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Volunteering Aids Your Recovery From Mental Illness

Volunteering Aids Your Recovery From Mental Illness

Volunteering aids your recovery from mental illness in many ways. Here's how volunteering can get you through tough spots in mental illness recovery.

Volunteering aided my recovery from mental illness when I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bulimia in my early 20s. I volunteered for my local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter, and it soon became a great opportunity that helped me take back my life and even lead to an internship. Here are five ways that volunteering can aid mental illness recovery that I discovered during my time at NAMI.

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Could You Use the FMLA to Help Your Mental Illness Recovery?

Could You Use the FMLA to Help Your Mental Illness Recovery?

Applying for FMLA to aid your mental illness recovery can give you time off work beyond vacation and sick days. I applied for FMLA. Consider it for yourself.

Have you considered using the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to help your mental health recovery? Many people with mental illnesses are employed, but working with a mental illness can be challenging. Stress can cause symptoms to break through, and there may be times when you need time off. Would your supervisor be supportive? Could you apply for benefits under the FMLA to help your mental illness recovery?

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My Journey Into Motherhood with a Mental Illness

My Journey Into Motherhood with a Mental Illness

Motherhood with a mental illness requires pre-birth planning, working with all your doctors and considering the risks. Read my story of what happened with me.

Taking on motherhood with a mental illness makes starting a family difficult. I had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bulimia in my early 20s, 10 years prior to giving birth to our daughter (Mothering With an Invisible Mental Illness). My husband and I always wanted children so we decided to take a chance. Here’s our story of entering motherhood with mental illness.

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Mental Health Crisis Text Line Advantages

Mental Health Crisis Text Line Advantages

Mental health crisis text lines have advantages over phone conversations when you need to talk. Consider these three mental health crisis text line advantages.

There are three advantages to mental health crisis text lines. Recently, a mental health consumer organization in the greater Indianapolis area started a mental health crisis text line–the 13th such text line in the nation. Also, there is a national mental health crisis text line at 741741 (Suicide Chat Hotline Options). This made me think about three advantages to crisis text lines and how they help mental health consumers in crisis.

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Manage Self-Harm Urges with the Calm Harm App

Manage Self-Harm Urges with the Calm Harm App

You may be able to manage self-harm urges with the Calm Harm application, or app. Recently, a counselor shared this app with me. Calm Harm, a British app, is designed to help people of all ages deal with self-harm urges. It mainly does this by inviting the user to “ride the wave”–self-harm, the app says, is like a wave–strongest when you want to do it, and then weaker with time. The app then provides suggestions, a timer, and feedback on how you handle self-injury. It’s an interesting app for anyone, but I cannot recommend it strongly enough for someone who struggles with self-injury. Here is how you can manage self-harm urges using the app.

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How to Handle Toxic Facebook Friends

How to Handle Toxic Facebook Friends

Let’s face it–Facebook attracts some toxic people and you need to know how to handle toxic people on Facebook. Whether they’re posting belittling comments or mocking any honest, heartfelt post, they leave you feeling worse than before you read their comment. There are three major types of toxic people on Facebook, and the good news is there are ways to deal with people with issues. Here are the three toxic people on Facebook and how to handle them.

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Three Lessons Vital to Rape Survivors

Three Lessons Vital to Rape Survivors

There are three lessons vital to rape survivors. With convicted sex offender Brock Turner’s release from prison and Jared Fogle’s lawsuit blaming the victim’s parents for her “destructive behavior,” sexual assault has been in the media a lot lately. I, myself, am a sexual assault survivor whose attacker got off on a technicality. Part of my healing was writing a recently published Bible study for sexual assault survivors. There were three lessons I learned that are vital to rape survivors.

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Pokemon Go Taught Me About Mental Health Coping Skills

Pokemon Go Taught Me About Mental Health Coping Skills

Pokemon Go has taught me many things about mental health coping skills. Coping skills are vital to recovery–they’re the bricks and mortar of building a new foundation for your life (Coping Skills for Mental Health and Wellbeing). Coping skills vary by person, and one of mine is playing Pokemon Go (I have the weight loss, buff legs, and sunburn to prove it). Here is what Pokemon Go taught me about mental health coping skills.

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Pokemon Go Can Help Mental Illness Recovery

Pokemon Go Can Help Mental Illness Recovery

Pokemon Go can help with mental illness recovery. Unless you’ve been living under a Kabuto the past few weeks, you’re aware that Pokemon Go has gone viral (How a Video Game Gave Me My Life Back). But did you know Pokemon Go can help with mental illness recovery? Here are three ways Pokemon Go can help with mental illness recovery.

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The Therapeutic Value of Animals in Mental Health Recovery

The Therapeutic Value of Animals in Mental Health Recovery

Research has shown the therapeutic value of animals. We’ve all seen service animals, but did you know that some states recognize psychiatric service animals or therapy animals? Some states, like Florida, allow psychiatric service dogs. And my state, Indiana, allows therapy animals. What legal protection they have depends on the state you’re in, but it brings up the issue of the therapeutic value of animals.

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