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    I invite you all to my journey

    Hi there! My name is Jessica and I have decided that I am ready to share my story. I'm ready for a new life. I want to be happy. And I want to help others just like me. I also know there are others out there like me and I want to meet you, share with me your story and all the things that help you in your daily life. I have started a blog on tumblr to document my journey and I invite you to come read my first post and pass it along. I'm ready to make a difference in my life and hopefully in ......
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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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    Tips for Stopping Negative Thoughts

    Negative thoughts are a part of many mental health conditions and can cause stress when they occur. Next time you find yourself with persistent negative thoughts, try these tips to stop them: When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, firmly say, or think, “STOP!” Imagine an “X” stamping out the thoughts. Identifying negative thoughts when they occur is the first step to stopping them from repeating. Write down negative thoughts as soon as they happen. This ......
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    Tips for keeping your New's Years resolution

    Here are some ways to help you follow through on your New Year’s resolutions and other goals that you set throughout the year. Be Realistic. Your goal might be to exercise more often, but going from not exercising at all to running three miles every day might not be the best way to begin. Start by running short distances a few days a week. This way, you’re less likely to get burnt out and more likely to keep exercising long-term. Have a support system. Telling your family and friends......
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    Beat Back the Holiday Blues

    Beat Back the Holiday Blues Also available at http://blog.nami.org/2013/11/beat-back-holiday-blues.html. By Kathleen Vogtle, NAMI Communications Coordinator Once again and seemingly out of nowhere, at least for me, the holidays are upon us. For many, this means Christmas, which falls on a Wednesday this year. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins on Nov. 28, coinciding with Thanksgiving for the first time since 1888. According to Jonathan Mizrahi, a Jewish-American quantum physicist, ......
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    Supporting our Veterans

    In honor of Veteran’s Day, we wanted to post some tips on how to best support the veterans in your community. Relationships: After a veteran returns home, it can seem as though you don’t even know him/her anymore. Many veterans are dealing with the stress of assimilating back into their communities while simultaneously trying to find a job, care for family members and deal with trauma from their time overseas. While relationships may be strained, they are also an extremely important ......
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