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“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit. “Does it hurt?”
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real, you don’t mind being hurt. And it doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
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This an excerpt from my favorite book, The Velveteen Rabbit. After I transitioned and re-read these words, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I felt like this passage was written just for me. As every transgender person knows, it takes extraordinary strength and courage to transition—to become Real. And like far too many transgender people, I’ve experienced hatred, judgment, and intolerance simply because I chose this difficult journey and decided that despite the challenges and despite the pain, I needed to become Real. So to anyone who does not accept us for who we are, I say this: you judge us not for who we are, but because you yourself are not strong enough to undertake the difficult and painful yet tremendously beautiful journey that is becoming Real.
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#transisbeautiful #thevelveteenrabbit

Finally back in Toronto 🇨🇦🚦
And, here I am guys.
Hanging out in my crop top, which only took 27 years to gain the confidence for. (Still can only sometimes wear it and THATS OK!)
SO. FIRST 👇👇👇👇👇
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I NEVER download new apps, I honestly don't need. I've got you guys, I've got my food delivery apps, I've got my homies, what else do I need?? No actually tho lolol.
I came across an app called @lyf_app 🌿 where its an online community talking about topics like world travels, aspirations, mental health grief, and duh of course FOOD.
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I was FREAKIN HOOKED.
I started "supporting journeys" and instead of just "liking" something I pressed "you inspired me." I was getting SUCH positive vibes from this little thing!!!!! I ended up finding them here on Instagram and I actually messaged THEM about working with me. (Influencers don't usually do that, just saying just sayin 💁💁💁💁💁)
They're on the exact same page with me about COMMUNITY BUILDING and making sure that we're creating safe spaces to talk about things that NEED to be talked about. 👈👈👈👈👈
You know how we post something and we worry about trolls coming and infiltrating our space????
THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN WITH LYF. #NOTROLLS
I mean.. not yet lol. Its the safest space digitally that I've been. I've made anonymous posts, public posts, private posts and the feedback has been soooo heart warming.
Honestly?! 100% more positive then this space.
I'm gonna share the link to them in my bio, you guys can find me under there as Kenzie Brenna.
I am so excited to follow all your journeys if you guys post you have to message me to let me know so I can read them!!
POSITIVE PROACTIVE SPACES ONLY.
Good vibes guys, good vibes.
@lyf_app
#safespace
#recoverywarrior
#communitybuilding
#bekindtooneanother

Allhamdullilah! After a few sleepless night and several character breakdown, ITS DONE!! Seriously rasa nak nangis je! Harap everything is okay! InsyaAllah, Amin Ya Rabb! #endstigma #endhiv #hiv #aids #thesiswritinginprogress

You know you're too sensitive when this made you cry 😅 So, how are you guys, really? -
Reposted from @strutbymic ・・・
When someone asks you, "How are you?" do you respond with "I'm good" and "I'm fine," or do you tell the truth and provide how you REALLY are feeling? Beauty brand @lovephilosophy recently released a PSA where it asked strangers, "How are you, really?" hoping to end mental health stigmas by encouraging conversations about these topics still considered "taboo" by many. The PSA is a part of Philosophy's hope & grace initiative, which was started in 2014 with an ongoing donation of 1% of sales of every product to different mental health organizations. This video ☝is super powerful. So we're asking you, how are you, really? Respond below 👇
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#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #mentalillnessawareness #mentalhealthwarrior #depression #anxiety #mentalhealthmatters #recoveryispossible #endstigma #stigmafree #body4me #selfcare #selflove #everybodyisbeautiful #allbodiesaregoodbodies #effyourbeautystandards #beautystandards #bopo #bopowarrior #bodyposi #bodypos #bodypositive

Happy International Dance Day to all the dancers around the world. My ultimate passion that has saved my life mentally during crises.
Special thanks to my lovely professors from York University, Sashar and Ilse, as well as world renowned Prof. Langley for the priceless experiences and lessons they provided me, whether it'd been performance or event management/production related. Thank you a million!
Remember: "We are all dancers. We dance everyday. Human movement is dance", Sashar Zarif - York University World Dance Practices.
#InternationalDanceDay #MentalHealthAwareness #EndStigma #EventManagement

We talk about dengue and swine flu, but for some reason we refuse to talk about Depression,
Why?!
#stopstigma #fightdepression •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Guys this is our first attempt at making an official YouTube video ( click the link in the bio to watch the video ).
It is regarding spreading the awareness about Depression and the stigma associated with it; It is a part of world health day 2017 campaign.
Please do share it among your friends and help us spread the awareness.
The more you share, the greater is our chance to save someone's life :)
#endstigma #seekhelp #fightdepression

Sorting through client photos and emails on @forgoodpgh 's legacy project, Hello Hijab. "Having dolls that look like my mom and family makes me feel like we belong." -customer in Chicago 💕 #endstigma #spreadlove #hellohijab #werepair

A #myunfilteredlife post from Elaine. ----- I'm not asking for sympathy in sharing this, more that I want to be open about my experiences in the hope of helping others who may feel alone with their pain. It's very personal so please be gentle if you want to comment. Thanks.
I am not my illness, although I have suffered from depression since I was 15, I am now 34. The feeling of deadness, despair, horror is so familiar that it almost seems to have become a part of me, my personality. An old friend, I wear it like a cloak for even though it is utterly terrible, it also serves me in some ways. My depression means that I don't have to do anything, I don't have to risk, feel, live! I am safe under my duvet, safe from responsibility, stress, emotion but is this really living? Isn't life about feeling the beautiful highs and desperate lows? I'm much more than my illness, I am a woman, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an artist, a humanitarian, a socialist, a human being! Maybe it's time to venture out from under the covers and experience life in all its wonderful glory! #depression #mentalhealth #mentalillness #health #scotland #myunfilteredlife #mentalhealthmatters #endstigma #enddiscrimination #mentalhealthawareness

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What we eat has a huge influence on how we feel, both physically and mentally. When you put good food into your body, you improve your energy, focus and productivity and you feel better too. Reflect on how different foods make you feel. It can be easy to rush through the day without taking note of the way our diet affects our mood, energy and general sense of wellbeing. If you find yourself forgetting, carry a little notebook or use your notes app on your iPhone and jot down some notes after each meal. This way you can start to recognise any patterns and understand which foods leave you feeling great and which don't. 🍓🥑🍎🍌🥗

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Allhamdullilah! After a few sleepless night and several character breakdown, ITS DONE!! Seriously rasa nak nangis je! Harap everything is okay! InsyaAllah, Amin Ya Rabb! #endstigma #endhiv #hiv #aids #thesiswritinginprogress

As someone who has lived with mental illness for as long as I can remember, I often wonder what it would be like not to have constant urges to perform tics and compulsions, not to have highly intense emotions, and not to be physically debilitated by anxiety. Then, I take a step back from my loud and curious mind and I remember that I am the person I am today, in part, because of the barriers I’ve encountered related to my diagnoses. As I’ve said before, mental illness is not who I am. It is what I battle. Wouldn’t you agree that our battles are some of our most defining moments? I think so. There’s the expression, “choose your battles wisely”. I didn’t have the chance to pick and choose and sort out what kind of hardships I would face in life and neither did you. If our battles determine who we will be and how we will act, then I think the expression would be more effective if it suggested that we “wisely battle the things you don’t choose”. It takes a lot of energy to put myself against stigma and judgment and all that yucky stuff but I would rather fight my battle by advocating for better public education than by fighting and resisting the plain fact that I have mental illness. Life is a gamble with the universe that isn’t all sunshine. It’s what we choose to do with the cloudy days that will make a difference. Be passionate, be brave, be a good listener, and be loving as you go about life. In turn you will have acquired enough wisdom to take on each new battle with more success than the last. 💜💜 p.s. I follow back!

Sorting through client photos and emails on @forgoodpgh 's legacy project, Hello Hijab. "Having dolls that look like my mom and family makes me feel like we belong." -customer in Chicago 💕 #endstigma #spreadlove #hellohijab #werepair

Get out and live sober! #lgbtqi #endstigma #sobriety #bgcconsulting

My therapist is always reminding me I'm not qualified to diagnose everyone in my life just because I have a copy of the DSM-V... but I can make observations 😏
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Maybe with his healthcare plan only helping the rich he'll finally be able to afford a psychiatrist and get some mood stabilizing meds!
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#bipolar #bipolar2 #bipolardisorder #bipolarproblems #america #ahca #murica #merica #healthcare #politicalmemes #politicalhumor #dsm5

The Schools for Hope is a new curriculum project developed by iFred (the International Foundation for Research and Education on
Depression). It is based on research that suggests hope is a teachable skill. It aims is to equip students, educators, and parents with the tools they need to find and maintain Hope even during the most trying of times. The Health improvement service of the WHSCT is currently running a pilot of this programme in partnership with The Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, Ulster University and Local Schools. The programme will be delivered in 4 primary and 2 secondary schools in the local area.

The programme is a Mental Health and Well-being Awareness Programme for Primary/Secondary level led by the Western Health and Social Care Trust and Health Improvement Department and Community. The Schools For Hope Programme is a 10 week programme offered within the school, by trained Hope facilitators for primary 6 & 7 children. The Programme is being monitored by Ulster University.

The Schools for Hope Conference will launch the results of the programme to date.

This is what a happy fundraiser looks like! Judy is one of our top fundraisers (again) and will be riding in the 15km wave. We'll see her sporting her top fundraiser jersey on Sunday, June 25. *** Online registration closes Saturday, June 24 at 6pm. 🚴‍♀️👉 Join the movement, ride and donate today: ridedonthide.com

#ridedonthide #cmhaniagara #endStigma #mentalhealth #cycling #charity #fundraiser

"In every #community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every #heart, there is the #power to do it." Happy to be part of an amazing organization and cause. #LatinosSalud #lgbt #healthequity #endstigma 💙

#Repost from @actingoutfest with @regram.app ... CALL FOR ARTISTS! Acting Out! art show 2017. This is a call for all artists of any age or demographic whose art pertains to mental health, mental illness and addiction - be it through your own battles or as a friend of family member of someone struggling.
This show will take place September 15, 2017 at Derek Hess Gallery, 78th Street Studios in Gordon Square, Cleveland, OH
The mission of ACTING OUT! is to break down stigmas and create awareness of mental illness, dual diagnosis and addiction through a four day series of public art events, including film, visual art, music, comedy and panel discussion.
Mental illness, addiction and creative brilliance often go hand and hand. Artists, like Derek Hess, are in a unique position when it comes to starting dialogues about intimate, yet universal, struggles without as much fear of judgement.
For more information contact michella@strhess.com
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#art #drawing #draw #drawings #artist #artwork #cle #cleveland #thisiscle #mixedmedia #penandink #heart #mentalhealth #addict #anxiety #dualdiagnosis #bipolar #depression #mentalillness #psychology #selfcare #suicide #suicideprevention #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #endstigma #actingout #mentalhealthmonth #hereforyou

Search for the beauty - even when it seems impossible ❤ #DirectIt #mentalhealth #selflove

Tony @animalia_apparel talks about his experiences with #mentalhealth, and the things that have helped him tun his life around.
Apparently when I was younger I was loud, outgoing and very friendly. Maybe too friendly as I would walk up to strangers and ask them to be my friend.
As I got older I began to put on a little weight but I excelled at sport, I could run, jump and climb. I could play, golf, football, tennis, honestly literally anything.
My eating habits where very impressive for someone so young and little. I would eat far more than most people my age and compete with adults, I was known to finish off family members’ plates.
Around 13/15 it slowly dried up I was pretty good at football but because I was overweight, it affected me more and more as time went on. I had the chance to try out for football teams but was petrified about getting changed in front of other boys, this is something that got worse when I got older.
Then I began to drink at 15. I was the guy who could down a bottle of MD in one go and had the “good personality“.
Being active became less a priority and drinking to get drunk was my favourite thing to do. I enjoyed the buzz and the feeling it gave me. It helped me become someone else.
I decided one night I was done with life. I went downstairs and took tablets from the cupboards. Went up to my room and swallowed the lot.
For years I really thought I was ‘crazy’, I thought it would never end and wasn’t sure what the future held for me.
For the last 10 years I have battled with my mind, but I also began to achieve things and finally find myself.
I am not scared to speak up and tell everyone who I am. I want others to feel comfortable in their own skin.
Read Tony's story here: https://www.seemescotland.org/stigma-discrimination/personal-stories/personal-stories/tonys-story/ #mentalhealth #thursdaythoughts #depression #mentalillness #health #fitness #anxiety #endstigma #enddiscrimination #wellbeing #letstalk #personalstory

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