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Daily Struggles Only People Who Live With Mental Illness Would Understand

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Daily Struggles Only People Who Live With Mental Illness Would Understand

Although 1 in 4 Americans suffers from some sort of mental illness, the stigma associated with mental illnesses prevents many from seeking treatment or confiding in friends and family. To help lessen and eliminate the stigma, Project 1 in 4 aspires to raise awareness and inspire sufferers of mental illnesses. The eleven cartoons below illustrate with some humor familiar struggles and chagrins of a variety of mental illnesses from mania to bipolar disorder to depression. Mental illness can hurt and be scary, but how we think about this does not have to be so unapproachable. The cartoons aren’t intended to make light of mental illness, but to make it easier to talk about it.

Here are 11 of the 51 cartoons so far.

1. Sometimes you can feel so good you can convince yourself that your mental illness is behind you. But what you, your family, and your friends find out soon enough is that it was literally behind you, waiting for an opportunity to take control.

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always behind me waiting

    2. When your mental illness takes over, you do and say things that in your right mind you would not risk doing otherwise. This can feel scary or incredibly liberating.

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      3. There may be days you feel invincible and convinced that you can do anything you think of doing. The impossible seems possible.

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        4. Even with all the evidence of a wrecked life in front of you, you may still be convinced that you don’t need help or that accepting help is a defeat.

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        no help please

          5. You may seem flighty or unfocused or ditzy and it may seem like you can’t finish what you started, but it’s actually because you have too many thoughts competing for supremacy. You can be smart and capable, but your mental illness trips you at the starting line or the finishing line.

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            6. You are exhausted from all the thinking, all the emotions, or the medications, so you are too tired to enjoy social gatherings. Just getting together can, too, be exhausting if it means pretending everything is all right for everyone.

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              7. Whether it is the medication or the mental illness, sleep deprivation can be a constant aggravation. You can get short tempered or forgetful or ill because you can’t get the sleep you need desperately.

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                8. You might think the odds are in your favor even when they obviously are not. You may see that starving yourself is hurting your health, that staying up night after night is ultimately bad for you, or that having a gun in the home is risky, but your mental illness is louder and shouts everyone else’s advice down.

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                  9. Your friends like you when you are happy and charming, so when you suddenly become mean spirited or depressing, they get frustrated and might just say you are a jerk. You lose friends because they don’t know what to expect from you and don’t like your quick personality and mood changes.

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                    10. Sure, everyone sees things differently, but you see things that are not even there. Large insects climb the walls of your clean apartment, the cracks on the sidewalk open up to be chasms. Your wife of 35 years is suddenly the serial killer you saw on the news the night before.

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                    Delusions

                      11. With public awareness increasing and the stigma lessening, reaching out to others and getting the support from family and friends you need becomes easier each day.

                      POSITIVE TAKE AWAY

                        For 100 days, the organizers of Project 1 in 4 will present pictures from their Instagram account, so you can follow along daily, share, and show support. Their hope and desire is that the awareness spread by these approachable, accessible, and simple cartoons will ultimately lessen the stigma of mental illness. So reach out and show some well-mannered love and make supportive comments after taking the time to educate yourself on the pervasiveness of mental illness. No one should feel alone or that they don’t deserve support.

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                        Last Updated on December 2, 2021

                        The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                        The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                        Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                        There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                        Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                        Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                        Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                        Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                        1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                        2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                        3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                        4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                        5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                        Now on to the checklist!

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                        Here is how your checklist should look

                        1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                        • Tent, poles, stakes
                        • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                        • Extra tarp or canopy
                        • Sleeping bag for each camper
                        • Sleeping pad for each camper
                        • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                        • Pillows
                        • Extra blankets
                        • Chairs
                        • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                        • Lantern
                        • Lantern fuel or batteries

                        2.  KITCHEN

                        • Stove
                        • Fuel for stove
                        • Matches or lighter
                        • Pot
                        • French press or portable coffee maker
                        • Corkscrew
                        • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                        • Food-storage containers
                        • Trash bags
                        • Cooler
                        • Ice
                        • Water bottles
                        • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                        • Cups, mugs
                        • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                        • Cutting board
                        • Foil
                        • soap
                        • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                        • Paper towels
                        • Extra bin for washing dishes

                        3. CLOTHES

                        • Clothes for daytime
                        • Sleepwear
                        • Swimsuits
                        • Rainwear
                        • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                        • Extra layers for warmth
                        • Gloves
                        • Hats

                        4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                        • Sunscreen
                        • Insect repellent
                        • First-aid kit
                        • Prescription medications
                        • Toothbrush, toiletries
                        • Soap

                        5. OTHER ITEMS

                        • Camera
                        • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                        • Maps, area information

                        This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

                        Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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