how to talk about mental health

As a mental health counseling, I continue to be amazed at the opportunity to be working in mental health at this moment in history. More attention than ever has been put on mental health, smashing stigmas and being compassionate towards ourselves and others. ⠀
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And my own mental health journey continues to influence my own work in this field. This picture I’m posting I have a love-hate relationship with. ⠀
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I love this picture because I was teaching for the first time since having my son, in a beautiful setting, for the most amazing couple on their wedding day and their guests. Afterwards I told my husband how good it felt to be back in the flow and I felt like ME and the best version of me. ⠀
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I hate this picture because it brings back all the insecurities of that chapter in my life. Really, just shy of a year ago. I was insecure with my postpartum body and I was struggling with my own post partum depression. ⠀
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2 weeks before this picture was taken I turned down a job, we decided we were moving to a new state and the fears of the unknown were overwhelming. I was grasping at anything certain, ruminating nonstop, struggling with nursing and having a 3 month old. ⠀
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In this moment, in this picture, I was happy and I showed up. For myself and my students. I was present and grateful. But the feeling was so fleeting because inside I was scared, anxious, depressed and insecure. ⠀
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This picture reminds me of how important it is to check on others, to never assume their outside reflects their inside, to be compassionate and gentle. I’m so thankful for my therapist, my husband, my mom, my sister, and a couple amazing friends who all helped me through my post partum. Not everyone has such strong supports. ⠀
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So show up, please. Show up for yourself by being totally honest about your struggles. Ask for help. Tell people you are not okay. And show up for other people. Check in. When someone comes to mind, follow up on that and call them. ⠀
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We can change the mental health epidemic. It starts with each of us. 

Kerry is the founder of reset brain + body, located in Plymouth, where traditional therapy is elevated through the integration of psychology, yoga and mindfulness. After nearly a decade in corporate human resources in Chicago, Kerry left the field to better help her busy and stressed peers handle life inside and outside of the workplace. Kerry can be found teaching meditation and yoga classes and seeing clients for psychotherapy and yoga therapy at reset brain + body. When she's not at reset brain + body, Kerry can be found spending time exploring her new hometown of Plymouth with her husband, baby boy and dog. Connect with reset brain + body on Instagram & Facebookcheck out the class schedule, or contact us to book an appointment