Half of all mental health problems in adulthood begin before the age of 14.
Although we know that mental health problems can’t always be prevented, we need to ensure that from a young age, support is there when it’s needed.
Yet thousands of young people struggle to get the help they need.
The situation is urgent, it’s not getting better, and it’s got to change.
Join the Going to Be campaign today 👉 link in our bio.
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Throwback Carrie 💋 It’s been nearly a year since this babe left us. We miss you princess, thanks for all you did to shine light on the darkness.
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If you think lifting weights is dangerous, try being weak.
Awww...look at my Gracie pups face 🐶💜 I can’t believe we have had her for 2 years! To some people she is just a ‘DOG’!! To me and our family she has helped us so much. When we got Gracie I had suffered with crippling anxiety and depression for months.. I quit my job, my life and literally had a bit of a breakdown! I didn’t want to leave the house, I panicked all day every day in every situations. I struggled even talking to people I know, let alone strangers. From going to a shop, doing the school run, driving, going around a friends house. I hated life except my house, my ‘safe place’, the place I could hide from the world! I was having private counselling weekly and had support from my lovely friends and my amazing boyfriend . I had read having a dog can help people with Mental health! When I got this little pup...I felt like I HAD to go out, I HAD to walk her. Just going out everyday with her helped. There were times I cried because I didn’t want to go out, BUT having Gracie pushed me. From feeling lost in a world you don’t fit into, To going on lovely walks in the rain, wind or sunshine. I learnt to love meeting new people and meeting other dog owners. I found a whole new side of me and turned into a crazy dog lover! It has been the hardest journey ever these last few years on top of having Fibromyalgia and a neurological illness, but this crazy pup! She really isn’t just a ‘dog’, I love her so much 💜💜 and Freya 💜💜 If any of your friends of family are suffering with mental health please please be supportive. I know from experience anyone who hasn’t experienced it, it’s so hard to understand. I used to be one of them! Please don’t be ignorant or judgemental! It is an invisible illness. Be kind and support those that suffer! #superpup#pupstagram#love#life#happiness#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#happy#anxiety#depression#fibromyalgia#invisibleillness#support
Today is a special day.
Today is an important day.
Today marks 5 years after my darkest day. The one when I decided I wasn’t tough enough.
But the beauty of it is that I AM, and what’s most important is that the days keep coming.
On a day like today, I can’t help counting all of my blessings in the form of people, places, experiences, and things I’ve encountered in the last 5 years - the ones I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of knowing if my story ended like I had intended that day.
Like earning my degree and my master’s degree too. Like making friends who will be there for a lifetime, living in my own apartment for the first time, falling in love, moving across the country, countless holidays & celebrations, and meeting tiny new family members. Especially all the tiny things that add up to be BIG - like the movies on the couch, the cups of coffee with my family, the snuggles, the nights out, the hikes, the bike rides, the laughs, and everything in between. Like learning how to love and be gentle with myself (and trust me, I’m still learning, but aren’t we all??).
There have been good days and there have been bad. There have been amazing days and many that were just okay. And that’s okay too.
So, cheers - because life can be tough, but so are we 🌞 .
CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY 💥
IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! IT'S FINALLY HERE!
Today is THE DAY to sign up and commit to a total game changer in the fitness world!😎 "What is it Chels?!" Why thanks for asking. ❤
Think of pushing yourself harder then ever before and challenging your body to a new extreme. DROP⬇ that extra 10-15 you've been hauling around. I know I plan to 🙋🙊. The test group for this program begins January 15, 2018💣
Tell me, are YOU gonna be in it? Message me to find out more 💌. #GOODBYEMUFFINTOP#HELLOSIXPACK
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Youth drug use cuts across all ethnic, geographic, and social economic lines. Youth experience pressure to use alcohol and other drugs at increasingly early ages. It’s never too early to talk to your child about drugs. Sign them up for this seminar to equip them with the knowledge and skills to steer clear of alcohol and other drugs. #youthanddrugs#drugproofyourchildren#addiction#mentalhealthawareness
Just like any other illnesses, mental illnesses need to be looked after and cured (if possible). The more you see us a weirdo, the more you judge us when we try to share what’s going on, the more we will hide on our shell and think bad about ourselves. One of the things that could help us to get out of this mental illness is to reach out to others, to open up about our struggles and vulnerabilities. If you give us your ears to listen instead of showing your disrespectful look or throwing hurtful words, maybe you can save us from this severe sufferings. If only you could help us to accept the fact that we have this mental illness and convince us we are not less than who we are even without the illness, we believe we can rise from this struggle and find ways to be free from it. You even might want to convince us to see a psychologist or psychiatrist when you feel like you can only listen but cannot find and remove the roots of the issues.
We are inviting you to share your story with us, be it your struggle dealing with mental health issues or your experience treating people with mental health issues. Please DM us or share your story to: [email protected] Don’t think too much to share, your story can be an inspiration to others or can even help others’ lives. 🙏
A beautifully stated reminder that our littles also carry the stress that can come with this busy Season. Snuggle in and remember it's the season of love. We could all use a deep breath.
🏳️🌈 I have to talk about something... It’s an ongoing conversation in my head and feelings that evolve all the time. I’ve always been very annoyed by the boxes people would put me in; boxes they thought would fit me. People find comfort in boxes. I do too, sometimes. But I don’t want it to be that way. All these boxes and norms and expectations of how you should be and look is so tiring. It only ends up restricting ourselves and each other.
I finally feel like I have found a sort of comfort in my sexuality. I’m pansexual and I define it. It’s fluid and it’s mine. The same goes for my gender. I define what my gender identity is and for me, it’s also fluid. I will not say that I’m transgender. But I will finally say out loud what I have been thinking and feeling for so long: I don’t feel like a specific gender. I feel like nothing and everything in between and outside the two boxes of male and female. I don’t fit into either one of the biological sexes. My gender identity is fluid, which means it shifts and changes. I don’t know when or how often, it just happens. It doesn’t mean that I go from female to male; for me, it is much more a feeling. A feeling of just being, just expressing myself as I am and not being restricted to only two boxes. I can be what I want and that doesn’t mean female *OR* male. It just means being - without any restrictions. I hope that makes sense - if not, that’s okay. Everyone defines their sexuality and gender identity in their own way. There are no wrong way to do it. Feel free to ask me any questions if you want to. (Also, my pronouns are still she/her but also cool if you use they/them - til de danske: hen) ❤️ Ahh, now I can finally begin to fully breathe..
These two motivate me to be a better wife and mommy everyday. Mental health is vital to our well-being. In order to care for others, we must first take care of ourselves. Today I'm taking the first step, prioritizing my mental health by no longer allowing depression and anxiety to control me. It doesn't define me, but having the courage and strength to reach out for help does. I think it's time we start being transparent because someone reading this may need this encouraging reminder that wherever there is help, there is hope. #mentalhealthawareness
Because we all could use a little extra badassery going into 2018! Our Brave + Bold box is selling like hot cakes and we thought you might want one too. Order now and be surprised in January when it hits your doorstep!
What does gaining 10kgs really look like?
I think people get stuck wishing for a glamorous weight-gain transformation where muscle is gained rather than fat, and that the muscle miraculously appears in the form of a big firm booty. The truth is, gaining weight is tedious, uncomfortable and awkward - but so unbelievably worth it.
In the first photo I’d already gained almost 5kgs from my lowest weight. I was eating almost 1000 calories more than I had been, and my body was awkwardly storing new (and necessary) body fat as it adjusted to the extra food. I wasn’t allowed to exercise and I berated myself every day for being “skinny fat”.
In the middle photo my body had adjusted to almost 2,500 calories, but my mind hadn’t. I hated how I looked and was now dangerously over-exercising to feel better about gaining weight. I was training twice a day intensely, and my body was extremely stressed, held a lot of water and appeared “fluffy” - I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t gaining lean muscle. At this point, I was just about to start coaching with @nickcheadlefitness, and damn, did I need it.
Fast forward to now, where I’ve spent another couple of years gaining weight - this time with a lot more knowledge, patience and hard work. I’ve cut my exercise in half, am eating upwards to 2,500 calories a day, and both my body AND (more importantly) my mind are finally more at peace with my 10kgs of weight gain and responding positively.
This has taken me YEARS, I’ve made loads of mistakes and I’ve relapsed numerous times. I didn’t get to skip the awkward changes in my body, and I certainly haven’t gracefully transformed from skinny fat to shredded bodybuilder.
I’ve still got cellulite.
My body still holds water each time I increase my intake.
And I definitely gain extra body fat as I continue to gain weight.
But, I could be happier in the skin I’m in now, and I wish I could have just told myself in the first photo to hang in there, embrace the fluffy feelings, and just persevere toward the health and happiness awaiting me with the extra weight ✌🏻
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in my natural state, besides my half straightened bedhead 💀
My life always seems to be throwing me unfortunate curveballs so to say, and sometimes it really becomes too much for me to handle without feeling totally defeated. Life is all about how we choose to play the cards we were dealt. I haven’t been dealt the best cards to say the least, but I can say that although totally defeating at times, I am thankful for all of the hardships I’ve overcome because they’ve made me so incredibly strong and resilient. I’ve become so accustom to negative outcomes and things becoming worse that I’m always subconsciously prepared for it. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but it definitely cushions the fall. It also helps that I have a terribly cynical sense of humor that makes things easier to handle, haha.
No matter how disheartening the hardship, I never doubt that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for me. Without faith in a better tomorrow I don’t think I’d be able to survive everything thrown at me on top of my anxiety & depression already weighing me down. I feel so truly blessed to have never felt the need to turn to any substances to numb my pain or take my mind off of things. It shows me that not everyone is the same and with the right amount of will power you can do anything you set your mind to.
I just turned 25 a few days ago & I’ve never had a drink, or smoked a cigarette, weed, taken pills, etc. I’ve remained completely “straight-edge” through unspeakable things and for that I’m forever proud of myself. Unfortunately my sisters went down the opposite road, showing me both sides of what an “unfortunate” life can lead to. I know they are meant for much more, and I always keep them in my heart. Just because you make a few “wrong” choices does not mean you can’t learn from them and do better. WE ALL make mistakes. Luckily life is full of second chances, every new day is another chance to start over. Your past doesn’t have to be your future. #3amthoughts#keepingitreal#mentalhealthawareness
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Please Read // "Not All Wounds Are Visible" is on the blog. When people are dealing with depression, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, suicidal, and lost; those issues are often not apparent to the eye. That's why I titled this post, not all wounds are visible. If you or you know someone suffering with depression, fear, anxiety, or any other mental health issues, don't be afraid to reach out and just listen, check in on them, offer love, support, and most importantly, offer suggestions to counselors and professionals who can truly help and support your friend or loved one. There's no shame in needing help and you should never feel bad about who you are, where you are in life, and the issues that you are dealing with. Remember that you're life has meaning, you matter, and that you were created for a purpose. (P.S. The bruises are just makeup!) 🖤 #MentalHealthAwareness
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New on the blog: How getting @wonderful_rue changed my mental health. Find the link in my bio ✨ Photography by my ever amazing lady @alex_cameron ✨