mental-health-matters

anonymous asked:

I've been working despite needing to get an assignment done and i had no time and now i wont get credit. I've been pushing myself mentally and physically and i slept in late today and then just called out sick. I dont care if im fired my mental health matters my grades matter.

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#Every28Hours (2/23/15): Meet Janisha. Janisha was involved in a domestic dispute with her girlfriend, which resulted in her girlfriend calling the police to take her in for a mental health evaluation. Janisha’s girlfriend warned the officer’s upon entry into their apartment that she had a knife, but the she didn’t believe that she would hurt them, stressing again that Janisha was unstable and needed evaluation. When Janisha did not drop the knife, an officer proceeded to shoot her twice. According to Janisha’s neighbors she was a quiet and small young woman, barely standing above five feet. According to her girlfriend, Janisha was more than 6 feet away from the cops who shot her. Janisha’s story is not an easy one, but she deserved a chance at life, not a bullet when she needed help. Uplift her name. Janisha Fonville, we fight for you now too. #staywoke #farfromover

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Lost In the Margins (1/26/16): There’s something foul happening in Florida right now (what’s new). Multiple prisons and “treatment facilities” are currently under federal investigation for abuse and negligence. One of key stories driving calls for further scrutiny is that of Darren Rainey. “A 50-year-old mentally ill inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution, Rainey was pulled into the locked shower by prison guards as punishment after defecating in his cell and refusing to clean it up, said the fellow inmate, who worked as an orderly. He was left there unattended for more than an hour as the narrow chamber filled with steam and water. When guards finally checked on prisoner 060954, he was on his back and dead. His skin was so burned that it had shriveled from his body, a condition referred to as slippage, according to a medical document involving the death.” Adding insult to basic intelligence, the medical examiner in the case (who took nearly three years to finalize his findings) is now ruling the death accidental. They also claimed that there were no visible burns, despite multiple reports (including the one that the correctional officers in charge filed) to the contrary. This is shaping up to be a cover-up of massive proportions, and sadly, it is all too common of the experience those suffering from mental illness face in the criminal “justice” system. Darren Rainey’s story has gotten very little press outside of Florida. Please help uplift his life and story. He deserved so much better than this. Rest in Power. #staywoke #farfromover

GET ON THE FUCKING GROUND OR YOU’RE DEAD!
—  Words yelled by a Miami Gardens police officer just seconds before he shot 25-year old Lavall Hall as he tried to run away. Hall, a father of one, had just been released from a mental health hospital a week prior. His mother had called the police to take him back, as he was in the midst of an episode. Miami Gardens PD chased Hall around for more than 10 minutes, then after tiring, shot him 5 times instead. They originally claimed it was because he was threatening them… with a broomstick. Video of the incident was released yesterday. Rest in power, Lavall.

The sadness will pass

The apathy will pass

The obsessions will pass

The anger will pass

The exhaustion will pass

The delusions will pass

The anxiety will pass

The nightmares will pass

The manias will pass

The guilt will pass

The hopelessness will pass

The uneasiness will pass

The sleepless nights will pass

The hallucinations will pass

The agitation will pass

The dependency will pass

The irritability will pass 

The compulsions will pass

The self-harm urges will pass

The addictive urges will pass

The discomfort will pass

The restlessness will pass

The panics will pass

The dysphoria will pass

The paranoia will pass

The aggression will pass

The eating disorder urges will pass

The grief will pass

The fear will pass

The self-hate will pass

The mood swings will pass

The darkness will pass

The disconnect from reality will pass

The pain will pass.


This doesn’t even begin to cover what folks with mental illnesses experience. This is real, this is heavy, and even though some of these symptoms feel like the never really go away, the intensity will pass. You might need various therapies, medications, and supports, and that is so so valid and so so important. This will not control you forever. You matter. Keep fighting.

Realistic Self-Talk
  • This too shall pass & my life will be better.
  • I am a worthy and good person. 
  • I am doing the best I can, given my history and level of current awareness.
  • Like everyone else, I am a fallible person and at times will make mistakes and am committed to learning from them.
  • What is, is.
  • Look at how much I have accomplished, and I am still progressing.
  • There are no failures, only different degrees of success.
  • Be honest and true to myself.
  • It is OK to let myself be distressed for awhile.
  • I am not helpless. I can and will take the steps needed to get through during crisis. 
  • I will remain engaged and involved instead of isolating and withdrawing during this situation.
  • This is an opportunity, instead of a threat. I will use this experience to learn something new, to change my direction, and/or to try a new approach. 
  • Other people are responsible for their reactions to me. 
  • I can stand anything for a while because I am resilient. 
  • In the long run, who will remember or care? 
  • I see all things through the eyes of compassion.

13.04.16 • this post is a bit different to my normal ones but i think it’s important to talk about on here. i have poor mental health and have recently started cognitive behavioural therapy to discuss my issues, which include depression, anxiety and clinical perfectionism. through my therapy sessions, i’ve discussed the ways that this is directly linked to my academic success and my self-esteem does suffer greatly when i feel i don’t live up to my own high standards. i’m posting this pic as i fill in the worksheet i’m taking along to my therapy session this afternoon because i think it’s such an important topic. in the studyblr community, i think perfectionism can be a really big issue and i’m certainly as wrapped up in that as anyone else, but i want to encourage anyone who feels this way to seek help!! the combination of my antidepressants and therapy are starting to make a difference and hopefully once my course of treatment is done i’ll have some different perceptions about my own worth in relation to my academic achievements. your health should ALWAYS come first.

change.org
Nicky Morgan MP: Introduce mental health education into the school curriculum

1 in 4 will suffer from a mental health problem within a year. In an average classroom, that’s at least 5 students. Yet no education is provided to students informing them of different symptoms or where to go if they are struggling. This lack of education has created a stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and so people are afraid to come forward if they think they could be suffering, for fear of being mocked or not taken seriously. As a result, the condition can become much worse before the sufferer reaches out for help, meaning it becomes harder and takes longer to recover. Equipping people with this information from a younger age (14/15; year ten+) will allow them to be more aware of what is happening around them and will be able to help others, therefore creating an healthier society as a whole. It’s not only students who should be educated. We feel that teachers should also be informed of symptoms and how to deal with them/who to talk to, so that they will be able to provide help and support to anyone suffering. Mental health shouldn’t be a taboo subject in this day and age; it is down to us to change that.

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