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Mental Illness

Suicide Does Not “Pass the Pain”

⚠ CONTENT WARNING   This post contains potentially sensitive or triggering content. If you are currently struggling with your mental health or know someone who is, it may be advisable for you to bookmark this post and come back to it later.     “Suicide doesn’t take the pain away;…...

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Suicidal Ideations

⚠ CONTENT WARNING   This post contains potentially sensitive or triggering content. If you are currently struggling with your mental health or know someone who is, it may be advisable for you to bookmark this post and come back to it later.     I’ve been struggling with my mental…...

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My First Experience with the Crisis Text Line

At the beginning of February 2019, I lost my job because of my mental health (missing too many days of work). It triggered a severe depressive episode that hasn’t yet subsided. Not only do I feel like a failure, but I also feel useless and worthless. I can no longer…...

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How to Talk About Suicide

For Suicide Awareness Month, I thought I’d share what I learned having been taught elementary intervention for those contemplating suicide. Being trained to be a suicide alert helper showed me how to navigate a serious subject with candor. Here are a few important take-aways.     1. Know Your Resources…...

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Meet Ed

*Trigger warning (eating disorder, self-harm, suicidality)     I’d like to introduce you to someone. His name is Ed. Ed’s full name is Eating Disorder, but I don’t call him that. To me, he’s just Ed. Ed shows himself to people in many shapes and forms, but I’m going to…...

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4 Ways Travelling with Anxiety Prepared me for Life’s Transitions

Travelling is essentially navigating unfamiliar territory. So is life. With the summer months shortly coming to an end, I thought I would reflect on how many of the skills I used to look after my mental health while on holiday are also relevant to the upcoming transition back to school…...

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

What Is It? Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD, is defined by the DSM-5 as a pattern of angry or irritable mood, argumentative or defiant behavior, or vindictiveness lasting at least six months as evidenced by at least four of its known symptoms that are observed during interactions with at least…...

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