I took this weekend off from posting (though my daughter did take over at one point and post pics of herself…teenagers).

There’s a week left in May, but that doesn’t mean the awareness stops. Depression certainly doesn’t. And neither do Bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, SAD, self-harm, eating disorders and suicidal behavior. Lots of names, but they all fall under the same category and affect people in debilitating ways.

But there is help available. I’ve posted the information for the Crisis Text Line before and you’ll find it again below. There’s also the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, and if you’re in the Raleigh-Durham Area, there’s the Telecare ACTT Durham. I got to meet two lovely ladies from Telecare this weekend, Elaine Shriner and Vanessa Ellington-Alston. They work hard to change the stigma of mental illness in the Durham community and get people the help they need. Check out Telecare’s website at http://www.telecarecorp.com/.

For today’s post, check out the video from The Mighty, another great site. If you thought Depression was just feeling sad, you’ll find you’re not even close. “It’s an inability to feel anything at all.”

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If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, text ‘Start’ to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. It’s free and confidential; and someone is available to talk to you 24/7. Visit their website at www.crisistextline.org for more information. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) or NAMI (800-950-6264) for support and local referrals.

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To celebrate the release of my new book, Stay With Me, as well as commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month, I will be posting articles and links on the subject through the month of May. Please share this with your friends and family. And don’t forget to get a copy of my book. Go to https://ruthegriffin.com/home/bookshelf/stay-with-me/ for more information.

‪#mhm2016 #MentalHealth #MentalWellness #StayWithMe

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