The truth is, we all start and end with breath. It's how we know the baby is alive, it's how we know the body is still. We are always reminded to breathe... in yoga, in dance, in panic, in focus. And it works. We're better when we're breathing. We're better when we take our consciousness to our breath. We're reminded that we have control. We're reminded that we're alive.
So let's take it home. Let's start with what we know. Let's give ourselves permission. Maybe you need to be better; to do better; to feel better. Maybe you just need to get back to yourself; back to your breath.
On this Thursday, on this #InternationalDayofPeace, let's find some within. Take this invitation. I invite you to please, for just a moment, breathe. #PleaseBreathe#CrisisTextLine#BreatheEasy#TakeAMoment#inhaleexhale#justbreathe
Crisis Text Line is a free service in the U.S. that offers support to those who are in need. All you need to do is text HOME to 741741 and a crisis worker will text with you. If you are comfortable speaking on the phone, you can also call them at 1-800-273-8255. Please share if you feel this could help someone you know #suicideawareness#crisistextline#crisishelp#crisisintervention#suicideprevention
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
"We still believe that there's a lot of hope in our story...We're going to continue to make our kids complicated, our characters flawed, good and bad just like real teenagers and adults are." Joy Gorman, talking about creative choices in socially conscious programming with #crisistextline and generally making me look forward to Season 2 of #13reasonswhy.
Check out our latest blog from Dr. Cristina Sevadjian for resources to help you help adolescents in your life! Read here or go to sparrowhousecounseling.com/blog for this and other blogs from our clinicians! ***
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24. As healthcare professionals we love being able to put helpful information into the hands of parents and other loved ones. It is helpful to know about resources that can potentially save lives. Let your teen know about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. Even if your teen does not struggle with suicidal thoughts, they know someone that does and providing them with this information can help them give a friend this resource.
For more information about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month visit https://www.nami.org/suicideawarenessmonth
5 years ago, a co-worker unexpectedly pulled me out of a meeting and I was met by Fresno PD who were there to deliver the most devastating news of my life. Since then, my family and I have mourned and cried, remembered and smiled and done our best to "move on" from such a loss. The jury's still out on that being totally possible...
Mental illness has impacted my life and the people in it in more ways than one and for a long time now, I've wanted to do something to address that. Last year I became a volunteer Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line. A 24/7 service where anyone, anywhere, that is experiencing a crisis (which means different things to different people) can reach out for help.
The world is kind of a scary place to be right now, so look out for each other and tell your loved ones how you feel! If you're ever at the end of your rope, I promise, there's more rope there; text 741741 for help.