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Mental Note Vol. 17

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Hi everyone! Happy Thursday! Here was our winner for Poetry Wednesday:

“Falling — A Poem About Fears” Doreen Barker

“No lights to guide my way,
Down into the emptiness I fall.
No shine of the sun by day,
Because there is no love to answer my call.”

And here are nine of our standout pieces from the week. Thank you all for the great work! As Medium doesn’t have curation topics anymore, we’re just listing nine of our curated pieces in the last week:

“Therapy Is Surgery For the Mind And Soul”Kelsie Ferguson

“I hope that if any of what I discussed resonated with you, you will consider going to therapy if necessary. We are so willing to accept surgery for the body when we need it but so hesitant to accept surgery for our minds. Our minds go through a lot for us. Let’s be grateful for all they do for us by taking care of them and getting the help we need to do so when necessary.”

“My Wedding Was Also a Celebration of My Recovery” Ivy Staker

“Whatever it is, ritual marking of milestones can be a powerful way to recognize our recovery efforts and help us fully inhabit our new identities. For me, it felt like an incredible act of self-compassion. Typically critical of myself, my wedding ceremony was an opportunity to express a deep appreciation of all I’d accomplished in my mental health journey and stand fully in my new identity, not as a woman who’s struggling, but as a woman who has overcome.”

“Why Elite Colleges Were Bad for my Mental Health” Sarah Myers

“If you are struggling with mental illness and are going to college, know that you are not a failure if you don’t go your expected route of prestige. It is time to break the myth that the people at the ‘top’ are the ONLY people that matter, and that worth and talent exist at every ‘tier’ of the ‘totem pole.’”

“The Exposure Therapy of Being Seen” KylaB

“For when you are seen, truly seen, and then you are also accepted, that nugget of reward very well may trounce years of doubt and dissatisfaction. Though even with that, it will still take practice to remain yourself. In each life change when I face new people, the process begins anew. I fight myself to be myself. I don’t know if it will eventually become less fraught; I hope so. In the meantime, I join my support groups and keep strengthening my inner circle.”

“I Deserve Help. I Don’t Deserve To Be Pathologized” Vena Moore

“Suggesting that Black people request a Black therapist is daunting given that only 5% of all mental health providers are Black while we make up 12% of the population. In contrast, 83% of mental health practitioners are white. Also, practicing self-care such as journaling, taking bubble baths and the like can seem self-indulgent or impractical to many of us. When we have pressing concerns such as scrounging up money to pay rent or finding ways to make a limited food budget stretch, taking a few minutes out of our day to meditate can be a luxury we can’t afford.”

“Living Without Human Touch in a COVID-19 World”Conrad Joseph Camit

“However, there is hope that over time humans will overcome the stress and anxiety that comes along with social distancing. Humans have been very resilient and history tells us that we will eventually learn to adapt to a new level of intimacy. In this post COVID-19 world, I have faith that people will come to learn a new way of connection with each other and novel ways to experience joy and comfort while continuing to keep each other safe.”

“The Truth About Living With OCD” Tracey Folly

“I still have obsessive-compulsive thoughts today. Before leaving the house, I check the stovetop to ensure all four burners are off. “Off. Off. Off,” I announce aloud to no one in particular. “The burners are off. The stove is off.” It’s my hope that saying it out loud might convince me that the knobs are truly in the off position.”

“The Dark Force Behind Workaholism” Sarah K Brandis

“If you identify as a workaholic, an overachiever, or somebody who keeps a little too busy, then I hope that this helps you to pause and consider a change of pace. It is better to choose that pause, rather than to have it forced upon you, if you can possibly help it.”

“How I Transformed My Mental Health In 12 Months” Matt Lillywhite

“If you want to improve your mental health, you need to look at your thoughts and habits. Although you cannot change the past, you can certainly change your actions in the present moment to improve your future.”

Ryan, Marie, Juliette, and Meredith!

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