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    Alcohol and Mental Health Conditions

    Alcohol is a seemingly normal part of a young adult’s life. It’s available at parties, and after the age of 21, it’s present at every bar and restaurant. It’s “normal” to go to a party and have a few drinks or to meet friends at a bar on Friday night. But for young adults living with mental health conditions, what’s “normal” isn’t always what’s best. Alcohol can have a negative effect on anyone’s life. The majority of people......
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    Fall's Here!

    We love fall at StrengthofUs.org! Even though it's already starting to feel like winter in some parts of the country, we're really excited for fall here in Virginia! We get to wear our favorite sweaters, drink apple cider and watch the leaves change colors. What are your favorite things about fall? ...
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    Her Invisible People

    I arrive early to the home of my first client of the week.  I am greeted by her daughter, a senior citizen herself, who is visibly sleep-deprived and distraught.   She explains that her mother has been up all night and the dementia is worse than ever.  She describes this stage as a whole new dimension, one of visions and voices, erratic mood swings and lack of sleep.   “Mom has been talking to people who aren’t there.  She thinks there is a stairway ......
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    Hello!

    by Sara
    Hey guys, I'm Sara. I have ADHD, depression with psychotic features, an eating disorder, and my school counsellor thinks I have social anxiety as well. I'm an eclectic pagan, book enthusiast, and animal lover. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Of Monsters and Men, Green Day, and My Chemical Romance have kept me alive (literally) for the the 6 years I've had depression. ...
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    Thoi bao kinh te

    Every year on March 8, the world observes International Women's Day, a celebration of women's rights and achievements in various fields. It's a great day to recognize the important women in our lives, and to say "thank you" for their sacrifices and hard work that we sometimes tend to take for granted. Here are a few simple yet significant ways you can participate in the festivities. Text to link ...
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    Vent This: Depression

    Hey, guys!  I asked you what you would like to discuss most and it seems like depression is the winner. Any time this week, post a comment below about depression. You can write about personal experiences, stories, statistics, what's concerning to you, or what we can do to lessen the burden of depression!  Remember, this is an open and safe place where your opinions are valued and will not be criticized. So, speak up and tell us what you think! ...
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    Make your Valentines Day a Great One

    Valentines Day is a day typically characterized by stuffed bears, boxes of chocolate, the color red, and, of course, a significant other. The pressure is on. What are you going to get her? Will he like this? Are you dating anyone? The questions never cease to end and the stress builds until we can no longer stand it. As a result, we often feel beat down and bitter. How can a holiday about love make us experience so much dread? We then find ourselves coming down with a bad case of the holiday ......
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  • The Lessons I learned from The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

    As we grapple with our problems and illnesses on a day-to-day basis, we often question whether or not we are alone in the world. Do other people have the same problems as me? Who can I tell my story to?  Will anybody listen? Does anyone really understand? As I have found through experience, books can be the best of friends and the most patient of listeners. They enable us to enter new worlds, and most importantly, teach us valuable lessons that we wouldn’t have learned on ......
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    Dealing with a Campus or School Crisis

    For many of us, our high schools, college campuses, or local learning centers serve as daily sanctuaries and homes away from home. But what happens when an unexpected tragedy takes place? During the past week, a number of college crises have occurred. For those who do not know, there have been such events at Purdue University, University of Pennsylvania, and even at my school, George Washington University. These events are distressing and horrible to watch unfold, and leave us wondering what ......
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    How do YOU want to Improve Strength Of Us?

    Hey Guys! My name is Meg, and I am at student at George Washington University in Washington DC and am working as an intern for NAMI. My hometown is in Massachusetts and I am majoring in English and Psychology. My job is to help make parts of this wesbsite as best as they can possibly be. Right now, I am currently working on the Resources section by updating and creating new tip sheets. If you guys have any suggestions or new ideas, please let me know, I would love to hear some input! If you want......
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