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Be Equipped for Recovery

If you want to be healed, make a commitment right now to begin the process of grieving. Take steps forward, even when you have to force yourself. These daily devotions introduce you to the tools you need for working through the process of grieving. We want you to be equipped for recovery. You…

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Joy Can Return

It does get better; you will experience joy again. In her book A Passage Through Grief, Barbara Baumgardner writes, “They told me one day I would go twenty-four hours without thinking of my loss. I told them they were crazy. “They weren’t crazy; they were right. At first, I felt guilt, then elation.”[1]…

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Good morning you beautiful, unique you!

Let us motivate each other today and stay positive. We all have things happen that turn our lives upside down. What is important is that we recognize what the problem is and pick ourselves back up and move forward. Helping others helps you. Be the support someone needs, be a shoulder to cry…

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I’ve Learned So Much Since Becoming A Bereaved Parent – Here Are The 10 Most Important Things

by Jennifer Canvasser  Trigger warning: child loss Years have passed since I held my son Micah in my arms. Micah died from complications of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a devastating intestinal disease, just before his first birthday. When Micah died in the Pediatric ICU, we left the hospital with his things in a plastic hospital bag and a 30-page…

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7 Symptoms Of Depression That Can Be Debilitating

by Kimberly Zapata  Depression is a common condition that affects millions of people each year. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, depression affects 264 million people worldwide. It’s a leading cause of disability, impacting many — physically, mentally, and economically. It is (somewhat) biased. Depression is more prevalent in women than in men, and depression can lead…

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental Health Among Asian Americans

Akua Mind Body > Mental Health > Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental Health Among Asian Americans Posted in Mental Health Posted on July 2, 2021Posted  by Kristen Fuller, M.D. Minority Mental Health in America “Minority Mental Health Month is a nationwide effort developed by Mental Health America to shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous,…

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JULY 13TH – FOOD FOR THOUGHT

A simple “are you okay” can go a long way. So many people are fighting a fight that can’t be seen. Take time to be available to listen. Just being there and listening to someone struggling can be more helpful than you could ever imagine. ―Joshua Bridges “The purpose of life is not…

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Genes and Depression

Depression is a common mental health condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) says depression affects about 300 million people worldwide. It’s the most common illness and the leading cause of disability across the globe. Depression affects how a person feels, think, and act. Patients with depression may have a hard time eating, sleeping,…

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Addiction Should Be Treated, Not Penalized

Nora D. Volkow APRIL 27, 2021 NOTE: A Spanish translation of this article is available from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the large racial health disparities in the United States. Black Americans have experienced worse outcomes during the pandemic, continue to die at a greater rate than White…

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Difference Between Stress & Anxiety

Individuals under stress will eventually start to feel mental and physical symptoms, such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping. Stress can often lead to anxiety, and these terms are often used interchangeably; however, there is a significant difference between stress and anxiety. Stress is a response to an external factor, such as an…

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS

Part of the problem with the word disabilities is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of…

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JULY 5TH-FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Be kind even if the person your being kind to doesn’t respect your kindness. It shows growth and maturity, and you will be rewarded in time.”―Joshua Bridges “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”― Plato “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in…

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YOUTH VILLAGES STORIES

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Every day, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. But,…

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JULY 2ND-FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Always ask yourself, am I at the right place at the right time doing the right thing for the right reason. If you can answer yes, then be prepared for a blessing because it will come. -Joshua Bridges Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. -Stephen Chbosky “Remembering the pain…

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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and the month offers organizations of all types and sizes a wonderful opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services through…

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Take a Mental Health Test

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.+DEPRESSION TEST+POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION TEST+ANXIETY TEST+PSYCHOSIS TEST+BIPOLAR TEST+EATING DISORDER TEST+PTSD TEST+PARENT TEST+YOUTH TEST+ADDICTION TEST+PRUEBA DE ANSIEDAD…

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31 Tips To Boost Your Mental Health

1. Track gratitude and achievement with a journal. Include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day. 2. Start your day with a cup of co­ffee. Coff­ee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. If you can’t drink coff­ee because of the caff­eine, try another good-for-you drink like…

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A LETTER TO NO ONE

If I told you I love you, would you even care? Would you shrug it off as if it was a blank statement? Could you tell by my touch or by the way I look at you? Do you think of me when I’m thinking of you? If you could see what I…

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Spiritual Breakthrough

“We are living in a broken world,” states Barbara Johnson. “We see broken marriages, broken people, broken lives. There’s never going to come a time when we’ve got it all together.” She continues, “As you go through grief, as you center your focus on what is ahead of you as a Christian, that…

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Rick Roeder Testimony 07/16/2019

Thank you for allowing me to share my Road to Recovery with you this evening.I was born on Sept 2, 1960, here in Lima, Ohio. I have 5 sisters, no brothers, and am the 2nd youngest of 6 children. Like most in the early 60’s, my father worked 2 jobs to support us.…

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Doubting Your Faith

“I was mad. I felt like the Lord was not there. I had prayed to hear from Him, and I didn’t. It seemed as if He wasn’t answering my prayers,” says Phyllis, who lost her sister. “Emotionally and spiritually I expected something different. I knew that He was there, but I wasn’t feeling…

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JUDGE

In Daring Greatly, Brene Brown says: “We judge people in areas where we’re vulnerable to shame, especially picking folks who are doing worse than we’re doing. If I feel good about my parenting, I have no interest in judging other people’s choices. If I feel good about my body, I don’t go around…

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JUNE 22-FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Love yourself, self-care, help others, and repeat. -Joshua Bridges To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. -George Macdonald It’s better to prepare than to repair. -John C. Maxwell TO LEAVE A COMMENT SCROLL DOWN

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS

When I was a boy, I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others. -Fred Rogers TO LEAVE A…

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Losing a Part of Yourself

The loss of a close family member creates extra depth and complexity to your grief. You shared a special and intimate connection with your loved one, and this relationship helped you define who you were. Losing this person has literally ripped you apart on the inside, leaving you unsure of your own identity.…

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Suicide whispers

If all I see are these fucked up dreams, then what’s the point in this. If all I feel is death awaits, then why am I still awake? Why hasn’t the pain just stopped? Why can t I get past the haunted face of you? I wish I was gone but can’t finish…

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Depression

Note : this is an article i recently wrote and posted on our Tribal Page and thought i would also share it here “This is a subject with which I have … Depression

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS

What matters isn’t how a person’s inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life. What really matters is whether he used the alphabet for the declaration of war or the description of a sunrise-his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new bridge.…

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Identify Your Losses

One reason grief disrupts so many aspects of your life is because your loss is not one isolated loss. You will miss so many qualities and facets of the person you lost that each will become an opportunity to experience grief. The range of things you need to grieve for may surprise you.…

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Grief Is Disruptive

Grief affects everything you do. It can disrupt every aspect of your life in ways you might not expect. “I don’t think I had time to think because psychologically I wasn’t with it,” says Nancy, whose husband passed away. “I would do stupid things. I would be coming home thinking I was on…

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JUNE 16TH-FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Love like me that shit is on a different level. A level that most can’t understand. It’s intensely pure and unconditional. I’m not perfect I make mistakes, but I love like no other. The day I learn to love myself the way I love others, the world better be prepared to see something…

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS

You don’t ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you. When I say, “It’s you I like,” I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch… that deep part of you that allows you to stand…

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Another girl from nowhere

She laughed without fear. She smiled so confidently. She loved so fiercely. She protected her life and her kids like it were her job. Who was she? Where did she come from? How did she have this amazing soul? Would you of known she had been through great struggles? She battled man after…

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Nature

Nature is a great teacher But alas! humans never learn I wish we could be like fire Fiery and unyielding The only weapon against darkness Nature is a… Nature

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FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is not tricky. We make it difficult. It is easier to forgive a stranger than it is to forgive a family member or a close friend. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realizing the prisoner is you. Forgiving others is freeing. It is to let go of the longing…

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS

I think the young feel pressured by the older generation. But I realized it isn’t just the older generation doing the pressuring. Young people are pressuring older people to change, too, and it can make us feel uncomfortable. But it isn’t all bad either. I know how much I learned from my parents…

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JUNE 14TH-FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Avoid people that are constantly judging other people. They don’t have the ability to recognize we are all human and make mistakes, and they don’t know everything you are struggling with. It is easy for them to judge others because they don’t want to deal with their own issues. -Joshua Bridges The quality…

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Grief Is Harder Than You Think

The hardest time to learn about the process of grief is while you are in the midst of it. You may feel that you are taking a crash course in grief and that the learning curve is formidable. But those who seek to understand grief and loss will be better able to recover,…

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SUICIDE 

I want to talk about suicide for a minute. I have all the topics people have sent me, and I appreciate them, and I’m slowly hitting each one. I have them written down as they come in. I need to talk about this right now because suicide is a very sensitive and important…

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Unpredictable Emotions

The unpredictable timing and odd combinations of emotions that hit you during grief can leave you confused and despairing. “My life was totally flipped upside down emotionally, in every way you could think of,” says Sue, whose husband died. Your emotions not only hit hard, but they can also occur at unexpected moments,…

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THE INTERVIEW WITH ME

I came across this boy sitting on the side of a country road one morning. He could have only been like 12 years old. I thought maybe he was lost or hurt. He was crying, and sitting next to him was an empty bottle of black velvet. I pulled over and got out.…

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. RODGERS

It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outside of life that ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that the bedrock of our very being is firm. -Fred Rogers TO LEAVE A COMMENT SCROLL DOWN

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JUNE 11TH – FOOD FOR THOUGHT

JUNE 11TH – FOOD FOR THOUGHT “Pay attention to how others treat you; secretly, their intentions may be to hurt you because they are not you.” -Joshua Bridges You have not lived today successfully unless you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you. -John Bunyan Some men have thousands of reasons…

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A LETTER TO MY SOULMATE

If you could only see the way I could love you, time would stop. The rivers would overflow, the sun would never stop shining, and tears of happiness would only exist. You could never break my heart because you would have been the one that mended it. In the storms of my insanity,…

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BLUE JEANS

Do you know how you have that old pair of blue jeans that you wish you could still fit? The ones with the holes in them, with the hard-to-snap buttons and are most likely missing a belt loop. We wish we can fit in them again, but we have to make specific changes…

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June 10th – food for thought

“Just because I’m broken, doesn’t mean I’m worthless, I just been through hell and back and somehow still alive.”-Joshua Bridges The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.-Vince Lombardi The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occurred. A whole stream of events issues from…

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TEARS IN A BOTTLE

As I sit here and reflect on my sobriety and I have relapsed yet again. It’s so hard, the guilt, of being around people who are sober and knowing I could at any moment be a part of taking their sobriety away. It feels like, at this point, I have no one to…

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THE GIRL FROM NOWHERE…….

The quiet girl that used to have everything to say has said her last words today. Shallow girl, hallowed from the inside out, as she runs away just so she doesn’t hurt another soul again today. Her smiles trapped and washed away in the rain; her laughter flooded like puddles, slowly evaporating into…

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He Will Carry You

The Lord will carry you if you ask Him. When you are feeling so weak you cannot take another step, ask Him to lift you high into His loving arms. Then rest in Him with an open and listening heart. This does not mean your problems will disappear, but it does mean you…

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HOW I DEAL WITH TRIGGERING SITUATIONS

I put myself in many triggering situations that most people would find to be very difficult for me. This is true, but I do it intending to save someone else. Plus, I never pass judgment. Just because I stopped drinking doesn’t mean the rest of the world has to. My illness is my…

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LOVE – MY SILENT KILLER

Depression fueled by the negative thinking of self, the constant thought that I’m not good enough, that ill never be good enough for anyone. I love so hard, but I can’t love myself. Why? Why do I hate myself so much? Why do I fight a compliment? Why am I blinded by this…

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JUNE 8TH – FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Doing the right thing is hard till you start doing the right thing without thinking about it; that shit hits different.-Joshua Bridges It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own, but the great man is he who in the…

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ONE DAY AT A TIME IN AL-ANON JUNE 7TH

Suppose, in taking a break from my whirling thoughts, I settle down quietly to think about the word “courtesy.” It means far more than mere politeness; you can be polite without an iota of personal love, warm concern for the other person’s comfort, peace of mind, and well-being. Even giving directions to a…

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 Grief Lasts Longer Than Expected

Grief’s unexpected turns will throw you again and again. You may feel that for every step forward, you take at least one step back. The grieving process generally takes longer than you ever imagined. Please don’t rush this process. Remember, what you are feeling is not only normal; it is necessary. “It’s been…

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I GOT YOU!!!

I got into it with a rehab facility lady from a different city. I’m not going to mention the facility name, but if you don’t like your job and have no compassion for people, you should find a different job. Telling me that the person I’m trying to help is probably too far…

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Pain and Progress

“Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered. Now I commiserate only with those who suffer in ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and ultimate utility of pain.”<< << << >> >> >>Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress. How heartily we A.A.’s can agree…

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12 STEPS

At Ann’s insistence, the nagging wife, Dr. Bob, agreed to go to the Seiberling Estate that Mother’s Day afternoon to meet this character from New York, but she had to promise that they would stay no longer than fifteen minutes. When they met at the Gatehouse, Bill looked at Dr. Bob, who was…

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JUNE 5TH – FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Peace comes with forgiveness of self, your worth forgiveness, and self-love.-Joshua Bridges To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.-Lewis B Smedes What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are, and what we are will be the result of previous…

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS

Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early…

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Grief Runs Deep: Where Is the Hope?

Dr. Joseph Stowell says, “Even though your heart is breaking and tears are clouding your eyes and staining your cheeks, God does give us something worth trusting in tough times. And that’s Him, and Him alone.” When your heart is breaking, you can place your hope and trust in the Lord. “Be strong…

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SPREAD LOVE AND NOT HATE

I envy the fact that others have good night kisses and talk about their day with their children. I got sick, and someone decided I wasn’t good enough for my children. Maybe I wasn’t at that moment in time, but I got better, and I am good enough. I was always good enough;…

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Grief Is a Unique Experience

You may feel it is useless to talk about your grief because no one truly understands what you are going through. “You sometimes feel after an experience like this that you’re talking a foreign language,” says Dora, whose daughter died. “You feel like there’s no way anybody can know what you’re feeling. There…

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JUNE 3RD- FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“Good intentions are only good if doing good was the intention. To many times do people say they did something out of good intentions, but in reality it was to benefit themselves”-Joshua Bridges The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you…

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MR. ROGERS

As parents, we need to try to find the security within ourselves to accept the fact that children and parents won’t always like each other’s actions, that there will be times when parents and children won’t be able to be friends, and that there will be times of real anger in families. But…

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A WARPED MIND

The empty loneliness and confusion of a warped mind. That was damaged by years of self-destructing chaos, flooded with memories of a childhood not lived. Every day is a struggle. My mind fights the new way of life. It doesn’t understand why I don’t use the medication it’s so used to having. It…

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PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

Has grief impacted your body as well as your mind?“Physical problems can run the gamut,” says Dr. H. Norman Wright. “There can be stomachaches, headaches, anxiety, rapid pules, heaviness of the heart. It can affect your blood pressure. Sleep disturbances come as insomnia or sleeping ten, twelve, or fourteen hours a day. You…

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