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Create Your Own Motivation

When I was drinking, alcohol was obviously causing problems galore. Perhaps more troubling was how I used alcohol to cover real issues. It worked, sometimes. ...

Yes, You Can Travel for Work With a Mental Illness

The most invisible and stigmatized of all health issues are mental illnesses. It's fucked up, but disclosing a mental illness while looking for a job can impact your ...

Memories, Parts of Self, and Cohesive Identities

Memories, Parts of Self, and Cohesive Identities Recovering repressed memories is possible. Trauma is subjectively experienced. Flashbacks are real. Depression is physical. These are all ...

Will I Pass My Mental Illness to My Children?

Am I selfish for wanting to be a mother? Confronting the fear of passing mental illness to my children. I love children. Their laughter, their ...

Meditating With the Ocean in Cozumel

I’m in Cozumel. It’s my first time here. I’m lying on a towel in my black and white retro high waisted bikini–lathered in sunscreen, of ...

Relationship Red Flags: Are You Dating an Abuser?

Photo by Abdi Lopez on Unsplash So, you're in a relationship, and something feels off. You don't know what it is, but you have an ...

domestic violence

The Persuasive Mind Tricks of Abusers

The Persuasive Mind Tricks of an Abuser Isolation is the number one tool used by abusers. Isolation breeds desperation nurtured in an environment where an ...

The Truth About Sexual Assault

quick facts on sexual violence in the united states what is sexual violence? sexual violence is both physical and psychological, it encompasses violent and non-consensual ...

Yes, Things Get Worse Before Things Get Better

One thing about trauma in PTSD is that it starts to show itself when you're safe(r) than before. Our brains are working on overdrive trying ...

Relationship Red Flags: Are You Dating an Abuser?

Photo by Abdi Lopez on Unsplash So, you're in a relationship, and something feels off. You don't know what it is, but you have an ...

Lack of Resistance is Not Consent, It’s Assault

Photo by Jake Davies on Unsplash TW: Sexual assault Sexual assault and harassment boil down to a violation of one basic principle: consent. Consent can ...

Where to Get Help for Suicide or a Mental Health Crisis

EMERGENCY RESOURCES AND CRISIS CONTACTS This page contains resources and contacts for crisis intervention and support. The focus with the information here is to provide ...

addictions

Alcoholic and Spiraling Towards Bottom

As therapy was ending yesterday, I started crying a lot. It’s just, I’m trying so hard but I can’t change the way my brain thinks. ...

How To Practice Self-Compassion in 6 Steps

Photographer Giuseppe Milo Anyone can learn to be more compassionate towards themselves, here are 6 tips for how to practice self-compassion. I am the most ...

The Family and Medical Leave Act and Addiction Treatment

Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash The United States does not have a great health care system to help people with substance use disorders (SUD). At ...

Why I Didn’t Try To Lose Weight For My Wedding

The author on her wedding day. Courtesy of Adrian Herrera of Victor Herrera Photographers To take care of myself in the months preceding my wedding ...

How to Stay Sober on Vacation

Photo courtesy of Giuseppe Milo at http://www.pixael.com/en/shop Summer is here and the warmth radiating into the office window conjures up dreams of poolside lounge chairs ...

Willpower Doesn’t Keep Me Sober

I've gotten a significant amount of side eye from acquaintances who hear I quit drinking the day after a binge. They think either I have ...

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emergency contacts

Domestic Violence

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here

1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

200 languages (USA based)
TTY 1-800-787-3224
Online chat

hotline.org

1-866-879-6636 (USWOMEN)

International toll-free
pathwaystosafety.org

Suicide Prevention

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here

1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Connect with a local crisis center (USA based)
TTY 1-800-799-4889
Online chat
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

IMAlive

Virtual crisis center
imalive.org

International

Listings of suicide hotlines worldwide
suicide.org
Wiki listing

Young People

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here
 

1-866-331-9474

Help with dating abuse for teens (USA based)
Online chat
Text “LOVEIS” to 22522
loveisrespect.org

1-800-422-4453 (4-A-Child)

Child abuse hotline (USA based)
childhelp.org

1-866-488-7386

LGBTQ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention
Online chat
Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
thetrevorproject.org

Crisis Support

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here

Crisis Text Line

24/7 support
Text: “HOME” to 741741
crisistextline.org

1-800-273-8255

Crisis call center (USA based)
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
crisiscallcenter.org