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While being trans is not a mental disorder, gender dysphoria can be every bit as debilitating and deadly as clinical depression,” Abra, a trans woman from Canada, explains. “I had buried my gender issues so completely that it took me until I was 42 to break through," Abra says, but this distress "was always a background noise in my life.” Eventually, Abra took the leap and made an appointment at a gender clinic. She then began hormone replacement therapy, and started her social transition. "I have a loving, supportive wife, a network of supportive friends, I live in a country where I could access medical help and change all my government identification, and I am able to live and work as the woman I am. I have some passing privilege, meaning I can move about the world being seen and treated as a woman. Yet still there are times when I have gender dysphoria after seeing myself in a reflection or photograph. But with treatment, and societal change, living with gender dysphoria can be manageable. In order to help with societal change and to inspire others, I choose to remain visible and to represent.” To read Abra (@aerialhraevn)’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile.⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile.⁣ //⁣ Photo by @justinanantawan. #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma

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"I have vivid memories of wanting the actual clocks to pause," Nate recalls. "If I could get the days to slow down, I thought maybe I could figure out why I felt so much pain. Life with cPTSD was hard."⁣ ⁣ "I was a product of deep religious roots, closeted gay, and a survivor of extensive abuse. I began therapy at 18 within my religious culture. This practice did not include addressing trauma, only addressing my sexuality with the assumption that I was gay because I had been abused."⁣ ⁣ Eventually, Nate found an outpatient treatment center, which changed everything: "It was my first safe space to fully be. That week saved my life."⁣ ⁣ In 2016, Nate came out as gay. "To finally be known, and live in alignment with my true self, offered great peace," he says. "I am now 42 years old. I still go to therapy. I probably always will. My life has changed drastically because the things I needed before are now just things, and I know what I need above all is an honest and healthy relationship with myself. Now I am a certified life coach with an emphasis on psychology and wellness. I am overjoyed that I now walk with others finding the goodness buried underneath their pain."⁣ ⁣ To read Nate (@natepostlethwait)’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile.⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile.⁣ //⁣ #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma

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“The seniors and disabled that we serve in our development are finding #covid19 a stifling challenge to live through," says Vickie, Executive Director of Toronto’s Bleecker/Wellesley Activity Network, which services seniors 55+ and disabled who live far under the poverty line and in social housing. "They don't feel safe going out, and miss the friends they were meeting up with a few times a month when we had our sit-in meals. The isolation has been terrible to watch. They are facing depression." “When we suspended our sit-in meals because of COVID-19, we got calls and inquiries.” Then, Vickie had the idea to put out an online advertisement for volunteers to do deliveries to the seniors. The ad received over 70 applications. “It was incredible. From that week on we have been blessed with these wonderful people who come and help get everything ready and deliver all the meals and veggie project bags to our seniors and the disabled.” "Many times I listen to voicemails from happy folks telling me how kind the volunteer was and how lovely it was to just have a few words with them. It makes them feel like they are not so alone, that someone out there still really does care.”⁣ To read Vickie’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile.⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile.⁣ //⁣ #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. Photo by @justinanantawan. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma

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“It all began a decade ago...I began to self-blame, self-hurt and put myself in spiral of shame and shut myself from the world.” “I was determined to show everyone that nothing will stop me and I am who I am, not what they have heard. I found myself a therapist. I have changed 3-4 different therapists, not because they weren’t good, but because I needed different therapies.” Three years later, Harshika is a therapist herself and uses her own experience to better understand and help her clients. She still struggles with anxiety and depression, but the help she received from her therapist has allowed her to continue improving. “I would suddenly find myself breathing very fast and feeling helpless, sweat beads on my forehead, scrambling to hold something or do something to make me feel better, scrunching my pillow to keep it together and finally just crying it out till I fall asleep exhausted.” “Despite improvement in anxiety due to the slow progress in overcoming my depression, my anxiety kept recurring. Sometimes, worse than before. But apart from my therapists ; who insisted I speak to my family and friends to get extra help and made me do it ; with all of their help and my will, I survived.” To read Harshika (@harshika.psychologist)’s full story, visit our website, link in our profile⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile.⁣ //⁣ #inmyworld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with #mentalhealth issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more or to share your own mental health story please follow @onedayinmyworld #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma

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“I’ve been trying to find words that truly explain how I feel about everything going on right now,” says Marissa, a nurse in Phoenix, Arizona. “Every time I think about it, it’s just producing so much anxiety, sadness, disappointment, and fear. This pandemic has the capacity to empower nurses, foster collaboration, assist in healing. But instead, we are drowning. Each day comes with less support and more responsibility. The safety and security we had yesterday is gone the next day. We can’t escape the misery of going 13 hours at a time wearing gowns or scrubs sweating from places in our bodies that we didn’t even know could sweat, faces and ears aching from the pressure of the suffocating masks. Then we go and care for people who are dying alone, because there are no visitors allowed. The emotional burden rips at the heart of every nurse. And if we’re lucky enough to get a break from it all,” Marissa adds, “we’re scared to eat lunch in the hospital, for fear of accidentally contaminating our food and unceremoniously dying amongst the lifeless bodies that we encounter every day… But we continue to return each day because we have to. And because deep down, we really want to. We want to help. It’s our calling. And I know that as nurses all over the nation and all over the world, we will never stop doing what we are called to do, even if we have to die trying.” #healthcareheroes⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters⁣ //⁣ Marissa (@lipstickandlifesaving) first shared their experience with @facesofthefrontline, a campaign featuring the stories of medical professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the #covid19 pandemic. Their stories need to be heard & #Inmyworld is proud to reshare them. To learn more follow @facesofthefrontline

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"Living in New Jersey right now has been tough to deal with,” admits Jazz, a registered nurse and mother. “Being a healthcare worker in New Jersey, even tougher. Health workers are getting sick and dying because of the little supplies we have. The enormous amount of stress and anxiety is weighing us both mentally and physically. #Covid19 is everywhere! We have to assume everyone is positive and take precautions to protect ourselves from everyone! We all deserve to be protected. We all matter! Stay strong everyone! We will win this fight!" #healthcareheroes⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma⁣ //⁣ Jazz (@jreyrn) first shared their experience with @facesofthefrontline, a campaign featuring the stories of medical professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the #covid19 pandemic. Their stories need to be heard & #Inmyworld is proud to reshare them. To learn more follow @facesofthefrontline

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"Today was my first day back from maternity leave and nothing could have prepared me for the emotional rollercoaster.” Viviana is an ICU frontliner in NYC. “ I was given one N95 mask to use all day and was told I could only go into my patient's room 3 times if possible to limit use of PPE. This is downright impossible in the ICU setting. I was lucky to find the last pair of goggles which I will also be reusing for the next couple of weeks. As I expected, all of my patients are positive for the virus. However, I was not prepared to be taking care of a young mother who struggled to breathe and cried for her 10-month-old daughter at home. She was alone, suffering, and scared. As a mother, my heart ached for her as I thought of my own son at home and how I would feel if I couldn’t hold him every night. I’m lucky I was able to pump twice at work but the anxiety of exposing my 3-month-old to the virus now is a grim reality I may have to face. Things are scary now, but what will happen when we run out of supplies altogether in a week?” asks Viviana. “This is a scary time for all of us. Please #stayhome and practice good hand hygiene. We all need to help each other out now more than ever." #healthcareheroes⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma⁣ //⁣ Viviana (@vivianalacubana) first shared their experience with @facesofthefrontline, a campaign featuring the stories of medical professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the #covid19 pandemic. Their stories need to be heard & #Inmyworld is proud to reshare them. Follow @facesofthefrontline

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"My hospital in NYC likely has the most cases in the city, maybe in the country. The emergency room feels apocalyptic,” recounts Dr. Mannat, a doctor in New York City. “We don't even need to wait for the #covid19 results to come back, we already know what is the virus and what isn't. We already know the inevitable march to intubation for these patients. I don't know how long my colleagues and I will last before one by one we burn out, or get the virus, or both. I don't know how much longer we'll have even the bare minimum PPE, only that it will run out,” she says. “don't know what to tell my parents and friends when they ask me to be careful, to be brave, to be safe. Only that I'm trying. Only that this will get worse before it gets better, and that this is just the beginning." #healthcareheroes⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma⁣ //⁣ Mannat (@drmannat) first shared their experience with @facesofthefrontline, a campaign featuring the stories of medical professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the #covid19 pandemic. Their stories need to be heard & #Inmyworld is proud to reshare them. To learn more follow @facesofthefrontline

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"I feel tired, emotionally exhausted,” says Mariaeugenia Montesinos, a midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner in NYC, “for following my passion of defending our women's maternal rights, especially the rights of [disadvantaged] women, who suffer the most in this time of #covid19.” At the same time, however, Mariaeugenia says she feels the “love of our supporters. One day I went to get my morning coffee at @perkcentral and they didn't charge me. Someone had left a gift card with them to charge for any health-provider who works at Metropolitan Hospital. Frontliners, midwives, and healthcare providers in NYC and East Harlem feel the love of our supporters." #healthcareheroes⁣ //⁣ 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma⁣ //⁣ Mariaeugenia (@metropolitanmidwife) first shared their experience with @facesofthefrontline, a campaign featuring the stories of medical professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the #covid19 pandemic. Their stories need to be heard & #Inmyworld is proud to reshare them. To learn more follow @facesofthefrontline

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“Dear healthcare admin/legislators/president/whoever needs to hear this,” says Dr. Neena, a pulmonary critical care fellow, “Please talk to me after you’ve spent hours in #PPE, haven’t sat down in 10 hours straight, praying not to break PPE each step of the way to contract #COVID to expose your family. And all that in one night, with one mask for the shift. Only thing I can say: this isn’t a joke. To those who try to ‘dictate medicine’: deciding when to stop the #quarantine, deciding what we as docs/nurses/RTs can/can’t use as PPE, not providing us with enough #resources, firing us for 'talking back' or wearing masks around the hospital… walk a few miles in our shoes.”. #healthcareheroes // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma // Dr. Neena first shared their experience with @facesofthefrontline, a campaign featuring the stories of medical professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the #covid19 pandemic. Their stories need to be heard & #Inmyworld is proud to reshare them. To learn more follow @facesofthefrontline

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“Work is far scarier than ever,” admits Allison Stieler, a nurse in Tennessee. “I’m scared about passing this lethal virus to unaffected patients. I have not tested positive or exhibited any symptoms, so I need to keep working. Since supplies are low, I am limited to one droplet mask per shift. That being said, I am committed to helping those who need it the most. The patients’ mindsets are so inspiring...every day I learn something valuable from them.” Post via @futuremdvscovid. #healthcareheroes // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma // Allison first shared their experience with @facesofthefrontline, a campaign featuring the stories of medical professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the #covid19 pandemic. Their stories need to be heard & #Inmyworld is proud to reshare them. To learn more follow @facesofthefrontline

28 days ago 0
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“Smiling on the outside, terrified on the inside. Posing as if I’m confident in my PPE, but it’s literally a goddamn beekeeper suit I bought on Amazon and I’m a dermatologist taking care of #covid19 patients. The collective trauma is slowly, inevitably imprinting. Horrified and heartbroken for the patient families. Able to save some lives, but the death and loss is overwhelming. Three patients died in our Covid unit over the span of 12 hours from last night to this morning.” Dr. Neelam Khan shares her experiences from the #frontlines in New York City. “Deaths are not just numbers or statistics,” Dr. Khan reminds us. “Their lives matter, their stories matter, their broken families matter. The healthcare workers traumatized by their unpredictable and sudden deaths matter. Please continue to #stayhome,” Dr. Khan implores. “A “reopening” of your community can and unfortunately will very much lead to the unnecessary death of people you may know.” #healthcareheroes // 1 in 4 people worldwide will live with a mental health condition at some point in their lives. For many, the stigma surrounding mental health, psychosocial and intellectual disabilities keeps us silenced and prevents us from seeking help. We believe that sharing our own experience helps others realize they are not alone. Everyone's story deserves to be heard, including yours. This month @onedayinmyworld will be sharing stories from our community and we hope that together we can #StopStigma. If you feel so moved, please share your own experience with mental health issues at the link in our profile. #mentalhealthmatters #breakthestigma // Dr. Neelam Khan first shared their experience with @facesofthefrontline, a campaign featuring the stories of medical professionals and other essential workers on the frontlines of the #covid19 pandemic. Their stories need to be heard & #Inmyworld is proud to reshare them. To learn more follow @facesofthefrontline

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