What’s The Better Because Project about?

Anonymous
Anonymous
Aug 27, 2019 · 3 min read

The Better Because Project is providing hope through stories about how we’ve changed for the better because of what we’ve gone through with our mental health experiences.

The rainbow that follows the storm

Sharing stories helps us to continue making investments in ourselves, in an effort to improve our mental health. Most of us are very familiar with stories about the bad stuff: loss, stigma, discrimination, and pain. Some of us can get so caught up in stopping the bad stuff from happening that we don’t pause to think about how much better our lives are now than when we were at our lowest point.

These stories are universal, and they validate the efforts we put into our wellness.

The Better Because Project wants to encourage people to celebrate what’s wonderful in our lives, sometimes as a direct result of what we’ve been through — things that actively make our lives better because of the storms we’ve weathered.

We believe that by sharing universal stories of surmounting struggles with mental health, we can serve a role in supporting other people around the world in their journeys of betterment.

The Better Because Project is providing hope through stories about how we’ve changed for the better because of what we’ve gone through with our mental health experiences and about the growth and fulfillment that can come with these journeys.

Sharing stories helps us to continue making investments in ourselves, in an effort to be better because of those investments. Most of us are very familiar with stories about the bad stuff: loss, stigma, discrimination, and pain. Some of us can get so caught up in stopping the bad stuff from happening that we don’t pause to think about how much better our lives are now than when we were at our lowest point.

These stories are universal, and they validate the efforts we put into our wellness.

The Better Because Project wants to encourage people to celebrate what’s wonderful in our lives, sometimes as a direct result of what we’ve been through — things that actively make our lives better because of the storms we’ve weathered.

We believe that by sharing universal stories of surmounting struggles with mental health, we can serve a role in supporting other people around the world in their journeys of betterment.

“Better” doesn’t necessarily mean “well;” It just means… well, better.

Imagine your darkest days as a valley, and the path out of the valley as a steep mountainside. The entire climb up the steep terrain is a journey of “betterment.” In the journey up that mountain, each of us might be at different points along the way. It doesn’t matter if our journeys are different lengths, if we take different paths, or even whether we ever reach the top of the mountain.

No matter where we are in our mental health journey, we should all build in more time to pause and enjoy the view: turn around, look behind you, and appreciate how far you’ve come.

This project is an opportunity for us to celebrate our successes, provide hope and inspiration to one another, and recognize our achievements. Nothing is too small or too big to share here, and whatever you’ve been through, we want to hear how you survived it and what you’re celebrating today. You never know — what you have to share may just make a crucial difference in a reader’s life.

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