Month: March 2014

Featured Advocate: Anonymous from A Listening Ear 4/6 Page no longer exists

Image Anonymous Says: At first glance I’m your average person, no one can normally see what lies behind my smile but behind it is a whole different story. I’ve had a lot happen to me in my short 20 years, I have had to grow up too quick and endure the darkest corners of life which made me the person I am today. I am unsure of what i suffer from, I do not wish to find out as i have already discovered my own way to overcome the demon that is preventing me from letting go and being happy. Simply helping others and being the reason why someone smiled today is enough to keep me going and that is why I created my page @A Listening Ear. To help just one person through a tough day would be amazing. I help myself by helping others and the fact that helping others makes me feel this way proves to me that my soul has been untouched by the demons. Only my mind.

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A Listening Ear 

If you have a problem/worry that you want to talk about, no matter how big or small, a listening ear is here for you. Non-judgmental and confidential.
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To help at least one person through a tough day would be amazing. I can not offer professional advice but i can be there for you when all you want is a friendly non-judgmental chat.

Featured Advocate: Becca Moore From Moorestorms 4/5 Page no longer exists

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Becca MooreI am a mental health advocate because I cope with Bipolar Disorder myself, my husband has bipolar and so does my 11 year old daughter. I also run the page Moorestorms and a small group called Moorestorms Bipolar Parenting. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 33 years old. Although I lived my entire life with mood swings, it was not until then that the doctors’ got it right. Before then I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, which made sense because I only sought help when I was depressed. Since my diagnosis, I made it my mission to reach out to others’ who are coping with bipolar and depression.

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I authored and published four books named, “Moorestorms A Guide for the Bipolar Parent”, “Moorestorms Bipolar Warning Signs”, “Moorestorms The Storms of a Bipolar Marriage” and “Moorestorms The Storms of a Bipolar Teen”. I am co-chair for the Consumer Advisory Council for the International Bipolar Foundation and I also run my own support group here locally.

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Featured Advocate: Mariah from A Room without Walls 4/3

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ImageMariah Middleton-Rackliff -I am an advocate for Mental Health because I am a person with bipolar I disorder, among some other diagnosis. I have an 18 year old daughter with Asperger’s and dysthymia, and my son, at eight, is on the spectrum. I have spent most of my life working with children to help them access the services they and their family needs. I became unable to work a little over two years ago, and have since been offering my help to families who struggle to get the services they need. I have recently been helping families with college applications, financial aid, and vocational rehab.
I recently published my first novel, a memoir, “A Room Without Walls.” I am hoping to reach others with mental illness so they are able to relate and are reassured that they are not alone in their struggles. Writing this was a healing journey for me, and I hope that others find it therapeutic while reading it.
My life has been spent fighting for those who need it most. I also strongly advocate to reduce the stigma, because we are people first, not our illnesses.

A Room without Walls: Author Mariah Middleton-Rackliff

I am the author of the recently published memoir, “A Room Without Walls.”
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I am a new author, although I’ve been writing since I was 13 years old. I have recently decided to publish my memoir, “A Room without Walls.” I have two other books in the works, and a book of poetry that I hope to co-author with my very talented niece. I am a full-time student at Southern New Hampshire University, where I am working towards my Master’s Degree in English Literature/Creative Writing. Writing is therapeutic for me and has proved time and time again to be an useful tool to keep myself somewhat sane.

Featured Advocate: Denise from Step by Step Counselling MBACP – Registered 4/2

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ImageDenise: I am an advocate as I have experienced several cycles of depression over the last 30 years and have first hand experience of the profound effect to me personally, my family, friends and the impact this had in the work place by trying to hide my illness . 6 years ago it felt the right time to give back to others and use my past to help others. I trained as a counsellor and am very passionate about raising awareness and tackling the stigma that people often come up against. I started my face book page last April and Would love to be able to reach many more people.

Step by Step Counselling MBACP – Registered

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I am a fully qualified counselor and a member of British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In my spare time I am a volunteer for CRUSE Bereavement Care.
I work in an integrative way, using Person-Centred counseling as my core approach. I am based in Lincolnshire and my work with clients take me into their own homes. Please contact me by email, direct messaging or telephone to discuss one to one sessions in more detail.

My relevant Qualifications and CPD Training……..

NOCN Counseling Skills
CPCAB Certificate in Counseling Skills
CPCAB Certificate in Counseling Studies
Higher Professional Diploma in Counselng
Rickter Scale Practitioner Training
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Foundations in Bereavement Care
Mental Health Awareness
Understanding Dementia
Managing & Handling Stress at Work
Death of a Child
Importance of Supervision
Death in the Services (Military) Training
Safeguarding
Introduction to NLP
NLP Level 1

Why counseling?

As human beings we are all unique and have individual needs. There are times when we may feel overwhelmed by life, especially in today’s society and financial uncertainty. When our mental health is in good shape it is much easier to cope with the demands of everyday life. Imagine the mind and body as a sponge, it can only absorb so much before it is overwhelmed , unable to absorb any more before it starts to leak and breakdown.
Life can affect our mental health in much the same way and it is at times like this that we need support from someone else to help us mop up and get mind and body into better working order.

The first step in asking for help is the hardest. I aim to work with you ‘step by step’ on the road to recovery however short or long your road may be.

Featured Advocate: Jennifer Moyer from Mental Health Advocate Jennifer Moyer 4/1

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ImageJennifer Moyer’s mission is to bring hope and inspiration to individuals and families facing mental health challenges. She overcame postpartum psychosis. She is a writer and speaker on mental health issues striving to increase the awareness, education, prevention and treatment of postpartum psychosis and other mental health issues related to childbearing as well as mental health, in general.

Mental Health Advocate Jennifer Moyer

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Jennifer’s mission is to bring hope and inspiration to individuals and families facing mental health issues. She overcame postpartum psychosis and is now a Mental Health Advocate, Writer & Speaker on Mental Health Issues.

The information on this page is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition. Please consult with your healthcare provider for individual advice regarding your own situation.

Featured Advocate: BillieMarie from Our Strength in Our Weakness : Invisible Illness Prayer and Support 3/31

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ImageBillieMarie advocates because many sufferers with Invisible Illnesses suffer from depression, anxiety due to the chronic pain, the missing out on events, loss of friends because we often have to cancel plans, or can no longer make plans in advance. Also, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, etc… are mental illnesses, that are also classified as Invisible Illnesses. We want to take away the stigma, let people know that they are not alone, raise awareness, encourage and support them and pray for those who are in need.

Strength in Our Weakness: Invisible Illness Prayer and Support Page

ImageWe are sufferers of Invisible Illness(es), and we want to offer prayer and support to others who are suffering.
Here is a list of some of the most common, but not all, Invisible Illnesses:
ADD/ADHD, Allergies/Food Intolerances, Arthritis, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Back Pain (herniated discs, Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, Spondylolisthesis ), Breathing Disorders (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Asthma, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, and Emphysema) Cancer, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Cystic Fibrosis, Dysautonomia, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders (IBS, Colitis, Celiac etc.), Eating Disorders, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome EDS & HyperMobility Syndrome, GHS, Headaches/Migraines, Heart Conditions/Heart Disease (Kawasaki Disease), Hyperacusis/Misophonia (extreme sensitivity to external sound and/or decreased tolerance for sound), Infertility, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Mental Illnesses (OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Manic Depression,etc…),Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD), Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological Diseases, Peripheral Neuropathy, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Rare Illnesses,Sarcoidosis, Scoliosis, Sensory Processing Disorder, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Thyroid Disorders and Vasculitis (also known as Angiitis and Arteritis).
Here are some Bible verses that have brought us comfort: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2Corinthians 12:9 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him’ and he helps me.” Psalm 28:7 We hope that you will also find comfort in these verses.
***We welcome prayer requests, prayers for one another, encouragement and support for all of the members of this group. Have a pain free, blessed day! 🙂
***Pictures that are created by our page, state that they are created for our page, and they are permitted to be shared. We do share photos from other pages, that are informative, encouraging, funny, etc… , but we make sure that their page name is shown with it (when available). Thank you!
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Featured Advocate: Michelle from Bipolar Blonde Butterfly 3/30

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ImageMichelle: I am bipolar and I also work with special needs children. I have watched them grow up and struggle with addictions and homelessness. My son is addicted to spice (k2) and steals and lies to get it. He says he’s so depressed he wants to smoke until he dies. They need help. My son will not get help and says he is not “crazy like I am.”

I finally got help for myself a few years ago and was diagnosed with bipolar 1. The meds have saved my life. I wish accessing mental health care would be a reality for everyone. I am still able to work, almost 40 years old. But I still have days when I don’t want to get out of bed. I think everyone hates me and I am not good enough. My husband doesn’t pay attention to me. Last year when I was on topamax, I had an affair. I am back home with my husband now and we are trying to work it out. But maybe he is lying and is only having me hear because I’m mentally unstable.

I am willing to do my part to help end the stigma and support people who need help.

Bipolar Blonde Butterfly

My place…here it is.
Biography

I am a teacher and a writer.

Featured Advocate: Chrissie from The Bipolar Express 3/29

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ImageChrissie- I myself suffer from Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, etc. This illness affects my life greatly every single day. I started The Bipolar Express to reach out to others with this illness so that they know they are not alone. There are many others going through the same feelings, the same experiences that I have. I am not a counselor or in the medical profession at all. But, I do have this very real illness and I can share my life experiences with others to help them on their own journey to recovery. I have also been working on a website that is not quite ready yet, but it will mirror the same issues as The Bipolar Express.

The Bipolar Express

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Well, basically I started this page just for me. I have Bipolar 2 Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. I was diagnosed 15+ years ago. I always knew even early in life that I was different, sadness always overwhelmed me even before my teenage years. I spent most of my 20’s self medicating with alcohol and even after I was diagnosed I refused to accept that and kept drinking. When I was 33 I became pregnant with my first son and I stopped the drinking immediately and haven’t gone that direction again. After I had my son, I had post partum psychosis and thank god I recognized that something was wrong. I then finally accepted it and began taking my meds religiously and haven’t turned back. Along with being medicated, I attend therapy on a regular basis. I have certainly had my ups and downs. I now have 2 young boys that make my days more worth living and I have an amazing supportive man in my life. So, this page is for whatever information or inspiration I can give to anyone fighting this horrible disease. If anyone ever feels that they need to talk, please inbox me. I know what it feels like to feel alone and scared. Just keep the faith and know you are NOT alone. I am not a therapist, counselor or any type of medical professional. But I am genuine and I do care. I can listen and I can give you my opinion based on my experiences. If you need help and don’t know where to go, contact me and I will help you find a place. If you need to talk to a professional but don’t want to go out, I can help you there also. If you are suicidal, GET HELP NOW!! Do not wait. Call 911. Please everyone, feel free to post, comment and share anything from this page!!
General Information

Originally, this page was to increase awareness and help end the stigma of mental illness. It has become much more. It is about All Mental Illnesses, being Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, BPD, and a numerous amount of other things. It is about Abuse and Prevention. It is about Suicide and Self Harm. It is about knowing that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! Disclaimer: I do not claim the ownership or rights to any photo or link on this page.

Featured Advocate: Sarah Fox from Hope Survives 3/28

ImageImageSarah Fox-I am a mental Health Advocate because I want to promote awareness and advocate on issues that I am recovering from. I believe in the Helper’s principle: the notion that helping other facilitate’s one’s own recovery. Peer Support is a two-way process. I also believe in the peer principle: the policy in peer-run program(s) that relationships are based on shared experiences and values. A peer relationship implies equality, along with mutual acceptance and mutual respect. It is my experience that Hope survives. It is my desire to affirm and inspire hope. Hope survives hopes to offer resources that inspire hope. Hope Survives SAFEly desires to offer resources and peer support. Hope Survives SAFEly promotes and advocates for self-injury awareness. Hope Survives

Hope Survives!Hope survives when all else dies hope can still be found. Recovery is possible.
Keeping Hope Alive!
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Featured Advocate: Regina from Unbreakable Through my Storms 3/27

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ImageRegina: I am a mental health advocate because I myself suffer from mental heath issues and I love helping and encouraging others with my story. I don’t feel that I am going through all of this not to tell my story with others. Helping others helps me, its what I do and is my passion.

Unbreakable Through my Storms

I created this page to help others with mental health and to spread awareness on Suicide prevention. This page is my testimony and reflects daily battles.
I created this page to help others, and express my daily feelings with battling with bipolar, anxiety and depression. This is my testimony and everything that I write is true and relates to my life. I hope this page helps you in some small way. My goal is to reach the world and to tell others they are not alone. I am Christian and God is a big part of my life, he helps me in my daily battle with mental health problems and is my strength. I don’t judge others for their beliefs and I don’t force my religion on anyone so everyone is welcome to be apart of this page.
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