#MentallyMe Montage

So glad to be a part of the continuing conversation to decrease stigma, promote reflection and positive identity.

Today I’d like to recognize:

Georgie for acknowledging all kinds of success!

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“Getting out of bed when your alarm goes off, having a shower, eating a good breakfast, going to the gym, getting in your car, driving to work are all things you should be proud of. They are little goals that you might take for granted, goals that you might not realise are GOALS for people who suffer with severe depression. If you know one of your mates or family members that might not have ticked off a small but simple goal in a while, make time to support them with that. It might be bringing them a meal to work so they don’t have to make one when they get home, buying or putting together a “pamper pack” to make them feel extra special, sending them a message at work saying “you’ve got this!” or maybe it’s taking them for a walk twice a week. I know we get busy but remind yourself that life isn’t always about the busyness. Be proud for ticking off those small goals and make sure others around you feel the same about ticking off theirs as well!” – thisisgeorgie

This talented, passionate lady not letting struggles define her:

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“Okkkk slightly unrelated to ADHD but it’s been a while since I posted anything about med school! 👩🏽‍⚕️💉
This week is my first back after the Christmas break, and we’ve started our placement straight away! It’s only for two weeks, but I’m really enjoying being able to nose around the hospital and get an insight into my future 😂
Today was by far my best day all week. I decided to be brave and ask if I could observe in theatre and it payed off! I spent the day watching orthopaedic/trauma surgery which was so exciting 😆😆
Ok update over, I’m sure a few of you probably think I’m nuts! Hope you’re having a great week”. – Everydayadhd

Using social media as an artistic outlet to express ourselves:

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And Hannah promoting vulnerability and honesty by openly sharing her story

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“Hi. 
For those of you who don’t know me and for those of you who do, my name is HannahClaire. 
I am an 18 year old freshman, majoring in dance at Casper college. 
I’m not a confident or smooth person. 
When it comes to taking to people, I will. But I don’t want to. 
I hate being in social situations for very long but I will force myself to be so that people will think I’m okay. 
I’m not really okay. Not really ever. 
I have chronic depression, high functioning anxiety in all forms, sensory processing disorder and recently discovered, a slight bit of OCD. 
I reorganize the Christmas tree if it’s not decorated correctly. 
I don’t organize my clothes in their drawer and sometimes I don’t fold them. 
I can spend hours at a time with friends and smile and laugh, but feel so weighted and tired, and then after a while sick to my stomach. 
I will go home at the end of the day and throw my clothes on the floor and not care because it’s a task that seems too much for me. 
I can’t do math. I can’t drive yet. 
Sometimes people say stuff jokingly, and I get a little hurt but I don’t say anything because I don’t want people to have to worry about being careful not to hurt me. 
I sit in the shower for an hour and I don’t do anything except for let the hottest water setting run over me because I can’t feel anything except that. 
But I also dance. 
And I sing. 
And I talk in a toddler voice because it makes other people happy. 
I do a lot that isn’t anything to do with my mental illnesses. 
But my mental illness is a big part of my life and I don’t wish it were different because I can help people and show them what it’s like to live with mental illness and still live. 
And that’s me. And that’s okay. 
Love, 
HannahClaire.” 

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