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Hey, Tumblr.

Today is May 1. The first day of Mental Health Month. This entire month we want to nudge all of you to celebrate triumphs, acknowledge struggles, and just come together. Let other people know they’re not alone. Feel less alone yourself. It’s what Post it Forward is all about.

One of the incredible ways you—all of you—have helped shape Tumblr is with your ability to be open and honest.  It was you that turned this platform into a community, one based on genuine expression, creativity, and acceptance.

Neat. How can I participate?

Glad you asked! Each week, for all four weeks, we’ll be giving you ideas for ways to Post it Forward.

  • Week 1—Post it for you: How you practice self-care and personal well-being.
  • Week 2—Post it for each other: Ways you can be there for each other.
  • Week 3—Post it for reflection: Sharing stories of personal growth and development.
  • Week 4—Post it for the future: Committing to continuous reflection and improvement.

This week is all about posting for you. Acts of self-care. Here are some places to start:

  • Post an emoji spell for self-care and positivity. 🌈 🔮 💕 🌱
  • Share a photo or GIF of something that calms you down. Don’t have one? Here’s one.
  • What’s the one thing that always cheers you up? Post a photo of it, take a GIF, or illustrate it. Toss a sticker on it, if you’d like.
  • Never forget that you are valid! Post a selfie with “valid” sticker (see below).
  • Make a list of things you like about yourself.
  • Make a checklist of 5 acts of self-care you promise to do for yourself this week.
  • Make an audio post with a song that helps you zone out and re-energize.

Don’t forget to tag all your posts with #postitforward this month! It makes it easier for everyone to find each other’s contributions.

What else?

We’ve asked our pal Tumblrbot (@tumblrbot) to help out with any extra encouragement you might need. Try sending them messages like “tell me about Mental Health Month” or “what’s this week’s prompt?” Tumblrbot will let you know what’s up, because Tumblrbot is a friend to all of us.

We got Answer Times, all of them taking place right here on Post it Forward unless indicated otherwise:

We even have some limited edition stickers ready for you in the Tumblr app right now:

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anonymous asked:

How do i support someone who i know self harms?

It’s hard knowing a friend is struggling and not knowing what to do to help. The Jed Foundation has another campaign with @mtv called @halfofuscampaign that offers some good advice for starting a conversation with a friend. You can find that here: http://www.halfofus.com/help-a-friend/ #answertime #loveislouder #postitforward 

Brittany Snow PSA

As some of you know, Brittany Snow and Courtney Knowles will be answering questions on the Love is Louder Tumblr page on May 9th for mental health awareness month.

Do NOT bug Brittany with questions about Bechloe or Sendrick. She is almost always visibly uncomfortable with that topic and the entire purpose of her and Courtney answering questions is to help raise awareness.

Don’t let what happened to Ester during her Instagram live happen to Brittany and Courtney during their answer time.

I know Instagram is where most of that happens, but let’s still be respectful.

That is all😊

Hey! You made it through the first week of Mental Health Month. Have you been following along with our weekly prompts? Last week was all about posting it for yourself. You’re the most important person in your life, you know? Gotta take care of yourself the best you can.

This week is about focusing on each other. Focus on being an encouraging and understanding friend, or part of a supportive community. Even just being there to listen or get leaned on can make a huge difference in someone’s life. There’s no wrong way to show kindness. Here are some other suggestions to bring this kind of supportive kindness to your Tumblr:

  • Create a post with positive message for someone going through a tough time. Make a text post, a video post, use stickers, make a GIF—whatever feels right to you.
  • Message someone a compliment. Maybe send them a sticker.
  • This is the positivity cat. Message it to 17 of your friends to give them positive vibes all month long. 🌞
  • Leave a nice reply on someone’s post.
  • If you’re up for it, make a post that your ask box is open to anyone who needs to chat.
  • You’re never alone on Tumblr. Turn your dashboard into a mental health community and follow these search tags: #postitforward, #self-care, and #positivity.
  • Reblog and tag your friends on this post or mention them in the replies to remind them to drink water.

If you follow through, and we hope you do, make sure to tag your posts with #postitforward so other people can find your stuff.

We hope you have a good week, Tumblr. Don’t forget, we’re always here for you too. <3 

Oh yeah! Keep your eyes tuned for these Answer Times we put together just for Mental Health Month:

Love is Louder co-founders Brittany Snow and Courtney Knowles will be answering your questions in an Answer Time tomorrow (Tuesday, May 9th) at 2 pm PDT / 5 PM EDT. Brittany and Courtney co-founded Love is Louder with The Jed Foundation in 2010, and are relaunching Love is Louder this month as a community of people working together to create a world where we all feel more connected and supported. During their answer time, Courtney and Brittany will be answering questions about Love is Louder and the different ways we can deal with emotional struggles or difficult situations as individuals and communities. You can ask questions or share your ideas/experiences at https://loveislouderofficial.tumblr.com/tagged/answertime

jasy12  asked:

How do you block out the hate when it comes from your own family all the time.

Sometimes we can’t control how people treat us. It’s important to remind ourselves that their opinions don’t define us. It’s important to focus on voices that do support us and things that make us feel good about ourselves. All we can do is try to make our friends and family understand and support us. If they don’t, we have to take care of ourselves and find ways to feel better and more connected. Most of all, know you aren’t alone. So many of us have dealt with family and friends who make us feel bad about ourselves. You can get through it and find a place where you feel more supported and understood. #answertime #loveislouder #postitforward #loudertogether 

acb86w  asked:

I would like to say that I wish I had known about Love Is Louder years ago! But even though I'm a little late to the game, I am so glad that it is around. I'm a singer on Beale Street in Memphis, TN, and when our band plays on Tuesdays, I ALWAYS sport my Love Is Louder shirt. People always ask about it and I get the opportunity to tell them about what you guys are doing for those who are struggling. I don't really have a question for you, I just want you to know that Love is Louder is AMAZING!

Thanks for spreading the Love is Louder message. We need to send you some shirts! I’ll have someone follow up with you. #loudertogether #answertime #loveislouder #postitforward

splitreflection  asked:

how would you advise to deal with growing up in a homophobic family when you are part of the LGBTQ+ community?

Courtney here. I actually grew up in a very conservative town in the South and it was really hard knowing that people I cared about wouldn’t accept me if I was my true self. I’ve been amazed though how many of those people have come around over time. I made decision just to live my life and not to hide aspects of it or make decisions based on fear of what other people thought. It’s also important to find a support network of people who do accept and celebrate you – that community can help you get through the tough times. If you live in a place where that community exists, social networks like Tumblr and campaigns like Love is Louder are a great way to feel more connected and less alone. #answertime #loveislouder #postitforward

morganandrews  asked:

What's your favorite music to listen to when you're stuck in a lower mood? And are they sad songs to stay sad OR happier songs to cheer you up?

Brittany: It depends. I like feeling both. One of my favorite things to do is making playlists and sharing them with friends. I make playlists for all their events or moods.

Courtney: This is true. She makes my playlists for everything. She made a playlist for this chat. 

#answertime #loveislouder #loudertogether

officialcirce  asked:

What advice would you give to someone who struggles with self-motivation?

I think it’s important to give ourselves a break and not to beat ourselves up because we aren’t being as motivated or productive as we think we should be. Then take things one step at a time. Instead of expecting yourself to do everything, make a list of a few things and take them one by one. Sometimes we brainstorm all the things we want to do for Love is Louder and the possibilities seem so big that it’s hard to know what to do next. In those moments, we have to say “OK, what’s the one thing we want to do first” and tackle that to get things moving. #answertime #loveislouder #loudertogether #postitforward

justkeepyourheadupkid  asked:

Love is Louder is something that literally helped save my life. No matter how loud the negativity is and whether it’s in my ear, my head or my heart, I am able to remember that love is and will always be, louder than it. The kindness you two emit is so powerful; the world needs more of it. Thank you for everything, truly. Megan xoxo Also.. Britt u slayin it as a redhead, proud to have u in the tribe! (still bitter there is still no ginger emoji).

Thanks for being part of the Love is Louder community Megan. @staff, can you do something about this ginger emoji situation? Thanks.