October 10th Is World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2019
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In the last two years, three people in my life have died by suicide. All of them are missed. The fight to save lives happens year round, and if you want to join us, World Mental Health Day is a great time to start: this year, the theme is suicide prevention.

Since honest conversations are a huge part of reducing the stigma of talking about mental health: I've experienced suicidal ideations myself. The most valuable tool I've developed for managing my mental health is simply to SLOW DOWN. When my mind races with anxiety or goes to a dark and irrational place, the first thing I try to do is recognize that these are temporary feelings, and feelings aren't facts. There are other approaches I incorporate into my daily life to slow things down, like practicing mindfulness: here are a few others that have really helped. And one thing I'm currently working on is stepping away from social media when I need a break, since it has a tendency to look like this:

In all seriousness. I believe that the more proactive we are about our mental health, just like we are with our physical health, the more lives we can save. Thanks for taking the time to read this on World Mental Health Day. Hope it's a good one for you. 

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If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression and thinking of suicide, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

Additional resources at ImListening.org.