (Weiter in den Kommentaren ↓↓↓)
Let's wake up to what is not said, because therein lies the real truth. No one is "fine" every day. No one. Next time you say or hear "I'm fine" -or better still, "I'm blessed" -pause & ask again, "How are you really?" #MentalHealthAwareness
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This is 100% something I need to work and I’m sure something many of us need to work on. It’s so incredibly easy to put yourself down, to say nasty things to yourself but when you think about it, would you do or say them things to someone else? No! So why do we say them to ourselves? Write down 3 things every day that you like about yourself! Remind yourself that the most important person is you and the way you feel about yourself! Each of us has our own unique qualities that make us special, embrace them and start working on loving you! #positivity#selflove#selfcare#mentalhealthawareness 💖
#mentalhealthawareness 2,5 years ago I gave birth to my son, who is my absolute world. 1,5 years ago my mental health started crashing and I really struggled. 10 months ago I had my first conversation about it with my doctor. 7 months ago I was diagnosed with PTSD. 2 months ago I started receiving treatment for PTSD - BIRTH TRAUMA. And today I'm still fighting. Mental illness can attack anyone. Even people who seem like they have it all together. Mental illness is sneaky and it wants you to feel alone. It wants you to not speak to anyone about it. That's when it thrives. But today, I choose to out it. Because every time you speak, every step you take to fight it, it becomes smaller. And I'm determined to get rid of it! #mentalhealth#ptsd#birthtrauma#birth
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I haven’t been practising Wicca long, maybe about 2 and a half months. I’ve had this as my altar for a while, before I knew how to traditional set one up.
Long story short, someone I loved very much ended up in hospital due to reasons I don’t want to discuss. The news was devastating, and though she is out of hospital now, this is one of the only ways I can think of to help.
When it comes to mental health, or the mind in general, it is a very complex and difficult thing to understand. I knew that seeing her would cause more harm than good. My presence itself isn’t reassuring any more. I can’t help, I can’t change someone’s feelings, and I can’t cure a condition that is beyond understanding. Wot this was my only way, not only to vent, but to try and create some positive energy.
I don’t know if this even helped, or did anything. But for me, it was a way to acknowledge how I still feel for this person, and how I still support and hope that one day she will be ok.
Sorry for the long caption on my first post. But I felt that this was done during the beginning of my Wiccan journey, and so needed to be documented.
If who I am writing about is somehow reading this, I’ll always love you. I’ll always support you. I just hope one day you see you the way I do: beautiful, brave and selfless 🦄 #wicca#wiccan#witch#altar#newbie#newbiewitch#tarot#tarotcards#love#loss#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#raiseawareness#unicorn#pegasus#pleasebeok#missyou#bestrong#yougotthis#bean
Hey folks 😊
Hope we all had a restful weekend.
So picking up from where we left off last week, what kind of Depressive disorders are there?
Mental health disorders are usually diagnosed by a psychiatrist or psychologist using a set of criteria as per the DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual) or ICD (international classification of diseases). _________________________
A brief overview of the 4 biggest categories that your depression may fall into
1. MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER. The 9 symptoms we discussed previously, eg depressed mood, anhedonia, feelings of worthlessness/hopelessness etc, occur for a period of at least two weeks and cause significant impairment to your functioning. This may occur as one single episode or recurrent episodes. This is the more common type of depression.
2. DYSTHYMIA. Persons with dysthymia often complain that they have always been depressed. They still suffer with feelings of guilt, inadequacy poor appetite etc that those diagnosed with MDD may have, but it is a low grade, chronic type of depression. For a diagnosis, people should have had at least 2 years continuously of feeling depressed.
3. DEPRESSION ASSOCIATED WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS OR SUBSTANCES. When you first present with depression, you'll usually get a thorough screening. Questions designed to pick up if medical issues could be at play: these include things like thyroid issues, vitamin deficiencies, auto immune diseases like lupus. Substances use could be causative or used to mask symptoms, eg alcohol to prescribed meds like steroids or isotretinoin(acne).
4. Depressive symptoms may be ASSOCIATED WITH a variety of OTHER MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS. These could be a depressive episode in someone who has bipolar; anxiety disorders like panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder; psychotic disorders like Schizophrenia; and eating disorders like anorexia nervosa.
Did you know depression could feature in so many different ways?
Building a better Me, You, US! #mentalhealth #depression #selflove #share #endthestigma #doctor
Great to present for safeguarding leads at BAE Systems today.....the nerves crept in at times but we got through it and had an excellent response at the end.
We are passionate about getting our message out there and feel we did that.
Looking forward to a long lasting relationship with BAE.
I am so much more
than I think I am
and that in itself
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#HolisticHealth Get Your Glow On!! Exercise is Great for Our #Skin ! #DidYouKnow Skin is Considered the Body’s Largest Organ? It Helps Eliminate Waste Products 🗑, It’s the First Line of Defense for Outside Invaders 🛡, and it Helps Regulate Our Temperature 🥵/🥶. Skin Care is especially Important for Those of Us with #ChronicIllness . My #CKD means my Kidneys aren’t functioning at 100%, they can use all the Help they can Get. If You Have #Diabetes , Or Like Me, an #AutoImmuneDisease Our Skin can be Extra sensitive to sun and other products. Less is More when looking for skin products, read the label, watch for reactions. That’s Why I’ve made my own hair and skin concoctions for over 20 years. #Diabetics should be checking their feet #EveryNight for cracks, rubbed spots, redness or open areas, make Your Health Care Provider aware Immediately if you see anything. Diabetics should also be seeing a #Podiatrist for foot and nail care. Love The Skin You’re In -Take Care Of It! (Y’all do Know I’m a Retired Nurse, Right?... The stroke left me unable to return to My School Nursing Job. I Love Having This Page because it allows me to share my over 30 years of Nursing Skills and Knowledge. But as Always, I’m Not Here To Give Medical Advice. My Goal is to Continue Educating by Sharing what I Know. Please, always Consult Your Personal Health Care Provider Before attempting any Exercise or Diet Regime changes Beloveds. What works for me, may Not be what Works for You.) I Love Y’all And Your Safety is My Priority! 🥰 #SororityOfHearts ™️ #ISpeak#Advocate#ChildSexualAbuseSurvivor#AutoImmuneWarrior#420#ChronicPain#KidneyDisease#HolisticHealth#NubianHippie#NaturalHair#LongLocs#RetiredNurse#MentalHealthAwareness#Anxiety#StrokeSurvivor#SpoonieHacks#ShakeologyEryDay
This was a glorious race, feeling like the right direction, I was super sick for the United half with a stomach thing and getting the chance to do this race meant a lot for my mental state. I’ve been going to November Project since last year and its been a huge positive in having a supportive running community around me, I really felt it this weekend, I pushed myself and saw everybody on the route and felt great the whole race. I wouldn’t have been able to do this race without November Project.
I also made a gear switch the week of which I don’t usually recommend to anybody, but for me it turned out to be a solid choice. I’ve been in physical therapy for Achilles tendinitis and just made the right call this week and got through the race with no excruciating pains, was tolerable and enjoyable. Brooks adrenaline 19, hell yeah.
As #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth comes to an end, I’d be remiss not to use my platform for the correct influence .
As a mental health professional and clinical social worker, I want to encourage whoever is reading this post to prioritize your Mental Health.
For the purpose of this post, I am asking you to consider your OWN Mental Health, your OWN well being, you OWN peace of mind. ✨✨For me recently, peace of mind, was advocating for myself and taking a well needed and overdue Mental Health Day off of work. And it was the most self-fulfilling thing I’ve done in my professional career!✨✨ As a social worker, I have committed myself to serving and being supportive of everyone I encounter myself with, and not only with my presence,but my mind to.
When I walk into a room, I need to be emotionally available at all times, no matter what I am going through . I need to critically think about my responses before answering. I need to creatively think of solutions, because they are some times so distraught , they can’t see their way out of the life they are in.
I have to provide hope to the hopeless.
I have to put my needs to the side, while I cater to one’s who need my support because it may be the only support they get today...
Because of these reasons, I advocate for Mental Health days!
Remember the first step to self-care , is being self-aware. And also remember, you can’t help people when you neglect yourself. #thekeytobeme#motivationmonday#motivationalquotes#motivated#encouragement#socialworker#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthawarenessmonth#therapy#counselorlife#clinicalsocialwork#locs#locd#locstyles#loclivin#dreads#dreadhead#locstylesforwomen#thicklocs#naturalista#naturalhairstyles#naturalmakeup#naturalhair
Summer’s almost here and ya know what that means — swimsuit szn! So many people talk about everything you have to do to get the “perfect” bikini body but there are really only 3 steps: 1) Have a bikini (or other swimsuit), 2) Put it on your body, and 3) Rock that suit! I’d be lying if I said I was totally confident in my body every day but I’m working on it ✌🏼& I’m thankful for companies like @aerie that promote body positivity & help me feel better in my own skin 👙 #aeriereal
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Talking with another soul, having our experiences witnessed and honoured is the most natural thing in the world. We all need this connection and sometimes that’s best meet with a counsellor or psychotherapist.
There are lots of registered psychotherapists and counsellors of all kinds of modalities in Ireland.
Check out the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) at www.psychotherapycouncil.ie for more information. Take your time and find the right style of therapy and therapist for you.
It’s not easy going up against the final ever episode of Game Of Thrones (which is amazing by the way), but as soon as you’ve done Thrones please have a listen to this week’s episode of Life In The Stocks with my mate @gingerwildheart. I’m incredibly proud of this one. If you or anyone that you know and love suffers from mental health issues, this conversation is essential listening and I promise you it will impact your life in a positive way. Thanks so much to Ginger for being so open and honest with me. Depression a difficult topic but it’s one that needs to be addressed and I’m grateful to Ginger for going to some tricky places with me here. The episode is available NOW on Acast, Spotify & iTunes (link in bio). 🎙
All pins are BACK in stock on my Etsy store !! ✨☁️ #linkinbio
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After yesterday’s post and a few DM conversations I’ve been having I wanted to tackle this head on. There’s a lot to say here, so I’m going to try condense it down best I can. I’m trying to keep this to 10 points so if there are any resources you know to be helpful please shout on the comments. And before we start, this is all about accessing talking therapy in the UK so if running/knitting/craftbeer/pole-dancing is your therapy, honestly that is really amazing and I do want to hear all about it (but another day on another post). Oh and pls remember I’m not an expert, this is just what I’ve picked up on my MH journey. So how to access therapy when you are broke AF:
1.) NHS (speak to your GP, or you can self refer in some areas or look up your local IAPT team). 2.) Charities (some offer free counselling and/or telephone listening services). Go have a google!
3.) If you are student most universities and colleges have free counselling services.
4.) Through medical insurance (your own or sometimes you can also access therapy through your partners depending on the policy)
5.) Through a workplace Employee Assistance Programme. Often you won’t even need to say a word to your manager/HR
6.) Online services/apps (please ensure the therapists are registered with a professional body)
7.) Ask if a private therapist offers a sliding fee scale or takes on any probono cases.
8.) Try group therapy as this is often at a lower cost.
9.) Space out your private sessions to give yourself time save up, or consider batching in 6 week chunks if you prefer the weekly check-in.
Ok, so prepare yourselves for a brutally honest caption that’s probably not excessively cheerful. Or cheerful at all... sorry about that.
Lately I’ve been feeling incredibly low and I really don’t know why. I’ve mentioned before that I suffer from anxiety and depression but in case you haven’t read one of those - I currently take medication and was diagnosed with both anxiety and depression when I was 15.
For the past few days (week? I’m not sure anymore) I’ve been feeling so lonely and so down. As in, ‘almost crying in a restaurant’ alone and ‘breaking down on a friend’ low. I have great friends and supportive parents. I’m not sure why I feel so severely lonely. Yesterday was especially hard. I had to spend a lot of the day on my own because people were busy - usually I would go out and get coffee or go take photos but I just couldn’t motivate myself to do so. Instead, I watched Netflix and had a two hour nap. Happy birthday, me. I then had dinner by myself (the almost crying in a restaurant when I was texting a friend saying how lonely I felt) and then my night improved hugely when I went out for cocktails with friends.
Today, the loneliness and the feelings of sadness returned. In the evening I travelled from Paris to Caen and I currently have zero motivation to leave my hotel room... but I need dinner and I also don’t really want to be alone. So, hello conundrum.
All in all I’m just feeling lost. Constantly exhausted and not motivated to do anything. Crying on my birthday. Feeling like I’m completely alone. It’s been a bad few days and I’m not sure how to get myself out of this rut.
So there’s my brutally honest and vulnerable caption for today. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some happier fun facts and experiences to share with you 🤷🏻♀️ and I guess I also want to say that no one should have to hide when they’re feeling down - we SHOULD be able to discuss it openly and not feel ashamed of anything.
I would thoroughly appreciate all suggestions on getting through this depression rut 😔 I want to feel like myself again and want to WANT to go out exploring.
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Btw Auntie never smiles for tha cameras🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢I am overwhelmed with how great we are becoming. @himxhis started from desperation - and has given me family . 🔋
A Thank you to you all that listen, speak , engage, and are just present - Nothing can happen without us all moving together ~ we must take time sometimes, enjoy + recharge + just clap for ourselves. Thank you for your understanding and for allowing me + so many others to feel comfortable in our struggles. 🔋
This #mentalhealthawareness week we showed what the @himxhis HERE sessions is : a space to just be, explore ourselves, to question our minds - without forced discussion or pretense. Mental health should not be defined, lonely or limited to white walls and hushed tones - it is joyful, and there is a community.
A huge thank you to @t.ffuego for making me cry 🤢🤢, Rashid Nix from @mindcharity for schooling us on the root of black Male mental health. & @robertbinda@sophographylondon@amy_friend@yenprofile@directedbykumiko@cptope@olegretouch , @leafedermann@radamcnally for the wonderful photography + artwork. 🔋& ofc @crackstevens, @sweynj + @hasaani_ for always letting us catch it🔋
Always an eternal thank you to my maman for how brave she’s been in baring herself to help me start this discussion. @himxhis is not my story or my brothers story - it is the lived reality of us all + it is a community for us all.
Pls donate to the crowdfunder to keep @himxhis going + reprint the second edition - it’s not a money ting - @himxhis functions from the grace of so many + small small pockets. I want all access - to keep the monthly sessions, the events un-ticketed - but @himxhis needs small small help 💚💚help in whatever way + however you can - changes come from the ground first. We don’t need frills, just need us all here. #linkinbio to donate 🔋
Ramble ova ~ @shakka.d.badmon Recap of the night comin soooon 😈😈😈😈😈😈 THANK You ! 💚🔋💚💕🤑🤑🔋🤢🤢🤢🔋💚💚🔋🤢🤢🤑😈 #moreprosperitee for us all 💚
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✖️I think there is something that needs to be addressed.. in light of all the DRAMA happening of late on multiple social media platforms, I want to speak up. Yes celebrities, influencers and anyone with a social media account put themselves out there publicity..
But it’s never ok to bully, harass, hate on and abuse someone. If they are celebrities, influencers or someone you go to school with. ITS NOT OK! Getting involved in others drama is such a negative and unnecessary action..
Honestly why? For what purpose, does it make you feel better? Does it give you some sort of weird power trip? Honestly the hate needs to stop! There have been too many instances where people have taken their OWN DAMN LIVES because of the bullying and abuse on social media!.
Instead how about we spread LOVE and POSITIVITY and actually leave others better than when we found them! Anyone with a social following has the responsibility to themselves and their followers to be authentic and real but as a follower you have the same responsibility. If you don’t like what someone stands for UNFOLLOW THEM, if they do something publicly that disappoints you UNFOLLOW THEM! Sending hateful tweets, msgs and death threats is not ok!.
Don’t be a keyboard warrior and say nasty shit because you can! How about we be the change we want to see in the world! Let’s support one another, be kind, and use our social reach for good!
You never know what is going on in someone else’s life and some nice words may just be what helps get them through the darkest time in their lives. It costs nothing to be a kind human!.
Positivity and light sis! Be done with the TEA the DRAMA and the negativity on the Internet!.
Tag a friend if you support this! ❤️✖️
📸 - @kbtimages .
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I love how you can pop into any big supermarket these days and grab a vegan sandwich 🏋🏼♀️ Perfect snack on the go. I wasn’t expecting much from this one as it’s mainly vegetables but it actually had a really nice flavour!
Forgot how exhausting sorting through shit and packing is so I am POOPED. Had a stretch at the gym and am now meeting friends for tea then watching GOT and having a games night with other friends.
Have a good evening my flumps
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Hope you’re all having a fabulous Sunday ❤️ As I have spent all day in bed with my hamster cheeks, I decided to take this opportunity to post a little throw back in honour of my incredible mum. As you guys know, I have suffered from depression for a very long time and the one person who has always always been there for me is my mum. On days when I couldn’t even face opening my curtains, she would be there singing Disney songs at the top of her voice, just to make me smile! On days when I just wanted to be alone, she would write me little notes, just to remind me that she loves me! Everyday she would try so hard to come up with something to brighten my day, or give me something to look forward to, whether that be cooking my favourite dinner or even just helping me tidy my bedroom! Living with someone who suffers from depression can be one of the hardest things in the world and I have been so lucky with how my mum has learnt to help me with mine! ❤️
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