Today is World Mental Health Day. One of the most important things we can do is work to change the stigma surrounding mental illness. To do that we need to start talking about it openly.
'Would you rather make your next Facebook status say that you're having a tough time getting out of bed because you hurt your back, or that you're having a tough time getting out of bed every morning because you're depressed? That's the stigma. Unfortunately we live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast. But if you tell people you are depressed, every one runs the other way. That's the stigma. We are so accepting of any body part breaking down other than our brains. That is ignorance. It has created a world that doesn't understand depression, and doesn't understand mental health.'
You don’t have to swallow your tears. You don’t have to hide how you feel or ignore your pain. You have to give yourself a hug, look yourself in the eyes, and say, “I’m sad and I’m angry and I’m hurting. And you know what? That’s okay. My feelings are valid. I’m not broken or crazy. I’m wounded. But I can heal. And I’m going to be okay. Maybe not today or tomorrow or a week from now, but sometime soon, this is going to pass. And until it does, I’m going to keep taking care of myself. I’m going to talk back to the negative voice making me feel small and speak to myself with kindness. I’m going to let myself feel my feelings and do self-care. And I’m going to treat myself like a friend. Because if there’s anyone who deserves my love and affection, it’s me.
—Daniell Koepke (via internal-acceptance-movement)
one of the hardest parts about decolonizing for me has been forgiving myself for ever being ashamed of where i come from, what my parents look like, speak like and have worked in order to raise me. i am still forgiving myself.
fabian romero- indigenous immigrant queer boi writer
R.I.P. The 2976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi and 35000 Pakistani people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit
this is the only september 11th post I’m reblogging
and let’s not forget all the Muslims/Sikhs/Brown-looking people who have been targeted for hate-crimes/discriminations since
Sometimes I don’t think that people really understand me.
My need for quiet and space is often misconstrued as me being insensitive, unwelcoming or standoffish. Maybe it’s silly of me to wonder why others feel the need to judge my distance.
They are entitled to those feelings, right?
We’ve spoken to Marco Saavedra!
He needs everyone to keep making calls to bring the DREAM 8 home! It’s working, they are considering release on the US side!!!! CALL CALL CALL!
Call Senator Durbin @ (312) 353-4952 or (202) 224-2152
"Hi, I was calling to find out why the member is going to just sit by and watch as the DREAMers, crossing the border in Nogales, are being arrested and deported. Does the member support undocumented immigrants or not?"
After you call hang-up and call back again and again and again until you get word that the DREAM 8 are safe and sound.
Call ICE Principal Legal Advisor Peter Vincent @ 202-732-5000
"Hi, I was calling to ask that you release the DREAM 8 into the U.S. This is their home. Re-unite them with their family. Why is the Port Authority planning on arresting and deporting all of them?"
please don’t feel bad for not being able to love yourself!
loving yourself is a long and difficult process and it involves a lot of deprogramming yourself from the harmful bullshit that society and people have told you. you shouldn’t be made to feel weak or a failure for struggling with that.
take your time, and when you do feel able to love yourself, it’ll be wonderful and genuine and not a rushed fake thing
in the mean time, please take care of yourself!
#BlackLivesMatter means that I am beautiful and worthwhile, period. That i am not the monster the US media reflects every day on our TV sets
The fact of the matter is, we all suffer from white supremacy, even so-called “blacks.” Most of us have internalized the image of the black man as…