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Happy May!

“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale

May is a time for Spring, Flowers, Memorial Day Cookouts, and most importantly…

May is Mental Health Month!

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Art is one of my favorite ways to take care of my mental health!

May is time to get your wellness into gear.
well·ness
ˈwelnis/
noun 
  1. the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health.

Celebrating Mental Health means taking a proactive approach to wellness.

It means taking care of the most important person in the world:

 YOU.

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How will you take care of YOU this month? (And every month?)mental illness

Celebrating Mental Health, Gutless and Gratefully!

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Mental Health America is an amazing organization helping everyone celebrate Mental Health every month, and I couldn’t be prouder to be performing and presenting Gutless and Grateful as part of their annual conference next month!

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“For over 65 years, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.”
How can you get involved?
Use a hashtag!

#MentalIllnessFeelsLike

“This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is – Life with a Mental Illness – and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike.

May is Mental Health Month
Posting with the hashtag will allow people to speak up about their own experiences, to share their point of view with individuals who may be struggling to explain what they are going through—and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness. Sharing is the key to breaking down the discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and to show others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.”

I’m so proud to be supporting Mental Health this May, and #MentalIllnessFeelsLike can be made so much better when we share with the power of a hashtag!  

How a Hashtag Brings Us Together: Using Social Media to Share and Support

#lovemydetour

That’s why I encourage my “Detourists” to share the “detour” in their life that they’ve conquered, are struggling with, or haven’t even encountered yet with “#LoveMyDetour” this way, we know we’re not alone!

Mental Health America also has a great toolkit to get REALLY empowered with mental health this month! DOWNLOAD THE 2016 MENTAL HEALTH MONTH TOOLKIT!

Gutless & Grateful at Mental Health America

I’m also sharing #MentalIllnessFeelsLike at Mental Health America’s conference this year and I couldn’t be prouder.

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  • How does music heal when words can’t?
  • Why does sharing our story have the power to transform our experience?
  • How can we use creative expression to share our truth in a way that breeds compassion?
  • And what’s so funny about PTSD?

I discovered storytelling as a way to gain control over uncertain times, and ultimately to transform  obstacles into opportunities.  That’s why I’m psyched to present Gutless & Grateful at the MHA Annual Conference on June 7th to 9th in Alexandria, D.C.!  

Learn more about the conference here.  I’ll be presenting alongside amazing women like Kimberley Blaine,Suzy Favor Hamilton, Gayathri Ramprasad, Miss West Virginia Chelsea Malone, and Kelly Wallace!

Want more ways to get involved with Mental Health this month?

See www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may for more ideas.

Remember, take care of the light inside you, because no matter how dark life gets…

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You are RADIANT.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for taking care of YOUR mental health:

An Empowered Approach to Mental Health

I’m excited take Gutless & Grateful to the Mental Health America Conference in June,after touring college campuses across the country.

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With an empowered approach to mental health, anyone can be surprised by the strength of the human spirit.

You’re strong enough, no matter what.

Sometimes difficult times can take us on the most beautiful detour of our lives.  If you want to tell me how your twists and turns have shaped the incredible person you are today, send me a note.

What Does Mental Illness Feel Like For Me?

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PTSD can be rough. It’s something I still struggle with.  Read how PTSD affects me, even now, in my essay PTSD: THE ILLNESS I COULDN’T SEE.

Wish In A Bottle

Everything is easier when you know you’re not alone. That’s why I’m encouraging you to post #MentalIllnessFeelsLike on social media and share your story.

Sharing is healthy.  

What are you sharing this month?

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