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As a Kid I’m Scared

As a kid, I’m scared.

I’m scared I’m going to go to school and not come home.

I’m scared the environment is going to heck and evenscared kid

scared that in a few years, there will be

no safe places for abortions,

or getting birth control,

or being counted as a felon if I miscarry.

It’s really infuriating to feel hopeless and to feel like nothing can be changed or will change, and even if it could, we’re just kids, so what the hell can we do?

Actually, we can do a lot! Yeah, it won’t be easy, and sometimes, you get horrible reactions from adults who totally ignore you, but in my experience, most people are more than willing to listen, you just have to put a little work into finding those people.teens for change
For me, speaking out was the way I started working towards some semblance of recovery, but now, speaking out is more than that, it’s necessary. Teen voices need to be heard, they deserve to because we’re all valid and it doesn’t matter that we’re young, we know more than they could ever know. I, for one, am tired of remaining silent, and if you are too, here are some ways to get involved and make a difference.

  1. Project We Care Colorado – Shameless self-marketing, Project We Care Colorado is a youth-led youth-driven statewide organization focused on educating and advocating for mental health, decreasing stigma and making resources available and affordable for everyone in need. We’ve got journalism opportunities, mental health resources, have worked closely with legislators (House Bill 1120 passed!) and have plenty of ways to get you involved!Project We Care Colorado
  2. Your local school district wellness committee – This one’s a great one. I’m not sure if every school district does this, but for Eagle County School District our school board started this committee with different community members to create a comprehensive plan for bettering the schools! Groups like these are awesome, but usually lack and desperately need youth voices, so get involved! Start by emailing your superintendent if you have any questions or concerns, they’re usually super responsive and helpful.Stand Up to Stigma
  3. March For Our Lives – Most of you know this one, it’s a favorite of mine, and I have a few sweatshirts of theirs! March For Our Lives is a national campaign whose mission is to harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives. You can create your own chapter or join another one, but it’s a wonderful program.
    March for Our Lives
  4. Why We Rise – Why We Rise is part of a national movement to transform the mental health care system. We demand that easy access to quality care be recognized as a civil right. Everyone deserves to be well. This is a super cool organization that has a bunch of ways to get involved, definitely recommend.
    Why We Rise
  5. Different Mental Health Trainings – Try Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mental Health First Aid, and Question Persuade Refer trainings. Ask around your community for different openings for these trainings because they’re fairly infrequent, but reach out to Mollie Fiore from Speak Up Reach Out to find more information and bring these trainings to your town!

Speak Up Reach Out

Most of these are mental health based, but there are so many different opportunities out there waiting for you, and if you can’t find any you like – make your own! None of what I’m suggesting is simple or mindless. It requires lots of hard work, but I promise you, it’s gonna be worth it.

My goal is to be who I want to be now, and it’s helped me out more than I can explain. Going against the flow is terrifying and intimidating, but if you’re going to do it, go big or home. One way or another you’ve tried and made an impact, and that’s truly all that matters.
If you need any help let me know! I’d love to bounce ideas off of each other, and I think I’m a fairly good resource bank. Take your pills, stay hydrated, eat some food, take good care of yourself physically emotionally and mentally.

 

Support Yourself & Make Good Decisions

Teen Mental Health

Go look up mental health memes that help you support yourself. Just do it. Now look up sexual health memes. They’re both pretty fantastic, because memes are honestly

one of the best things that have ever graced this earth.

Now before you get totally lost scrolling to support yourself through these memes (as I literally just did), I’ve got a few things to say.making bad decisions doesn't support yourself

  1. Teen mental health controls every single aspect of our lives.
  2. If you’re generally stable for the time being, you’re most likely going to make decisions that are aimed at supporting yourself.
  3. However, when you’re depressed, you tend to get careless; especially with big decisions like sex.

With mental illness, it’s hard to care, because it may seem like

there’s no point, that

you’re not worth taking care of yourself, or anything of the sorts.

Everyone has different coping coping mechanisms to support yourselfmechanisms, but one that I’ve mainly come across has been teens using sex and intimacy to fill the emptiness mental illness creates.

Well, if you haven’t realized this already, that can be extremely damaging not only to your psyche, but also to you physically,

with unwanted pregnancy, STI’s,

and just generally can mess with your self worth

once you come out of your depressive episode.

Besides the obvious “make sure to use protection no matter what,” what should we, as teenagers, do when we absolutely feel like shit?Feeling like shit isn't good mental health

Staying on the mental health side of things, I know that there

aren’t enough resources to help everyone who needs it, and that

the extent of places to get help is way less than it needs to be, but I also know that

there are things you can do in order to keep yourself from jumping off the ledge,

jumping off the ledge isn't a step to recovery

both physically and metaphorically.

Try to find things to keep you busy;

volunteering

sports

anything and everything

to help you move

away from a negative state of mind.

Steps Towards Recovery

And although this won’t ‘cure’ you, it can help you make steps towards recovery and help you avoid negative decisions and dangerous coping mechanisms that can harm your entire being.

Garfield County PREP has an amazing summer intern program – so I’ve been told, I actually live in Eagle – that is perfect for just this, or you can become involved in Project We Care Colorado, a state wide completely teen-led organization set on educating and advocating for mental health and decreasing stigma.

Project We Care Colorado teen mental healthOur board is composed mainly of teens who are on their road to recovery after extreme mental illness, and we are dedicated to making a change in our mental health landscape.

 

Be safe kids.

Making Smart Choices towards mental health

Wear a helmet

(and a condom).

Make smart choices and remember:

Even if things seem pointless right now, try to act like you care, so when you actually do, you haven’t completely gone off track from getting the wonderful life you want and deserve.

Take Care Good DecisionsTake your pills,

stay hydrated,

eat some food,

take good care of yourself

physically

emotionally

and mentally.