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"StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults."

StrengthofUs is an online community developed by NAMI and young adults. It's designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve their goals through peer support and resource sharing. You must create a free account and log in to the site to see all the content available to logged-in users only, including stuff posted by other young adult users. Read more...

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Learning to trust my gut.

by Boo | Jan 4th

For as long as I can remember I've always had doubt in myself. Wether it be if I am capable or something or if I'm simply good enough. So when I started showing signs of mental illness (in my case depression) I was the first to question the validity of what I was feeling; I would wonder wether what I was feeling was actually a completely normal experience and I was overreacting or just looking for something thats wrong with me. Even when I was officially diagnosed with M.E. I can't help ...

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Opportunity for members to participate in survey about college students in recovery

by LauraM | Dec 4th

Dear Strength of Us community, As a scholar, mental health advocate, and someone who’s been living with major depression since age 14, I was thrilled to recently discover your website. (FYI - I also tweet about youth mental health and recovery over at @CollegeInMind.) I'm getting in touch because I need some help. I'm completing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and my dissertation study is about the life, learning, and recovery experiences of ...

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SUICIDE is real...

by Cheryl | Aug 17th

Just want to see if I am alone? I'm bipolar and have been treating this for over 14 yrs....im a mother of 2 beautiful daughters and a son whom passed in '99 due to violence. Enough of that, I'm a easy going woman. I've always thought about jumping from a moving vehicle and unfortunately I recently acted on it, 4 times so far and did it first time couple months ago. Embarrassing yes but for some reason I don't know why I'm back with all these suicidal thoughts and feelings? I hate it, I don't ...

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God and Depression

by Nicole | Jul 25th

I think my biggest issue right now is reconciling my faith in God with my deep and long fight with depression. Often, Christianity seems to create this false dichotomy: you're either a good Christian with no struggles or a non-Christian with many. My church recognizes that bad things happen in the lives of everyone, but they seem to think that a prayer and a scripture reading should eliminate the need to "struggle" with the bad in life. However, in my opinion, if it truly is a struggle--meaning,...

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Relationships

by SofU Admin

Having loving, supportive relationships is important in life. They increase our enjoyment of life and help us feel connected. Relationships can also help reduce stress and improve our physical and mental health. Having good, positive relationships is especially helpful when we have a bad day, week, month or even year. They can prove to be a life line in difficult times. Needless to say, relationships are a great source of comfort, support and reasons to feel good about ourselves, regardless of what is going on. Use this discussion group and its resources to learn more about making and keeping friends, dating and establishing healthy, intimate relationships.  

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#ThinkPositive

by SofU Admin

This is the place to be to send and receive positive vibes! #ThinkPositive is a social media campaign created by us to inspire young adults experiencing mental health issues to stay strong and think positive. We hope the #ThinkPositive project reminds you that you are loved, there is hope and you are not alone in your struggles. We are in this together! Check out the Get Involved with the #ThinkPositive Project tip sheet to learn about the many ways you can get involved with this movement beyond StrengthofUs.org! We will be posting #ThinkPositive content here regularily so check back often, especially when you are in need of a smile. :) Feel free to also post your own positive content here. P.S. If you aren't logged in to this site, you cannot see the posts made by users in this group so please register and sign in to join the conversation!

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Bipolar Disorder

by Jon

Support group for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  An easy place to chat and discuss the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, engage with other members to combat the feeling of isolation, and a place to laugh about the situations we've put ourselves in.  Friends and family members of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder (or manic-depressive/bipolar affective disorder) are also welcome.

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