The Way we Communicate with Young People is by Text, Saves Lives!

Amazingly, helping those in need by a crisis text line

Texting has become So important in helping the young! 
We now understand the importance of Texting!
We support it totally!
by Nancy Lublin
   How data from a crisis text line is saving lives    
TEXTING
When a young woman texted DoSomething.org with a heartbreaking cry for help, the organization responded by opening a nationwide Crisis Text Line for people in pain. Nearly 10 million text messages later, the organization is using the privacy and power of text messaging to help people handle addiction, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, sexual abuse and more. But there’s an even bigger win: The anonymous data collected by text is teaching us when crises are most likely to happen — and helping schools and law enforcement to prepare for them.

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Goal Setting When Depressed Can Be Such A Downer

A Downer

Does this sound familiar? I’ll go to the gym four times a week starting tomorrow. Sure I will. I’ll drive there, sit in my car, pound back an extra large Timmy Ho’s ‘double-double’ (that’s Canada speak for coffee with 2 sugars and creams) while I wrestle with the elastic waistband of the new yoga pants I’m wearing. Who said anything about working out? Heaving jumbo coffee cups have gotta be weight training, right?

I make goals or ‘success steps’ throughout the year. But what happens when I’m depressed or was recovering from a psychotic episode? Accomplishing goals when in the midst of mental illness is very different than when my mood’s stable for some time or you’ve never wrestled with psychiatric disorder period.

From living with bipolar disorder and anxiety, and much trial and error, I now know I must keep these key points in mind if I’m to have a decent chance of reaching targets:

•Psychiatric disorders are illnesses. And like any illness, I must readjust expectations daily, sometimes hourly, in relation to my health and needs.
•Goals easily accomplished previously may be unrealistic, but perhaps not in the future.
•Tiny, tiny steps are crucial to achieving success, self-esteem and recovery.
•Address a hidden but significant barrier: my reaction to the ‘smallness’, the apparent insignificance of these first goals.

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10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn
Oprah.com
 
In the past 10 years, I’ve realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I’m most grateful to have unlearned:

1. Problems are bad. You spent your school years solving arbitrary problems imposed by boring authority figures. You learned that problems—comment se dit?—suck. But people without real problems go mad and invent things like base jumping and wedding planning. Real problems are wonderful, each carrying the seeds of its own solution. Job burnout? It’s steering you toward your perfect career. An awful relationship? It’s teaching you what love means. Confusing tax forms? They’re suggesting you hire an accountant, so you can focus on more interesting tasks, such as flossing. Finding the solution to each problem is what gives life its gusto.
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Self Appreciation

Self-Appreciation is the foundation of a healthy self-image and goes hand in hand with self-esteem and self-confidence. It starts with accepting the self and the way in which it is showing up in this life. This might not happen over night but as a process of self-discovery. Developing self-appreciation will lead to a fuller, healthier and happier life.

Self-judgment and the judgment of others happen as the product of a consciousness developing to certain level of self-awareness. Self-judgment diminishes self-appreciation when the individual internalizes the consequences that stem from these judgments. Therefore it is crucial to nurture self-esteem and practice self-appreciation to assure the health and well-being of the individual.

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