One month ago today, my partner Rich and I stood under a big tent during the loveliest late-summer rain storm and did a really wonderful thing: We got married.
Our wedding was beautiful and special and fun and silly — all the things we had hoped it would be during the months of planning. We stood under the alter in front of our friends and family, and I promised all the typical things you promise in your wedding vows — to love him and support him and take care of him when he’s sick, etc.
But there was one thing I added that wasn’t so typical: that I would take care of myself and my mental health, too.
Have you heard about Active Minds at UCLA‘s iSupport Bracelet Campaign? Chapter members made and sold friendship bracelets to show love, support and awareness of mental health conditions.
Each bracelet is created with special colors to bring awareness to a different mental health conditions. Students can request and receive a custom-made bracelet supporting a specific condition (or multiple conditions). For example, for students requesting bracelets in support of substance abuse awareness, the chapter members create a bracelet primarily in the color red, the official color for substance abuse awareness.
By selling these bracelets on campus, Active Minds at UCLA is educating its community about mental health and raising funds at the same time — surpassing its fundraising goal of $1,000.Continue Reading
Is Your New Year Resolution Hurting Your Mental Health?
About 50 percent of people make New Year resolutions every year, but almost 90 percent will fail. Some say that setting ourselves up for this annual failure means our mental health suffers, as we feel discouraged about our inability to lose weight, be healthier or improve jobs or relationships.
Men oftentimes don’t recognize symptoms, try to tough out difficulties for fear of the social stigma, and hide their feelings, which can lead to disastrous outcomes including drug abuse and a higher rate of death by suicide.
Welcome to the Winter 2014 Stress Less Week blog series! Learn more about how to host a Stress Less event on your campus.
You’re a mental health advocate. That’s a tough job with a lot of responsibilities. When you “come out,” so-to-speak, as someone who struggles with mental illness or advocates on behalf of those who do, you open yourself up to the very likely possibility that other people will want to talk to you about their own struggles.
On one hand, that’s a really beautiful thing. It speaks volumes to the importance of story-telling and bearing our truths so that others may also come forward.
But there’s a downside to being so open and accessible about these very tough issues. You have to know and accept your limits as a person. And I struggled for a long time before I finally realized that.