May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and thank goodness for that!
Mental wellness is being challenged massively with the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the
climate crisis, on top of everyday stressors. Whether or not we have been diagnosed with a mental illness,
it is critical for us all to manage and support our mental health. It matters so much! We must continue to
talk about mental health, share our stories, raise awareness, educate others, get help ourselves and give
support. Let's #starttheconvo and work to #endthestigma so we can #bethereforeachother in ways that
are real and meaningful. If you are struggling please reach out for support.
Here are some resources to help:
The Crisis Textline offers free, 24/7 crisis counseling, via text. Just text SHARE to 741741 to reach them.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline gives 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress,
prevention and crisis resources. Call 988 for support!
The Depression & Crisis Hotline, offers help at 1-800-784-2433.
Veterans Crisis Line is available at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Text 838255.
Emotional Health Relief Hotline has caregivers available 10am-10pm MST, 1-833-442-2211.
Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline is available 24/7, call 988 or 208-398-HELP (4357).
The Crisis Hotline, Serving Southern and Southeastern Idaho, 24/7, 208-788-3596.
For more mental health & crisis help resources visit: https://www.mygriefconnection.org/crisishelp.html
National Grief Awareness Day
August 30, 2022
August 30th, is National Grief Awareness Day, a great opportunity and reminder to talk about and normalize
the grief experience. Maybe take a moment to reach out to someone you know who is grieving a loss and let them know you care and that they are not alone, offer support, and just listen. If you are grieving, I encourage you to take some time today to acknowledge your grief and all you have lost. You might also evaluate any
gains from your grief process if that feels helpful. If you feel up to it, consider sharing some of your grief story with a safe person who can listen with empathy or with someone who may benefit from your wisdom, experience, strength, and hope. Don't forget to offer yourself some extra compassion and grace for what
you are going through. It's hard. Grieving is not easy, but it is easier when we are not alone.
If you feel alone, please reach out for support in any way you can. If you need some great ideas for finding
support in your local area and online, please watch the IG live that Rachel from @gooddays.baddays and
I did a couple of years ago on National Grief Awareness Day. You can watch it on the "About" page at
My Grief Connection at the link in the bio (click the menu arrow on the top left). We hope you get some
tips that will help you find support. Feel free to contact me if you need direction with finding resources.
You deserve support, and it's okay to ask for help! You deserve support and it's okay to ask for help!
Also, join the FREE live event for anyone facing loss featuring Angie Cartwright, the founder of the National
Grief Awareness Day initiative, at Facebook.com/AngieGriefTheUnspoken at 8:00 PM EST, August 30, 2022.
Angie will share her thoughts, and feelings on grief and the grieving, and would love to connect with you.
"We don't grieve just the moment our loved one died. We grieve the past, the future, and the now.
Our loved ones are more than one moment in time."
'Confessions of a Griever' eBook on Sale for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
Did you know that October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day?
Light a candle for 60 minutes to honor the parents you know who have lost sweet babies at 7pm local time.
Crystal Webster, founder and Chief Solace Officer at https://www.sharingsolace.com/ ,
wants to give back (and pay it forward) to the grief community that has provided her so much comfort
since her precious daughter Madelyn died 10 years ago.
So, the Amazon Kindle version of her wonderful book "Confessions of a Griever: Turning a Hot Mess into an Haute Message (Laughable Lessons for When Life Just Sucks)" is on sale for only $.99 on Amazon from Oct 15th-21st!
Visit the "Recommendations" tab at www.mygriefconnection.org and read the summary of the book there
and click through to purchase or visit the affiliate link at https://amzn.to/2H4Uj3e
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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If you are thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, please contact 911 or the suicide hotline at 988.
For any type of crisis situation you can text CONNECT to 741741 to chat with a Crisis Text Line counselor.
Updated 11 September 2023
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