Posted in Life, Resources

My Mix-Tape

I was talking with my friend Jesse about a project that he had to do with his art class, his project was to make a mix tape (sadly, not a real mix-tape… more like a playlist) of 5 songs that he loves and explain why he loves that. He also had to add other stuff that I really didn’t pay attention to because I’m not in the class.

It got me thinking, what would I put on my “mix-tape?” And also choosing 5 songs would be crazy difficult!

I ended up telling him what songs I would choose and it’s not a surprise that I would chose them. (I am adding the lyric video of the songs from youtube, if you haven’t listen to them, please feel free.. they are amazing. I love these songs)

Song # 1 : Superheroes by The Script  

Piece of Lyrics: 

“‘Cause he’s stronger than you know
A heart of steel starts to grow
When you’ve been fighting for it all your life
You’ve been struggling to make things right
That’s how a superhero learns to fly
(Every day, every hour, turn that pain into power)” – The Script

Reasoning:

I love this song because I believe that we’re all superheroes (Im also into super heroes) and just like superheroes, they don’t just get up.. no matter how beat up they are. They always get back up and fight. We are strong like Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Iron Man, all of million of them. I personally love to cosplay as Wonder Woman, as well as I am a huge fan of hers because she’s strength. No matter how upset I get, I remember that I am Wonder Woman; I am strong, I will get through this, I will change this world, and I won’t give up. This song is just beautiful and I truly love this song.

 

Song 2: Stand By You by Rachel Platten 

Piece of Lyrics:

“Even if we’re breaking down, we can find a way to break through
Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you
Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you
Even if we can’t find heaven, I’m gonna stand by you
Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you
Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you” -Rachel Platten

Reasoning:

So lately I’ve been watching Glee ( I know I’m waaay behind!) and to be honest, I wish I lived in the Glee World. I would love to sing and dance my way through my problems. Well if I could sing and dance any song to my friends, my family, to my readers/followers (which you guys are my friends too), this would be the song. It describes how I feel as someone who wants to be a counselor and wants to help others get through what they are thinking and feeling. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my friends, I’ll go through anything and everything along side with anyone who will reach out to me for help. “Love, you’re not alone, ‘ cause I’m gonna stand by you.”

Song 3: 1-800-273-8255 by Logic

Piece of Lyrics:

“I’ve been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I’m out of my mind
It feel like my life ain’t mine
Who can relate?
I’ve been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I’m out of my mind
It feel like my life ain’t mine

I want you to be alive
I want you to be alive
You don’t gotta die today
You don’t gotta die
I want you to be alive
I want you to be alive
You don’t gotta die” – Logic

Reasoning: 

I’m pretty sure this my life anthem, since I do have depression and I struggle with suicidal thoughts, I feel this song. And it’s like Logic (and others) are singing from my point of view and to me through the song. This song begins to explain what it’s like in the mind, of course not too much but the bare minimum. Plus the fact that the title of this song is the suicide hotline, means everything to me. It’s an amazing song and I appreciate Logic so much for making this issue publicly, it’s about time we put that suicide is a serious problem and that we need to help reduce this and help those who need it.

Song 4: Paralyzed by Against The Current 

Piece of Lyrics:

“It feels like I’m paralyzed, and I can’t
Escape from the prison I’m, living in
I’m naming the voices in my head
To keep on telling me to give in
But it making me stronger
Fight a little longer
I’m gonna bring me back to life
And I won’t be paralyzed” – Against the Current

Reasoning:

Against the Current has to be one of my favorite (if not my favorite) band ever. Their type of music is amazing and the singers are amazing. Soothing and I love listening to them when I’m winding down and relaxing. This song, kind of empowers me especially when she says she’ll keep fighting, bringing herself back to life and she won’t be paralyzed. It’s just a song that I can relate to when I’m feeling the strength I have when I get through a depression /suicide episode or anxiety attack, or when I wish I had that strength, I have this song to help me get that strength back. Yay for empowerment!

Song 5: Man in The Mirror by Michael Jackson

Piece of Lyrics:

“That’s Why I Want You To
Know
I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change” – Michael Jackson

Reasoning:

Since I am a huge Michael Jackson fan, I’ve always loved this song because I believe that if you really want to change the world… you got to start with yourself. Life is always about changes and even though chances are really scary, they’re great sometimes. And since I’m going to change myself, I need to start by changing some things about myself; making myself better, happier, healthier. I can’t help anyone if I’m stuck in one of my depressive slumps. So, here’s to another self-discovery, self-improve and self-love journey and I’m going in with so much optimism. I know I’m going to come out better, for myself, for my friends& family and for all of you guys!♥

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Since we are speaking of music, I made a playlist on spotify called “Love Your Strength” and it’s a bunch of songs that’s empowering, self-loving, motivational, inspiring! A present from me to you. Music can really help a suffering soul, and I want to help in any and every way possible. The playlist is posted blow! I hope you enjoy!

Keep it dorky!

With lots of love, Jade♥

 

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Posted in Letters, Life, Mental Health Awareness, Resources, Tips/Advice

Suicide Prevention Month

I was watching the VMA’s last Sunday and I watched this artist that I’ve never heard of perform a song I didn’t know at all. I’ve heard it on the radio for like a little bit and changed the channel.

Well this artist’s performance made me cry throughout the whole thing. It was Logic’s message and performance of 1-800-273-8255 (Link is the performance).

I cried through the whole thing and about 10 minutes after and I remember texting my friend Ryan about it. He was of course concerned on why I was crying in the first place and after I explained it to him that when I was struggling with my worst parts of my depression, I never had that.

I cried because that is something I wish I had. I cried because I saw the fact that was on TV and a lot of people were watching this. I cried because this is the start of the awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. I cried because that performance and message probably helped or will help a lot of people.

I may be an extremely emotional person, in general, but this really touched me and my heart. I loved it and I’m so happy that Logic came out with that song.


Well, September is Suicide Prevention Month and World Suicide Prevention Day is coming on the 10th and I’m ready for it with my TWLOHA “Stay, Find What You Were Made For Gear” (link is provided if you want to check it out). I have little positive cards to leave around for the 10th and I’m excited.

But this is making me think of why I’m a huge advocate for this cause and for mental health and that’s because I live it everyday.

I thought back today and thought about the day I wanted to kill myself, the day I tried to attempt to.

Its a day that I try to forget as much as I can, but it’s hard to forget about it. I remember having no hope at all, I cried every night and every morning, I had cut marks all over my stomach. I thoughts that my family, my friends, my school , my community, everyone would be so much better off without me. Happier. And I was always about making others happy and this was something that could help others.

I struggled with that thoughts every day for a long.. long time, and that thoughts pops in my mind, every once in a while still. I still remember being so scared to do it, and all I could think about when I was getting ready to do it… was how would my parents actually react to it.

And I think that’s what actually broke me down more. It was like my mind was being tugged between life and death. I didn’t know what to believe, I really didn’t. And when I couldn’t do it, physically couldn’t do it. I left and I cried and cried. I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know where to go, how to get help, I didn’t know who to turn to, I didn’t know what to even say or think.

Looking back to that day, I was so thankful that I didn’t do it. I would never experience meeting amazing people who changed my life. People who gave me life, challenge me, made me feel wanted, people who were there. I would never build the strength that I have no, because without that strength, all the experiences I’ve been through.. I wouldn’t be here telling you.

If I killed myself years ago, I wouldn’t be here changing my life and others. 

If I killed myself years ago, I wouldn’t be here inspiring and helping others. 

If I killed myself years ago, I would never see the day that I believe in myself as I do now. 

If I killed myself years ago, I would never see that things truly do get better.

This is me telling you, that it does get better. I know it feel like it’ll never get better. I know the feeling, I can’t feel what you feel but I know that thought. But you need to keep fighting, you need to keep being strong because you can and you deserve it. You deserve to be happy, to live and you are strong enough. I know you are. I believe in you.

If you or someone you know is suicidal or having suicidal thoughts, please contact someone. There are so many resources to have:

Suicide HotLine: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Textline: Text HOME to 741741

Suicide Crisis Chat: http://chat.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx

And if someone is in immediate danger, dial 911.

You matter. You are worthy. You are important. You are loved. Please Stay Alive.

With lots of love,

Jade♥

 

Posted in Life, Mental Health Awareness, Resources, Tips/Advice

The New Plan

What does Robin Williams, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and Chester Bennington have in common?

Sadly, they’re all celebrities that has committed suicide  (or has their death rule as a possible suicide).

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Suicide Stats

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of the death in the US
  • Men die by suicide 2.5x more often than woman
  • On average, there are 121 suicides per day

-American Foundation of Suicide Prevention

Now, we all know that mental health isn’t treated as important as physical health. And until these death and until movies/shows like Cyberbullying and 13 Reasons Why came out, Suicide has been a hush subject. Something that no one really wants to talk about.

Well, that really needs to stop. We need to talk about it! We need a new plan! We can reduce the daily and yearly rates of suicide by being eliminating the stigma of mental illness, suicide and going to therapy. Also getting educated in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or at least knowing how to approach someone who is or can be suicidal can seriously save lives. 

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Just being able to listen to someone when they are feeling this way, can change so much. And just because someone is suicidal or having suicidal thoughts doesn’t mean they just need to be throw into a mental hospital, they could just need someone to talk to, someone to care. And then if they need it, it’ll be easier to suggest getting further help.

So, you may be thinking.. “I am not a mental health specialist or trained in MHFA… what can I do?”

Well, I have a great answer for you;

1. Get educated so you know when someone may be struggling or so you can identify warning signs. (Lucky for you, I have some info in this post! YAY)

2. Be loving, caring and supportive. Don’t lecture them, that’s the last thing they need. Just let them know that they are loved for, cared about and their life matters. They really just need a better support system, and there are better ways of bringing up getting the proper help with them and that comes with trust and comfort.

3. DO NOT tell them to “stop being negative,” or “Just be more happy or more positive.” Or that whatever they are upset about isn’t worth it or there are people out there who has it worst. DO NOT EVER SAY THAT. It’s just insulting to say that to someone who is thinking about hurting or killing themselves and it makes them feel worst then they already do, makes them feel that they don’t even deserve someone that truly will talk to them about what’s wrong.

* And also it DOES NOT matter how much worst someone else has it, everything we feel, everything we see and hear is OUR own perspective and OUR OWN reality and that’s serious. You don’t know or can never know how badly someone is hurt because you ARE NOT them, you cannot feel their emotions or hear their thoughts. Everyone struggles, yes, some people may have it worst… but that doesn’t mean you can minimize someone else’s pain.

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I know most of the things I’ve been saying in this post is get educated!

⇒Let’s say it one more time for the people in the back… GET EDUCATED! ⇐

My main philosophy for mental health education is ECCS: Education, Communication, Caring and Supporting

4 main things you can do need to do in talking to someone with a mental illness or talking to someone who is or can be suicidal. ECCS is very important in a one to one bases for making sure that person who is or can be suicidal gets better.

Now if this person IS suicidal and is trying to attempt or has a plan, follow MHFA’s AGLEE (5 step plan)

AGLEE (5 Step Plan) 

A ssess for risk of suicide or harm
L isten nonjudgmentally
G ive reassurance and information
E ncourage appropriate professional help
E ncourage self-help and other support strategies

Mental Health First Aid 

⇑(More In dept detail link)⇑

Getting Educated on Warning Signs

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text line: Text HOME to 741741 (USA)

Below are suicide prevention, warning signs and ways to approach situations that may lead to suicide and are provided by the National Alliance of Mental Illness and American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (I take no credit in any of the information below or any information in the blockquotes; links are all provided):

Know The Warning Signs

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous
  • Increased alcohol and drug use
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Talking, writing or thinking about death
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior

-National Alliance of Mental Illness

 

Warning Signs

Talk

If a person talks about:

  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason to live
  • Killing themselves

Behavior

Specific things to look out for include:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression

Mood

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety

-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

 

Approaching the Situation 

  • Remove means such as guns, knives or stockpiled pills
  • Calmly ask simple and direct questions, such as “Can I help you call your psychiatrist?” rather than, “Would you rather I call your psychiatrist, your therapist or your case manager?”
  • Talk openly and honestly about suicide. Don’t be afraid to ask questions such as “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” or “Do you have a plan for how you would kill yourself?”
  • If there are multiple people, have one person speak at a time
  • Ask what you can do to help
  • Don’t argue, threaten or raise your voice
  • Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong
  • If your loved one asks for something, provide it, as long as the request is safe and reasonable
  • If you are nervous, try not to fidget or pace
  • If your loved one is having hallucinations or delusions, be gentle and sympathetic, but do not get in an argument about whether the delusions or hallucinations are real

If you are concerned about suicide and don’t know what to do, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

-National Alliance on Mental Illness

 

Together, we can all make a difference.. even if it’s difference in one life… it matters. Mental Health education needs to start and we need to seriously address suicide prevention plans!

Also as a reminder.. You matter so much. Please remember that. If you or anyone you know is suicidal, please please get help. I can’t stress how much you matter.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text line: Text HOME to 741741 (USA)

You are amazing, you are loved, you are important,

With lots of love,

Jade♥

 

Posted in Life, Resources

The Liebster Award

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I have recently been tagged by the kindest, hard-working and amazing mother, Courtney, a blogger at https://unfilteredmamasite.wordpress.com/, for the Liebster Award. This is a tag that was designed to help new bloggers become discovered and connect with the rest of the blogging community. The rules are as follows:

  • Recognize who tagged you and promote their blog on your blog
  • Answer all questions asked of you
  • Create 11 NEW questions
  • Tag 11 people with under 200 followers

Questions from Unfiltered Mama:

1. What type of blogger are you? How did you get to where you are right now?

I am a mental health, advice giver, give you my thoughts and knowledge kind of blogger. I just have something that I talk about with my friends, boyfriend, family, social media, anything that inspires me to think about motivation, encouragement and try and connect it to my recovery journey for my depression.

2. When do you find the time to blog?

Well, currently it’s summer. So I have nothing else really to do. I try to blog as much as I can right now or write ideas down or type them up in my phone. When I’m away from my computer or don’t have much time, I type what I can in my memo pad in my phone and touch back at it when I have the time. I also have my wordpress app on my phone and tablet.

3. Out of all your published posts, which one is your favorite? Why?

Ooh, that’s hard. I really like the one about body image and wearing your illness. Those two are my top favorites because I always hated the way I looked because I would compare myself to other girls. My body wasn’t as big in certain areas as those, my face doesn’t look like that. She’s so pretty, why can’t I have that body, etc. And it just brought me down. Until I had that conversation with that friend that I briefly talked about in my post, I was feeling a bit confident in myself so I tried understanding that I am me, I am pretty great and I am beautiful, just the way I am. Wear Your Illness, is a favorite of mine because I hated hiding my illness, hiding a part of who I am, so opening up a little about it made me feel stronger and like I owned my depression. And it gives room for people to understand that the stigma of these mental illnesses aren’t what they think they are. They can ask questions, which I want them to want. I really want to create shirts that say “I am _________” on the front and on the back it says “Ask me about it! 🙂 ” with a little hashtag on the bottom that says Wearyourillness. I think it’s a great way of owning your illness, overcoming it and spreading awareness of it!

4. What do you enjoy doing in your free time, besides blogging?

Well since it’s summer, I enjoy being with my friends, my boyfriend, sometimes working (I work in a great environment), dancing, listening and learning from Ted Talks and watching New Girl.

5. Is you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?

Oh golly, I would go to Hawaii and Alaska on a cruise, and to London, England. Maybe visit Europe too (I’ve been recommended by some European friends that I have).

6. Are you a book reader? What book would you recommend everyone to read?

Unfortunately, I am not a book reader. But I do have some books that I read and loved, Zodiac by Romina Russell and Fallen by Lauren Kate. I’m stuck reading “It’s Kind of A Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini and “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst. All the books that I listed I would recommend.

7. Have you had any negative experiences with blogging? What did you do to overcome it? 

I’ve actually haven’t had any negative experiences with blogging. But If I did, I wouldn’t really let it bother me. I’ve had some things negative experience with peer counseling on some mental health apps, so I’d probably handle it the same way… maybe a little better. Just breath, stay calm and don’t let anyone’s negativity bother you or change you.

8. Where are you from? Favorite place to go in your town?

Well, I’m from a small town in Pennsylvania. I never really left my house to go anywhere in my town. My favorite places to go when I was a teen in high school was dance practice in a town 30 minutes away. Now as an emerging adult, I moved to Mechanicsburg, PA (which is 45 minutes from the town I was a teen) and I really love going to 2nd and Charles which is in Harrisburg and my old college which is about 10 minutes from my house.

9. What has surprised you the most about blogging and its large community?

What surprised met he most about blogging was how helpful it can be for someone who has a mental illness and is struggling. It’s another outlet and I encourage anyone really to blog or write to help release that stress. Something surprising about the large community is that everyone is so supporting, warm, welcoming, friendly and helpful. I’ve talked to so many other bloggers and I loved it.

10. What are your long-term goals for your blog?

My long-term goals for my blog would be to be shared by a lot of people and people coming back. The only reason why I made this blog was because I have this huge dream of reaching out to as many people as I can and helping as many people as I can. And right now, I felt like I couldn’t help as many people since I’m still in school to be a counselor and a mental health educator, so I thought to myself “how can I help others right now?”

I wanted to volunteer more, I try peer counseling on mental health sites and maybe a blog will help. So here I am! I really just want to spread love, encouragement, hope and motivation to people who think it doesn’t get better, they are alone and struggling. And if that’s 1 view or 10,000 views, so be it. I don’t want to be famous, I just want to help.

11. Name something you can’t live without and explain why.

One thing I can’t live without, gosh. Just one? I really hate these questions because I’m so indecisive. I can’t live without my social support. Which includes, my friends, family, s.o., God, community. (I think I finally beat the system with this answer, it’s one answer but many parts in that answer, whoop whoop!!). When I was going through my hardest part of depression, I didn’t have much of a support system, so I struggled alone. I felt like no one cared and no one would be bothered if I was here or not. And it’s one of the worst feelings ever, I never want anyone to feel that way, ever. No one deserves that. So I have amazing friends, family and an amazing boyfriend that support me,  and it feels really amazing to finally feel connected to people and loved.

 


To continue the chain, I nominate the following bloggers for The Liebster Award:

  1. Andolina – http://lessonsfromastudentmom.com/
  2. Nicole – http://therusticbelle.com/
  3. Rene – http://blackgirllostkeys.com/
  4. Noelle – http://www.ndswithdegrees.com/
  5. Brianna – http://briannafae.com/
  6. Caitlin – http://caitlinwren.blogspot.com/
  7. Kristen – https://prokindproject.wordpress.com/
  8. Michelle – http://micheledaniellek.com/
  9. Chloe – http://www.anxietydepressionandme.com/
  10. Lena – http://lenafordonline.com/
  11. Chloe – http://toomuchtooyoungblog.wordpress.com/

My questions that I ask to be answered are:

  1. What is your story?
  2. How is your recovery/self-love journey going?
  3. What’s one thing (or person) that always encourages/ motivations you?
  4. What’s 5 things that make you happy?
  5. What inspired you to blog/write?
  6. What are your future plans in life? (from career, to decisions to the blog)
  7. What’s your favorite mental health organization and why?
  8. What do you hope your blog will accomplish with the community or with others?
  9. What’s your opinion/thoughts/feedback on 13 reason why? (If you watched it)
  10. What do you do when you are going through an episode, crisis, attack, etc?
  11. What is some advice you would give to someone who might be struggling with a mental illness?

I want to thank Unfiltered Mama again for the nomination, it was a lot of fun, answering and thinking of the questions! I hope everyone tagged has fun answering mine! 🙂

Keep it dorky!

With lots of love,

Jade ❤

Posted in Mental Health Awareness, Resources

Online Resources I found useful

Since I’m a huge mental health advocate, I tend to follow many mental health project accounts on my personal Instagram and Twitter. And from these, I’ve found pretty great organizations that are perfect for someone who is a support, fighter and/or survivor!

Here’s a list, my opinion and summary:

 To Write Love On Her Arms – https://twloha.com/ 

I have to thank my ex boyfriend for telling me about this. TWLOHA is an amazing organization that raises money for mental health awareness. I’ve bought support packs that have a t-shirt, print and info cards. I’ve fallen in love with the info cards and I still have a ton that I give out. TWLOHA even has their own blog, so I recommend it. The website is very organize, also I have yet to get involved with TWLOHA but it’s definitely on a bucket list for me!

Project 375 – https://project375.org/

Another thank you to the same ex boyfriend who talk me about TWLOHA. That ex was a huge sports fan and he told me about this. Checking it out and learning more, which I do recommend checking out the “who we are” section. They have a small section about mental illness in general. They have their own newsletter, which I really like, called The Chatter. They have their own playlist on spottily called Project Hopeful, I haven’t checked it out but I will and I’ll do an update on the resources when I finish and find more resources! You can donate any amount to this organization, however there are 4 main things you can donate money towards and that is LUCID APP: Mental Health App, Community Resource Folder, YMHFA (1) Training for High School and Gift of LUCID App for One classroom and they range from 100$-2,500$. I really do love how they are focusing on spreading awareness into the schools and community. Also really love how athletes like Brandon Marshall are getting so involved into the mental health education and awareness.

Project Semi Colon – https://projectsemicolon.com/

I think we all know Project Semi Colon, or at least you know about the Semi Colon, I actually haven’t checked out the website until recently. And I’m in love from first sight. They have a good amount of mental illness information and they have a good amount of things you can do to take action with or for Project Semi Colon. They have this tab called “My Mental Health” which includes a section of information for being concern about someone who is struggling and might be at risk for suicide, struggling with suicidal thoughts yourself, being a suicide survivor and information on how to cope with a trauma. They also include a tab for getting help which involves a health screening, finding treatment near you and finding courses for education (which I might try since to educate, you must be educated). There is also a place where you can share your story and read other stories. I encourage others to share their story, it’s a starter of where you start on your journey and you can look back in the future and see how far you’ve came since the start. Definitely a site to check out. Also register for an Project Semi Colon Account and friend me! lotsoflovebyjade 🙂

The Buddy Project – http://www.buddy-project.org/

I recently just found this organization, they followed me on twitter and I loved it. It’s an organization where you get paired up with a buddy and raise mental health awareness. It’s very simple actually, very fun. I love meeting new people and I love getting to know people’s stories! I actually just got my buddy and she’s pretty awesome. I’ll post her wordpress link so you can check her out. She’s a mental health advocate just like me!

Check out my awesome new friend  → https://leenahlovesherself.wordpress.com/

With Project Buddy, you can get involved by signing up to be a buddy, being a campus campaign Rep by educating and supporting mental health education on your college campus. You could also be involved with the Youth Advisory Board which just help improving BP! They also provide resources like; hotlines, self harm alternatives, a resource for those with anxiety, triggers in shows and movies and other helpful resources

Spark Bracelets – http://www.sparkbracelets.com/

I found Spark Bracelets on Instagram, or they found me. They followed me first and I kinda liked their product so I followed back. They sell these bracelets for mental health awareness. So if you’re looking into cute and little mech that also raises money and awareness then spark bracelets is your site! They also provide these really cool listening services packages for sell, which is different. They provide a ton of hotline resources in a bunch of different countries and I absolutely love their catch phase, “spark a conversation!”

Pro Kind Project – https://prokindproject.wordpress.com/

Well this lovely person actually recently followed me on Twitter and connected with me. Which I absolutely love! I checked out her blog and I love what it’s about. I’m really for self care for yourself and being kind to others. Something that I’ve been struggling with for so long. Kristen is very kind and very open, she tells her followers that if they ever need anyone to talk to that they can talk to her. Which I admire a lot, I think it’s a great blog and project that she’s been developing and I’m excited to see where she goes with it. I also do hope to get to know her more because what’s better than a bunch of mental health advocate superheros together saving the world? Nothing!

Radical Transformation Project – http://www.radicaltransformationproject.com/

I found this on Pinterest while I was looking for mental health Ted Talks. (I’ll post another blog about helpful Ted Talks) and it’s very helpful. Not only does it include 5 really great Ted Talk but also includes tons of resources and information about a ton of stuff. Just a small list of what the website includes; self care for mind, body and soul, kick ass motivational speeches, ultimate breakup survival guide, mental health resource library, what you should know about domestic violence, etc. They also have a free mental health planner that you can download, which I did. It’s a really great site to check out.

Talk Life: You’re Not Alone – App you can find in the App Store and Google Play 

https://talklife.co/

You can also do it online too, just the app is better. I found this app while exploring my google play. I love it, I haven’t really been active on it recently (neither with vent or blogging, sorry friends) but it is really great. It’s a community where you can talk about what you want. You have a username and you can actually post anonymously. I know as a member of Talk Life, the community is very supporting but do know to be careful when reading some of the stuff and even posting because some things could be triggering to you and to other. They offer a trigger warning when you post it but not everyone uses it. You can register to be helped or to help or both. You also have the option to help more out in the Talk Life Community with being a moderator or buddy. A monitor is just help to make sure Talk Life is safe and being trained to be a talk Life Buddy is getting a little bit of training in Mental First Aid. The training process for that was very well, they included videos and they tested you. So I liked it a lot.

Talklife also includes in the app hotline numbers if you feel like you are in a crisis and it pops up once in while when you post. Which I think is pretty great, it’s very handy for someone who may need to call the hotline.

I really recommend it but just always make sure to practice self care. Especially if you’re there to help others, remember that your mental health matters too.

Follow me on Talk Life – HeyitsMissJade

Vent – App you can find in the App Store and Google Play

http://www.vent.co/

Vent is a little bit like TalkLife, talklife is more mental health awareness-y, Vent is basically for anyone who wants to talk about their feelings or anything really. So things may be a little more inappropriate. It’s a great app, I went on after I found TalkLife because I wanted to help out a little more with people online. Vent doesn’t have moderators or buddies like talklife does.

Listen to me on Vent: – Heyitsmissjade


 

I hope you enjoy the list of resources! I’m always looking for more, so if you want to be featured or know a great resource. I’m going to try and put up a way to contact me through the blog and feel free to contact me!

Email: xo.lotsoflove.ox@gmail.com

IG: @lotsoflovebyjade

Thanks for reading, keep being awesome and as always keep it dorky!

With lots of love,
Jade