All posts tagged: depression

#Fearless Family: Navigating Alcoholism’s Aftermath

By Alexa M. #Fearless Family Writer I am 26 years old, and a full blown millennial. I shared my wedding pictures on Facebook the day I got them, my snapchat is approximately 99% my dog and 1% my anxiety attacks, and I wanted Bernie Sanders to win the election. Part of the territory of being my age (and any age after me, really) is having friends discuss their longing to return back to the “good ol’ days”. You know, the days when their biggest worry was finishing their math homework, or whether that birthday invite was coming in the mail. Not working 40 hours a week or trying to pay the bills on time. After all, “adulting” is hard. But I can’t identify with that. Despite my mortgage, car insurance and student loan payments, I would never wish to go back to my childhood. You see, I’m an adult child of alcoholics. Both of my parents are alcoholic/addicts, and even though they are in recovery now, the events of my childhood still affect me to …

#Fearless Family: There’s Always Light In The Dark

The following post contains content that could be triggering to those currently struggling with self harm and/or depression. If you ever in crisis or need hope in a time of darkness, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US) or, for those not in the states, to a Suicide Hotline in the UK. By Ches Powell #Fearless Family Writer It’s easy to say I have an addictive personality. As well as an expressive one. For me it’s natural to slip into dangerous patterns of behaviour. Follow the loop round from a trigger to a full blown breakdown. That’s how I lost six months of my life that I will never get back. It was September. There were leaves still on the trees, although they were starting to fall by then. I was obsessed with some song that I’ve forgotten the name of now. It was one of those songs that pretty much sucked except that one line you really identify with. I don’t even remember the line now, but I remember singing it to myself …

#Fearless But Still, I Rise MHAM Shirts On Sale Now!

It’s finally here, May 1st. That means it’s officially Mental Health Awareness Month, and the But Still, I Rise t-shirts are officially on sale! I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited about this fundraiser, so if you missed the details in my Mental Health Awareness Month announcement article, here’s what you need to know: The t-shirts are being sold through TeeSpring, and will be available for purchase May 1-May 31 at 11:59 p.m. MST.  You can order them by clicking here! We are selling t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and mugs, all of which will have the beautiful design (created by Allie Dearie) on them. 75% of your purchase will go directly to The Trevor Project, an organization that focuses on crisis intervention and suicide prevention in LGBTQ+ teens. The other 25% will go to helping maintain #Fearless (such as keeping our domain, purchasing a stock photo subscription, or something else that helps keep our site working wonderfully!). Because we know that price is everything, we made sure to price our items in a way …

Mental Health Awareness Month: How #Fearless Is Getting Involved!

A year ago, my old site, You, Me & Emetophobia, did it’s very first Mental Health Awareness Fundraiser. I sold arm knit scarves in a variety of colors, and the entire purchase went directly to two charities that I had selected. Last year we raised $220 for charity, and I was blown away by the response the scarves received. That was really the only major MHAM event that You, Me & Emetophobia did, and in hindsight I wish I had done so much more. So, this year, #Fearless is taking it to an entirely new level, and making MHAM a big, month long event for the #Fearless community! Beginning May 1, #Fearless will be transitioning into a mental health megaphone, and we’re pretty excited about it. Here is a list of all the wonderful things we have planned for the month of May that we can’t wait for you to get involved in: T-Shirt Fundraiser. This May, instead of trying to convince people that a arm knit scarf is a perfect for them, despite it …

#Fearless Family: Overcoming Self Harm

The following post could be triggering to those currently struggling with self harm and/or depression. If you ever in crisis or need hope in a time of darkness, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US) or, for those not in the states, to a Suicide Hotline in the UK. By Amanda Grace #Fearless Family Writer This is the first time I ever wrote about this, so bear with me. I never imagined that one day I’d make a conscious choice to intentionally hurt myself. Yet, almost 9 years ago, at age 30, I found myself doing just that. It was confusing; what was I doing? What had I done? How did this happen? How did I let it? One of the phrases that I cannot get out of my mind is, “I know better!!”. I’m a Social Worker, a Christian, a mentor; I’ve written safety contracts with children and here I was acting as if none of that mattered. It was and still is beyond frustrating. Since that first time, I have learned so …

ASMR: What It Is & How It Helps

When I tell you I really love ASMR, I’m not joking. In fact, as I sit here writing this article I’m listening to Heather Feather’s ASMR Ear, Nose and Throat Examination. It’s probably one of my favorite videos she does (thanks to the ear cupping and whispers), and I figured it would help me better explain the ASMR experience if it was happening while I wrote it. Also, I’m listening because, like I said, I really love listening to ASMR and can’t go a day without it. Well, that’s an exaggeration. I can go a day without ASMR, but I choose not too. I CAN QUIT ANYTIME I WANT, OKAY? If you know what ASMR is, and you’ve experienced it, you likely share a similar, but less extreme, view on watching and listening to the videos. It’s become a part of your routine to help you sleep, unwind, relax, or combat anxiety on a fairly regular basis. If you don’t know what ASMR is, and you’ve never experienced it, you’re probably wondering what it is and what it …

Dear Diary: Who Are you?

Who are you? Think really hard about this question before you answer. I’m not asking about your name or where you are from. I don’t want to know what you do for a living, or where you went to college. And the answer isn’t how many kids you have, or whether or not you’re a vegan or bacon fanatic. No, I want to know who you are. Are you a dreamer? A realist? A traveler? A hopeless romantic?

We Are Fearless: How To Turn Your Day Around

By Jen of The Wishing Well #Fearless Family Writer Have your emotions ever blindsided you, or taken a nosedive without warning? Mine sure have. A year and a half ago, I checked into partial hospitalization program for major depression and anxiety. Before this program, I thought I could never predict when an episode would strike. I was wrong. There, I learned that we do have chances to catch episodes before they start. These chances are called Early Warning Signs.