Hope. It is the belief that change is possible. It is the decision to get up again when you have fallen time after time. When you have exhausted all possible solutions to the problems that weigh you down, Hope says, "Take another breath, eat something warm, get some sleep, and strive again tomorrow." This section of the Sober Truth Project is dedicated to supporting you in your striving and strengthening you for life's challenges. Whether your mental health is strong, or you are just holding on, we can all benefit from hope.
No matter who you are or what you have done, your story is not over, and we believe that there is hope for you. Just go on the strength that you have. When you are ready, choose hope with us by grounding, relaxing, or creating. Let hope arise!
Amy Harmon-Eaton, Sober Truth Project
-According to USA Mental Health First Aid
These statistics reveal that mental health issues are more common than we thought. And it is crucial to keep an eye out for any symptoms, otherwise they will grow and affect our ability to function. It will bring misery and problems in school, work, relationships, whatever.
Make sure to spot these signs and symptoms early, because they can be managed with a change of lifestyle, or a combination of medications and talk therapy (and that is OK).
Signs and symptoms of mental health may include:
Do you need to see a doctor?
Mental health decline rarely improves on its own. If you are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, see your primary care provider or a mental health professional.
Helping a loved one
If your loved one shows signs of mental health decline, have an open and honest discussion with them about these concerns. You cannot force them to get professional care, but you can offer encouragement and support, or help find a mental health professional. You may even be able to go with them to the appointment.
If your loved one has done self-harm or is considering doing so, take the person to the hospital or call for emergency help.
|24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline|
|24/7 Crisis Counselor Text Line|
|24/7 Live Prayer Line|
|Call 211 for Local Support|
|Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition|
|Mental Health in Teens|
|How Stress Affects Your Brain|
|Impact of Trauma on the Brain|
|Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)|
|Very Well Mind|
|Stories: This Is My Brave|
|Dance: Rise Up|
|Dance: You Say|
|What is grounding?|