Alicia shares her story of dealing with depression, anxiety, attempting suicide and eventual recovery at the International Association for Youth Mental Health. She explains what it means to be a mental health superhero.
I've become very accustomed to being hard on myself. It’s a blessing and a curse; self-criticism pushes us to work harder, do better---but it can also become toxic. How many times have you gotten inspired to create something, perhaps a poem, song, picture, or even a school assignment, only to find yourself giving up before giving it the real shot it deserves? As someone with a very active imagination, I've had a certain problem. In my head, I imagine the project I could create and I see it in a perfect, aggrandized way--- I see its full potential.
Group projects don’t have the best reputation out there (here’s to looking at you, high school).
mindyourmind and the Canadian Red Cross teamed up to work with a group of amazing youth to create social media awareness tools for the Healthy Youth Relationships Respect Education program. Learn more about the team and other tools they created.
"The most important thing about recovery is to pass the message on." - Maurice Gibb
When I need a moment to speak with a friend about sensitive matters, the most common response I receive is an: "Aww.. don't worry" or "You will get over it." Those answers might suffice for some, but in my case, both answers annoy me.
My life was good and I was happy. I had a great wife, had recently bought a house in San Fransico, had a good job with the dream of becoming an entrepreneur one day and a great circle of family and friends.
All of that changed over the course of few months and I began to lose absolutely everything I had. I almost died, I decided that my life was not worth living and had occasional thoughts of ending my life.