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it’s that simple

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charliedurso:

Today is National Suicide Prevention Day, and genuinely i dont have much to say because an issue like this just speaks for itself in the importance there is in stopping it, just all i can say is i know a lot of you on here are having some type of issue in some part of your life, or if you arent youve known people who have and you have seen and felt with them how hard it is to deal with some of the stuff thrown at you in this world, but in the end everything will be okay, it might not be in an hour or a week, even a couple months maybe, but eventually when you keep trying your hardest and staying positive and with some type of support that you will have eventually, things get a hell of a lot better, and you should be around to see them get better.

if youre having a problem, reach out to someone, your neighbor, your friend, me, someone will listen you just might have to find them

threetalesofkilljoys:

"Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse, Suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better." 

Remember to wear orange or yellow tomorrow in support of National Suicide Prevention week. Always remember that you are never alone and can never be replaced. 

suptroyler:

Today is the 10th of September which means national Suicide Prevention Day. Around 4,400 people end their own lives in England each year, that’s one death every two hours and at least 10 times that number attempt suicide. So I ask you, please try and help spread awareness in any way you can, and make sure to show your love to everyone you care about.

TODAY IS WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY!!!!

Suicide is 100% preventable. Reach out to someone and save a life.

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HELP LINES:
  • The original post only has US helplines. I've added UK helplines underneath. It would be great if people could add numbers from everywhere in the world.
  • Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433
  • LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255
  • Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
  • Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743
  • Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
  • Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
  • Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272
  • Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
  • Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253
  • Child Abuse: 1-800-422-4453
  • UK Helplines:
  • Samaritans (for any problem): 08457909090 e-mail jo@samaritans.org
  • Childline (for anyone under 18 with any problem): 08001111
  • Mind infoline (mental health information): 0300 123 3393 e-mail: info@mind.org.uk
  • Mind legal advice (for people who need mental-health related legal advice): 0300 466 6463 legal@mind.org.uk
  • b-eat eating disorder support: 0845 634 14 14 (only open Mon-Fri 10.30am-8.30pm and Saturday 1pm-4.30pm) e-mail: help@b-eat.co.uk
  • b-eat youthline (for under 25's with eating disorders): 08456347650 (open Mon-Fri 4.30pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 1pm-4.30pm)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care: 08444779400 e-mail: helpline@cruse.org.uk
  • Frank (information and advice on drugs): 0800776600
  • Drinkline: 0800 9178282
  • Rape Crisis England & Wales: 0808 802 9999 1(open 2 - 2.30pm 7 - 9.30pm) e-mail info@rapecrisis.org.uk
  • Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02 every day, 6pm to midnight
  • India Self Harm Hotline: 00 08001006614
  • India Suicide Helpline: 022-27546669
  • Kids Help Phone (Canada): 1-800-668-6868, Free and available 24/7
  • suicide hotlines;
  • Argentina: 54-0223-493-0430
  • Australia: 13-11-14
  • Austria: 01-713-3374
  • Barbados: 429-9999
  • Belgium: 106
  • Botswana: 391-1270
  • Brazil: 21-233-9191
  • China: 852-2382-0000
  • (Hong Kong: 2389-2222)
  • Costa Rica: 606-253-5439
  • Croatia: 01-4833-888
  • Cyprus: 357-77-77-72-67
  • Czech Republic: 222-580-697, 476-701-908
  • Denmark: 70-201-201
  • Egypt: 762-1602
  • Estonia: 6-558-088
  • Finland: 040-5032199
  • France: 01-45-39-4000
  • Germany: 0800-181-0721
  • Greece: 1018
  • Guatemala: 502-234-1239
  • Holland: 0900-0767
  • Honduras: 504-237-3623
  • Hungary: 06-80-820-111
  • Iceland: 44-0-8457-90-90-90
  • Israel: 09-8892333
  • Italy: 06-705-4444
  • Japan: 3-5286-9090
  • Latvia: 6722-2922, 2772-2292
  • Malaysia: 03-756-8144
  • (Singapore: 1-800-221-4444)
  • Mexico: 525-510-2550
  • Netherlands: 0900-0767
  • New Zealand: 4-473-9739
  • New Guinea: 675-326-0011
  • Nicaragua: 505-268-6171
  • Norway: 47-815-33-300
  • Philippines: 02-896-9191
  • Poland: 52-70-000
  • Portugal: 239-72-10-10
  • Russia: 8-20-222-82-10
  • Spain: 91-459-00-50
  • South Africa: 0861-322-322
  • South Korea: 2-715-8600
  • Sweden: 031-711-2400
  • Switzerland: 143
  • Taiwan: 0800-788-995
  • Thailand: 02-249-9977
  • Trinidad and Tobago: 868-645-2800
  • Ukraine: 0487-327715
Anonymous whispered: "What is crazy?"

Crazy is a very stigmatized word that is used to discriminate against people with mental illnesses. By being named “I Am Not Crazy”, this organization is rejecting the stigmatization of the word “crazy” and refusing to allow people to use it to discriminate against the mentally ill.

Anonymous whispered: "Is there some way I can talk to someone about bipolar without going to a doctor, or is there anyone following you who has it/a knowledge of it?"

Here is a huge list of online and phone resources:
http://psychcentral.com/lib/resources-for-bipolar-disorder/000884
http://psychcentral.com/lib/resources-for-bipolar-disorder/000884#websites

Also, our founder has bipolar disorder! Send another message off anon and I can give you his email address if you would like to speak to him :)

Symptoms of Psychosis →

There are four main symptoms associated with a psychotic episode:

• hallucinations

• delusions

• confused and disturbed thoughts

a lack of insight and self-awareness

These are outlined in more detail below.

Hallucinations

A hallucination is when you perceive something that…

anxiety and panic disorder can affect people physically as well as mentally

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not-your-choice:

Reporting your blog for breaking Tumblr Community Guidelines puts your blog at risk for termination. Stop promoting and glorifying eating disorders, stop spreading harmful content on this public platform. Be safe, be smart, and be conscious of the things you post.

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easacommunity:

This is an image of Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, the main character from American Psycho. Bateman is a sadistic serial killer who is obsessed with violence and murder.

This was also the first image from a GoogleSearch for “schizophrenia.” We as a culture believe that schizophrenia = serial killers. Now more than ever, we need to raise awareness not only about this genetic and chronic disease, but mental health as a whole.

FIGHT STIGMA!

12 Things People Who Want Eating Disorders Don't Understand About Eating Disorders →

edcynic:

1.) Eating disorders are not choices.

An eating disorder is a progressive and often chronic mental illness. One develops an eating disorder over time, and because it’s classified as a mental illness, one cannot wake up one day and choose to have one. In most cases, one often does not even…

2.) Eating disorders don’t make you unique or special. 

Although many who have eating disorders do report feeling a sense of power and specialness because of their eating disorder, in truth, the world does not care about you or your mental health issues. So if you want an eating disorder because you feel like it makes you unique or special, here’s a reality check: There are about 25 million people in the US alone who suffer from an eating disorder. Think you’re unique? You’re not. 

3.) Preoccupation with food, weight, and appearance are only symptoms of an eating disorder. 

Again, because eating disorders are mental illnesses, the weight and food are only one component of a very complex illness. People do not have eating disorders because their fear of being fat is so inherent; they have them because somewhere in their brain, the wiring just isn’t right, and for some reason, it’s manifesting itself in an eating disorder. Although low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction might be the start of an eating disorder, eating disorders are usually coping mechanisms for much bigger things. 

4.) Chronic dieting does not always equal an eating disorder. 

There is a big difference between dieting and having an eating disorder. Although someone dieting may engage in similar behavior as someone with an eating disorder, dieting implies a termination date whereas an eating disorder does not. So if you feel you can just “be anorexic” until you reach a certain goal weight, you are most likely either in denial or you are dieting. Following an ABC diet doesn’t make you anorexic. Restricting your caloric intake to 200 calories one day does not make you anorexic. Fasting for a week before prom does not make you anorexic. 

5.) There are other eating disorders other than Anorexia Nervosa. 

More times than not, you’ll hardly ever find someone who wants Bulimia, OSFED, or Binge Eating Disorder. Those who want eating disorders usually only want one to be thin, so of course, they try an appropriate or become anorexic in order to attain that goal. Those who want an eating disorder to become thin need to realize they do not want an eating disorder to become thin, they just want to become thin quick. 

6.) You cannot “just stop” having an eating disorder. 

As stated before, an eating disorder is a progressive, chronic illness. Not only does that mean recovery is very difficult, but relapse rates are extremely high for those who have had actual eating disorders. Many people who want eating disorders feel they’ll be able to just stop once they reach a goal weight or fit into a certain size or once their prom/homecoming/summer vacation/wedding is over. That is not how eating disorders work. 

7.) People with eating disorders usually like food. 

People who want eating disorders almost try to force themselves to not like food, or at least to train themselves to think that food is evil. But what they fail to understand is that most people with eating disorders actually like food and would love to be able to eat it. The difference is most people who want eating disorders try to force themselves to deny food, while those with eating disorders have to try and force themselves to accept food. 

8.) Anorexia is not just a “mindset.”

Alluding to number 5, there are other eating disorders other than Anorexia Nervosa, but because people who want eating disorders really only “want” anorexia, they try very  hard to fit under a diagnosis they may not actually suffer from. Despite people’s wants, there are certain criteria that need to be met to fall under the AN diagnosis, and if you don’t fit them, you can’t just negate specific criterion because you “want” anorexia. Just because you are sad, doesn’t mean you have depression, and just because you think you’re fat, doesn’t mean you have anorexia.

9.) Life will not get better with an eating disorder. 

If you interviewed 1,000 people with eating disorders, I guarantee you none would say their lives improved with an eating disorder. Sure, we’ve all felt the high of an eating disorder or felt we could function better with one, but in truth, life gets progressively worse the longer we suffer from an eating disorder. Because we eventually lose control of our eating disorders, our lives will inevitably be negatively affected, whether we like it or not. 

10.) Eating disorders will not make you beautiful. 

Sure, you may get compliments in the beginning of your eating disorder, but malnutrition will take its toll whether you are underweight or not. You will look unhealthy, whether it’s because your hair turns brittle or you have permanent dark circles under your eyes, you will look sick even if you do not realize it. 

11.) You will not get x, y, or z once you’re thin. 

No, you won’t, because life with an eating disorder turns everything to shit. If you think the guy you like will finally like you back, he willeventually get tired of your eating disorder. If you think you’ll get that job, your work performance will eventually suffer. If you think you’ll be able to feel more confident, you’ll actually experience the exact opposite. 

12.) You can die from an eating disorder, any eating disorder, at any weight. 

Those who want eating disorders seldom think of the health consequences, because they put eating disorders on the same level as common diets. They think they’ll be able to stop before health consequences happen, or they think they’ll somehow be able to prevent health consequences by taking a multivitamin (LOL). The truth is, if you have a real eating disorder, health consequences are always a risk, as is death. Nobody is immune to health consequences, and if someone has an eating disorder long enough, they will eventually suffer some type of health issue. 

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Depression is a legitimate disease just like cancer and diabetes

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