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”Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose”-Coach Taylor. Love my job, the new life I am creating, and feeling free. Free from so much and so, so grateful to everyone that got me here. I may do some things solo, but I am never alone. Here is to paying that back. #grateful❤️ #suicideprevention #postpartumawareness #thisismybrave #elizabeth #bethechangeyouwanttosee #lovemypath


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“My biggest hope for people watching therapy sessions on TV is that it feels less scary. I always hope that people will see it and be like, ‘Oh, I could do that,’ or, ‘Oh, that person is talking about something that I can relate to. Maybe I should try this experience, too.’” ⁠
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Being a therapist on a reality TV show was not something I had ever really considered until the opportunity presented itself. After thinking it through, I realized that it aligned with my goal of reducing stigma around mental health, especially among people of color, and that it could be a powerful platform to show what therapy really is like. Reality TV isn't "bad" - it's what people are watching! And it has allowed millions of viewers to see that therapy is a normal activity for people, and it doesn't have to just be in a crisis. ⁠
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I encourage you to take a few minutes when you can to check out the amazing article Sarah Burton and Lindsay Holmes wrote on this topic, and make sure you don't miss the video at the top! Let me know your thoughts about reality tv and mental health in the comments below. ⁠


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You may hit some bumps along the way, but keep. going. 🛣


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Anxiety & I 📽 by Blake Skuse -
Nathan suffers from a mental illness that he tries to fight off everyday: anxiety.
Get your tickets in our bio to check out this film as part of our #ThisIsMyBrave Film Festival this October 6 in Melb & Perth 🙌🏻 #breakthestigma


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What’s on your to-do list? 📝


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”When we deny ourselves the ability to feel pain for a purpose, we deny ourselves the ability to feel any purpose in our life at all”- Mark Manson. Without a doubt this is questionable. And as a human, I would like to avoid pain if I can. But it has, at certain times in my life, been my epic catalyst for change. I am so beyond happy in my new job I pinch myself for being allowed to do it. It is so full and rewarding. I am blessed with the people I am meeting. I was led to this job through my pain. And, as the ever-annoying gratitude monster, I can see the lessons and the plan. I am grateful because it brought me here. Way to go life lessons... points taken. Also, this book is EPIC. As someone who always has hope, I was nervous it would kill my belief. Luckily it has reminded me why I can never give up hope. And I never will. Things are temporary, always changing, and there are some damn amazing people in this world. Lucky I get to meet some of them:) I also hope my computer fixed itself:) Fingers crossed! #grateful❤️ #suicideprevention #postpartumawarenesa #hopefordays #lovemyjob #thisismybrave


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Happy (almost) Birthday to ME!!!! Help me celebrate by joining in the national conversation about mental health by donating to THIS IS BRAVE--bringing stories out of the shadows and into the spotlight. My link is in the comments. #thisismybrave @thisismybrave #storytellingsaveslives #stopthestigma


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We are so glad you’re still here today. 💙 Watch @polarized_goosemom’s full performance in the link in our bio.


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♡You have purpose!
♡You are loved!
♡You are needed!

Dont give up! You are loved--by God and by others!!! You are #NotAlone . We are #BetterTogether 💞

If you or someone you know needs support, please call the National suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.

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Chloe Rubenstein and Selena Gomez at McLean Hospital Annual Dinner. Our stories are important and need to be told. #deconstructingstigma#womensmentalhealth#thisismybrave


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Recovery means growing and improving yourself every. single. day.


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Next Wednesday, September 25th, join me at our @therapyisnotadirtyword Q&A Happy Hour in Los Angeles, CA. Part panel discussion, part mid-week happy hour and 100% fun and informative.⁠

I'm hosting this event, in partnership with @kindredspacela and @ayana_therapy, which is designed to give people a chance to tap into the wisdom of local experts and get to know real psychotherapists outside of their offices. It’s a chance to see that mental health professionals are not intimidating and that it actually feels good to talk about what’s real in our lives.⁠

If you're in LA September 25th, come join the discussion! We'll be having lots of fun together! You can find more information and buy your ticket in the #linkinbio - see you there!⁠



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James is Grandiose 📽 by James Hartley -
An autobiographical short film about James Hartley’s attempt to make a feature film and instead making a film about his mental illness.

Looking for an early afternoon film at #ThisIsMyBrave? You've found it 🙌🏻 Get your tickets via the link in our bio for Melb & Perth #BreakTheStigma


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Are you following @therapyisnotadirtyword? It's where you can be the first to find out about all of our Therapy is Not a Dirty Word upcoming events and workshops! 🎉 It's also a great place to learn more about our therapists and what we do at my private practice, Group Therapy Associates. 🛋️ So if you aren't already following them, head over to their page and check it out! And, find this post in my clickable feed (#linkinbio) to be taken to the Therapy is Not a Dirty Word Website and sign up for "The List" to get notified about new events. ⁠



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There is so much to your story. Take your time in sharing it. | 🎨: @kaha.mind


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don’t hesitate to reach out for help. anytime. 💙 [24/7 lines: @800273talk, @crisistextline]


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Gentle Mentals 📽 by Veronica Padilla -
“We created these relatable animals with issues to lighten this heavy conversation... If we can smile and speak more openly about something that touches so many, we’d all be better for it.”
Get your tickets to the #ThisIsMyBrave Film Festival for October 6! 🎟🎟🎟 #linkinbio


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I have spent the better part of today thinking about timing and falling through cracks. I honestly cannot believe my luck that I got to meet a doctor last night that is actively studying perinatal disorders. When I was pregnant I was telling my doctor's irrational fears I had and what was going through my head. I just landed in all the wrong hands. I know life has its own plan and all that but many things could have been different. Most importantly my relationship with Philly. As I am immersing myself in all this work to discuss these issues openly, I am also studying this issue. I have cried, been so angry, and let down by the what if’s. While I know they do no good, how can I not? In an effort to change my headspace I am thinking how lucky I am that I get to share my story, spread awareness, and hopefully help another Mama. Man, the shit I went through. I knew something was wrong. Luckily, I have developed the gift for being at the right place at the right time these days. Thank you, Universe. I guess this felt important to say because we need to advocate for ourselves and we need a bigger heart in this world. We are all trying our best. I hope to God I can shake things up and bring the conversation to more tables. If I had to fall on the sword, I want to do it bravely. So the world that Philly grows up in is filled with kindness. One can hope. Always have to have hope. #grateful❤️ #thisismybrave #suicideprevention #postpartumawareness #bethechangeyouwanttosee #kindness #love #sobermama #bipolarmama


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This National Suicide Prevention Week, educate yourself on the best ways to reach out to someone who may be struggling. Tap the link in our bio to learn how you can start a #RealConvo.


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🙏😢 "The former head of Cornell University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Department is died by suicide, according to multiple reports.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Dr. Gregory Eells died Monday morning after jumping from the 17th floor of a Philadelphia building where he was living. Eells, 52, had left Cornell just six months ago to become executive director of counseling and psychological services at the University of Pennsylvania." 🙏😢 First, let's pray and second, let's seek help...Please! According to @afspnational "Suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined...its the 10th leading cause if death in the United States." This is another reason why I speak for the silent and I participate in the #outofthedarknesswalk 👡👟👠👢
It's not too late to support us with a tax deductible donation. Please consider donating. No donation is too small $5 $10 $20. It's such a worthy cause and it's tax deductible!
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”Hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have. But I have it. Yeah, I have it” -Lana Del Rey. I had a unique opportunity to sit on a panel tonight that was discussing mental health and substance abuse. I got to share my story and put a face to the issues we face as a society. I met an amazing man who is studying postpartum and addiction. It's unreal what he is doing. I am so blessed that people think my story is worth sharing. Thank @thisismybrave for courage and strength. I hope that I can help people. I really do. Hope is amazing and a little bit of hope can change the world. It changed me. It's so amazing to be immersed in a community that wants to change the way we view addiction and mental illness. It's a miracle. #thisismybrave #grateful❤️ #suicideprevention #postpartumawareness #bethechangeyouwanttosee


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Social justice should be at the forefront of mental health, and mental health should be at the forefront of social justice. Both are needed in order to create change that allows us as a society, and as individuals, to reclaim our humanity at its most essential level. This is a topic I'm very passionate about, which is why I'm hosting a @therapyisnotadirtyword happy hour in LA in a couple weeks to discuss how we can move beyond stigma and improve accessibility for minorities seeking therapy. If you are in LA September 25th, grab your ticket to the event through the #linkinbio. I hope to see you there!⁠



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*sigh* Another Pastor dies by suicide 😢 @jarridwilson was a pastor husband dad and mental health advocate who apparantly died by suicide according to his wife @itsjuliwilson. Please join me in prayer for the Wilson family. 🙏 Sadly, this is all too reminiscent of Pastor @drew_steck who died by suicide last August 2018. We continue to pray for his wife @kaylasteck and family. 🙏 PLEEEEEEASE check on your Pastors, ministers, leaders, and friends....and if YOU are feeling helpless or hopeless, know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Contact 1-800-273-TALK today.

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Join us today at 2pm EST on Twitter for our chat with @quellfoundation for a conversation on suicide prevention!


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The best thing that I have ever been able to do for myself is to dig out the courage to take ownership of my path, of the things that I have experienced and how I have handled (or mishandled) the things that once haunted me.🧡
In Canada alone more than 10 people will die by suicide every single day. This is 10 people too many. We need to do better, for ourselves and for each other. The world needs your kindness, and not just on the internet; strangers, friends, family. Everyone. We can all endlessly chant " #endthestigma "✊🏻 but nothing will change until our collective behaviour changes. 🧡
We are not meant to stay wounded. We are supposed to move through our tragedies and challenges, and help each other navigate through the episodes of our lives. Strength is what we gain from the madness we survive. The strength to overcome our wounds and the lessons we are meant to learn. Recovery is ever evolving. It isn't always inspiring dedication to a healthy happy life. Sometimes it's just pushing through. Gather up every moment of light, no matter how small, and use it to push away the darkness. 🧡
Please know that you deserve love. You deserve time and space to heal. You deserve connections, healing rarely happens in isolation. Please forgive yourself for all of the things that you have done in the name of survival. 🧡
To those who are still struggling: you can make it out of this alive.
COMPASSION IS THE SOLUTION !!! 🧡🧡🧡
YOU ARE NOT ALONE !!! 🧡 YOU ARE NOT MEANT TO FACE THIS ALONE !!! 🧡 No matter who you are, what you're facing, or the storms that batter you - I am with you !!! Completely wholeheartedly and unwaveringly. #istandwithyou
#nationalsuicidepreventionmonth #nationalsuicidepreventionday #youmaketodaybetter #worldsuicidepreventionday #mentalhealthawareness #recovery #loveandlight #legacyoflove #speakout #youarenotalone #thisismybrave 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡


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We're walking to fight suicide and promote mental health. We NEED YOUR help!!!
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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Derrek and I want to wish everyone a safe and positive Tuesday. This post from @stacyministrymomsmith is so powerful.
Posted @withrepost@stacyministrymomsmith Do you know what these celebrities have in common? ☆Lee Thompson, actor (Jett Jackson;  Rizzoli & Isles) who died  in 2013 at the age of 29 from “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” ☆Marilyn Monroe, actress who died in 1962 at the age of 36 from “acute barbiturate poisoning” (drug overdose) ☆Robin Williams, actor who died in 2014 at the age of 63 from “Asphyxia due to hanging” ☆Jiah Khan (age 25) Bollywood actress who died in 2013 from “Asphyxia due to hanging” ☆Lucy Gordon (age 28) British actress who died in 2009 from “Asphyxia due to hanging” ☆Tony Scott (age 68) film director (“Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Crimson Tide,” “Enemy of the State,” “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Unstoppable” and more) died by jumping off bridge into the L.A. Harbor. ☆Kurt Cobain (age 27) musician & songwriter for Nirvana died in 1994 from “self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.” ☆Simone Battle (age 25) X-Factor star + G.R.L. singer died in 2014 from “alleged hanging.” 🙏 According to World Health Organization (WHO), “One person dies from suicide every 40 seconds and more than 800,000 people commit suicide every year.” That’s one death every 40 seconds…exceeding deaths by homicide and war combined
Suicide Prevention Day will be Wednesday, September 10.  The goal is to bring Awareness, Education & Prevention of suicide.

If you or someone you know suffers from thoughts of suicide or has been affected by acts of suicide, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  The National Suicide Prevention LIFEline is one call away 1-800-273-8255.
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