You know that quote “It takes a village to raise a child”? I’ve been thinking about my own journey lately and how for me, it takes a community to help my inner child find her way back home.
Earlier today, I had my friend Kelly take photos of me doing tree pose after lunch because I was excited to show her my progress, and also, I was excited to visually see my progress myself as I have been practicing more yoga these days!
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s a powerful time to connect about a topic that continues to affect so many and face so much stigma. It can also be a trigger.
I think it’s easy for many people to look at Demi Lovato right now, who sadly is in the hospital right now due to an alleged overdose (and is thankfully reported stable), and think, “Oh, just another celebrity.” It’s easy for people to not take this seriously because they see this celebrity who, in their eyes, is far-removed and not relatable. Reality shows a different side though, because in 2014, about 21.5 million Americans ages 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder.
This week, the first week of October, is BFRB Awareness Week. BFRB Awareness Week, which was created by The TLC Foundation for BFRB’s, is all about spreading awareness about Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, such as cheek biting, hair pulling, nail biting and skin picking. I interviewed people in the online mental health community who struggle with all different types of BFRB’s, and then compiled a list of my findings – including ways in which the public can help support us and advice to those with similar struggles.
At some point in our lives, we may struggle with suicidal thoughts.