Personal Stories

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Why Self Care Is Crucial for Mental Health Care Professionals

Sometimes, we catch ourselves asking how we can be in the position to help others work through things while facing our own struggles.

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Becoming the Best Caregiver I Can Be

I’m not the perfect caregiver. But by throwing myself into this lifelong learning process, I’m much better able to help her when she needs it.

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How NAMI Helped Me Support My Brother in His Mental Health Journey

I recalled how my mother had struggled find the right help and support — the stress in her voice, the constant phone calls detailing terrible incidents that took place at the height of my brother’s symptoms.

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When My Mental Health Episode Made Headlines

For years, I carried the fear that bars us from living openly and freely, constantly worried and dreaming of being exposed, judged.

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To My Future Providers: I Am More Than My Diagnosis

Ultimately, I hope that you will remember that people with mental illness have unique stories, and they are deserving of your time.

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Weathering the Seasons and Cycles of a Mental Health Condition

Have you ever looked out a dirty widow through which you could hardly see, then wiped it clean and enjoyed the view? That's the best way I can describe what this new regimen did for me.

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Learning to Manage My Bipolar Disorder

Throughout this journey, I’ve learned that you need to prioritize having a good treatment team, cultivating honest friendships and practicing self-care and acceptance.

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Pursuing My Dream Career While in Recovery

My parents were instrumental in helping me shed the deeply-internalized fear that my diagnosis would limit my future. They reminded me that if I took care of myself, my career would follow.

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What My Experience with Law Enforcement Taught Me About Crisis Response

As I look back on my situation and other stories of incarceration, I hope to educate law enforcement and the public on a better approach to mental health crisis response. The bottom line? People in crisis do not belong in jail.

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How My Family’s Support and Unconditional Love Helped Me Recover

I finally stopped fighting him. He stayed by my side, loved me and supported me.

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