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Giving Tuesday 2015

#SENDHOPE

For Giving Tuesday, we asked you to submit uplifting messages to those suffering from mental health disorders and encourage those who are too afraid to seek help. Here all the messages we've received so far; we'll be updating this post with new messages throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who has participated in our #SendHope campaign!

It's not too late to join the campaign! Click here to submit your message of hope.

  • Although sometimes it hurts us to see the choices you make, we love you unconditionally!
  • Hold on. Pain ends. Trust. You are not your disease. It is not who you are. You can recover. I did.
  • You are loved, needed, & wanted. You are NOT alone. Don't listen to depression's lies. Keep battling, you WILL win. #SendHope
  • Speak up; we are only as strong as those who speak out.
  • Don't hold secrets, especially moms with addiction problems. Your babies need you to care and drive them around sober and safe. Be and live well for them. Love them by being the best you can be. Pain sucks, I get it. I'm still a work in progress, love and G-d bless.
  • Honesty always works.
  • After being sober for 6 years I relapsed. I thought I could handle it. Once again I under estimated alcoholism/addiction. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine how greedy the progression of my disease would be. For 10 years I struggled in relapse spiraling downward. I never thought I could get clean and sober again. That was 13.5 years ago. I was given the gift of desperation and with it came freedom. Peace is possible one day at a time. It is not always easy but it is always worth it.
  • Shame only perpetrates silence. Speaking up is the first, and most important step.
  • There is no shame admitting you have an addiction. The shameful part of it is not getting help. Everyone deserves a new chance at life. It takes strength and courage to stay clean and sober, but first you have to admit you have a problem. Once you do that you are definitely on the road to find a new way of life.
  • I have battled with depression for years in silence. No more. #westandtogether #GivingTuesday #SendHope
  • If we saw someone with an apparent physical disability we would understand their issues. Think of addiction as a brain in a wheelchair. When I drink, my body takes over and I have no defense. Once I drink, it is not a lack of morals or a lack of willpower or a lack of desire to not drink that allows me to drink, it an issue of my brain chemistry. Me-brain in a wheelchair.
  • The journey of recovery is a blessing I could not have imagined in years past. In a short time, I was given a gift of clarity that opened the door to all the things we are promised: serenity, courage, wisdom and more. A life based on gratitude is something that I now own and cherish.
  • We come into this world as a special little person. Life, genetics and brain chemistry are strong forces that often challenge some of us. No one is at fault, no one is less special. When life and nature make it difficult, never lose hope... never think you are alone... never stop seeking the possibility of a healthier life. There are many opportunities, people and comrades who are there when you reach out. Never give up... I promise the sun in shining right around the corner.
  • I wish you will find yourself, now that you feel you found the right place. Work you steps and I hope we can all get along on the outside world soon. Love you unconditionally, Mommy.
  • Let us all walk together and never be alone in shame again! One moment one day at a time!
  • You matter! You are important! I care about you!
  • I thought my mental health issues would break me, but they didn't. Because I'm stronger than them, and so are you. Just hold on and get help.
  • #SendHope you never know what others are going through
  • There is a special kind of loneliness when you suffer from mental health issues or addiction. The kind of lonely that tells you no one else would understand, that if people knew what was really going on, they wouldn't accept you. The kind of lonely that scares you so much that you put on a mask for the world and walk in it "as if" you're okay. If I could say one thing, it would be, Don't Give UP and Don't Give IN! There is so much help for you, asking for it is the hardest part. Just ask, even if you don't know what you’re asking for, just go ahead anyway. Even if you're afraid of what it might mean, go ahead and ask. Recovery doesn't come as a mandate - you can always choose to go back - I'm betting once you come around the corner of your pain, you won't ever want to go back again! In recovery, we learn that there is no need to shut the door on our pain, or on feelings of shame. We learn that we are not what we've done- that we all learn and grow from our mistakes. Sometimes people ask, when is it too late? As long as you have life, you have time for recovery. Don't waste another day!
  • Just know that you're not alone with this. Sometimes I have to take it a minute at a time to get thru the struggle.
  • #SendHope You are loved.
  • As a Clinician who has worked in the field for over 18 years I often hear people say they were afraid to go into treatment because they didn't want to be judged. I am here to tell you that treatment is a place that you can count on not being judged. We have compassion and understand how hard life can be when you struggle with an addiction. We all work hard to create safe open and highly confidential environment to help you heal.
  • "The light shines brightest in the darkness." #SendHope
  • You are not alone. We're here for you. #letushelp #youdeserveit
  • I used to ignore my depression and I ended up not being able to function. I went to a psychiatric facility not by choice but I really needed it then. It's been ten years with the best Psychiatrist who has seen me at my worst. For me it's a life so much better now that I have seen the light out of depression. Medication and therapy are the keys to controlling my symptoms.
  • Never look back, that's not the direction you are going! Live your life to please G-d only!
  • You are not alone in the "common struggle". Keep hope and faith. Reach out for support.
  • NEVER ever give up! You ask me why? Because I suffer with major depression and I am 55 years old and will continue to fight. Recently I had genetic testing which provided me with detailed info regarding SSRI's. Well all these years, 25 to be exact, I have been on the wrong medications. Yes, I sure have a reason to give up with all the high serotonin my body has endured, but no I won't give in. I must now take an SNRI. So, for years I have gone untreated for my severe depression. I was recently prescribed the medication that should help me, but the migraine side effect is to painful. Once again, I must try another med. I am not feeling well at all! I admit it's not easy for me! Once again I will not give up. Why? Because I love myself! I love life, family and must forge on until my day is taken by a higher power. By the way my husband was mentally ill and took his own life in 2004! He gave up on life! He missed his beautiful daughters and grand children. We all suffer from his life loss; it never heals the broken heart. So, never ever give up.❤
  • There is no need to fear mental illness disorders; be aware.
  • Tomorrow will be better!
  • Be good to yourself.
  • It's a hard road to travel, with lots of bumps and potholes... But knowing SO many, many others like you are out there doing battle every day can make it a little bit easier. No stigma with this… It's too widespread! You've got plenty of company! MEDS and counseling can and do work wonders.
  • I have struggled with bipolar disorder everyday. Many people have walked away from me because they did not understand. I want to let you know two things: 1) there are people who care and 2) there is help out there. Know you are not alone. Reach out. NAMI has local chapters in your state as well as DBSA. There may be other programs like Peer Support. Many of us fight the fight with you.
  • Your illness does not define you! #SendHope
  • Let's turn the discussion from #mentalillness to #mentalhealth: http://bit.ly/1PzXH0w #GivingTuesday #sendhope
  • Hang in there. Give it to G-d and never give up.
  • We are all human and sometimes life throws us a curve ball... Mental illnesses aren't always self conflicted so if you have a mental illness be around people who don't judge you... And LOVE unconditionally.
  • Do not be ashamed to go for treatment. There are meds now to help manage almost all conditions!
  • Never ever give up hope; your recovery could be right around the corner.
  • Everything is better when shared, especially the dark stuff!
  • Don't give up hope. It probably is the only thing keeping you going. Please ask for help if you need it to keep fighting. You are worth it!
  • Never be afraid to ask for help! It could save your life! #sendhope
  • If you can overcome the fear of what others think of you, you will no longer have to feel this way ever again. The world is a beautiful place when you are one with it and others are there to help. You do not feel different than others; there are millions of others like you out there. I know this because I was in that dark place eight years ago and I reached out and clawed my way out. You can be ok! People want to help! You are loved.
  • We are warriors every day. How hard the struggle is 24/7 and it takes a toll sometimes but never ever give up. Bless us all.
  • TODAY is the day to Take A Stand against bullying and invoke The Artist Within, which will inspire courage and lead to the right path of treatment for resulting addiction, depression, and anxiety.
  • "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. #SendHope
  • No one should be ashamed of their mental illnesses.
  • Treatment=compassion! There is no place for judgment in our offices. #GivingTuesday from NH.
  • We all need hope at the holidays. Give back. Feel good. @CaronTreatment #sendhope #GivingTuesdayBerks pic.twitter.com/sKET4fQ77F
  • We are so blessed!!!❤
  • Lord help all our people with addictions. Never give up, G-d is with you.
  • You are not alone. It may seem dark at this moment…
    It's the calm in the storm while angel wings unfurl
    That shields You in His Love
    As the lightening flashes about,
    The Master takes Command.
    He's the Miracle About.
    Create a Miracle Today.
    It's your Destiny when Christ You Choose.
    Miracles, big and small, are gifts from Above.
    Create One in Your Life Today.
    You are not alone... There are people that CARE