To Be Heard


a beautiful poem on how I am really feeling lately

Originally posted on Know My Worth:

I have a fear
of not being heard
of not being understoodThinking

of not being known.

I think this leads me to say
most every little thing
I am feeling or thinking.

But I am learning
I don’t have to
say it all.

Not everyone needs to hear me.
Not everyone needs to understand me.

And most people aren’t going to understand me anyway.
And that’s OK.

I think
what it comes down to
is that to be heard
I actually don’t need to be listened to
by anyone
but me.

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When Panic Attacks

Originally posted on freyaandhervalkyries:

You clicked on this link either out of curiosity or to get advice and help. If it’s the latter, you want to scroll down to the practical advice I’m gonna give you to put into practice in your own life straight away, but the rest of you and if you have patience, I wish to share some facts about panic attacks and a bit of my own personal story.


A 1996 report published by the World Health Organization and the Harvard School of Public Health stated that panic disorder was the fifth most disabling mental health problem in the developed world. It’s estimated that almost 1 to 2 percent of the general population will suffer with panic disorder in any given year, and approximately 5 percent of the population will experience panic disorder at some point in their lives. (Source: Newharbinger Publication).

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Originally posted on intothemindofareader:

All of us are enveloped
by the constant fear
of not being good enough.
But, dearest, you were born good enough
for me.
Please, call me in the middle of the night,
when you’re all alone
and the world seems to be ending around you.
Please, ask me to join you in battle
at some ungodly hour
because you’re losing the fight against your demons.
Please, show up at my door, uninvited,
when you can’t breathe and you need someone to hold you
because your thoughts are ripping you apart.
But please, my little cherub, no matter what circumstance,
Never, ever, allocate me the task
of arranging your premature funeral.

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Becoming Open about Having a Mental Health Challenge

Originally posted on Journey Towards Wellness:

During the three years I worked on the Warm Line, the state of Arizona paid for me, as a Peer Mentor, to go to five out-of-state conferences (two peer-run conferences and three professional conferences) in order to learn as much as I could about mental health challenges and recovery.  I also went to in-town conferences and workshops.  I learned that recovery is probable.  I saw how important it is for those of us who have a mental health challenge to be open about who we are, both our struggles and our victories.  Not only would this fight stigma, people desperately needed hope and living, breathing examples.

There is so much stigma surrounding mental health challenges.  There are stereotypes of the crazy wild-eyed person who looks homeless, the amusing character who is afraid to step on a line or go up an elevator, and the loner shooting into crowds.  Many people…

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Mayweather v Pacquiao: Don’t Watch the Fight


fuck boxing in general but oof this sucks

Originally posted on Feminist Ire:

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Yesterday I learned what a ‘rabbit punch’ is. In case you didn’t know, it’s a punch to the base of the skull, and is banned in the sport of professional boxing because it can cause spinal damage. Since most instances of punching someone in the head are illegal, it’s pretty much a no-no generally, but…

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Thank You, Sarah Silverman

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Last month, Sarah Silverman teamed up with Levo and encouraged women to ask for a raise.

I followed her lead. Spoiler alert: it worked.

Prior to watching Silverman’s video, I honestly had never thought about asking for a raise. I was under the impression that I was fortunate to make what was offered to me, that I was lucky to be employed, and that I did not deserve more.

I am a Special Education teacher and have been teaching for eight years now. Last year, I was hired at a small public charter high school in Denver, The Academy of Urban Learning (AUL). The school serves students in at-risk situations like poverty, gangs, homelessness, drug abuse, and neglect. I am the only Special Education teacher employed at our school, and my work spans physical disabilities, specific learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and serious emotional disabilities.

A bit of backstory: during the 1980s, Denver Public Schools (DPS)…

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