Do you remember that time when you didn’t know pulling out your hair, picking at your skin or biting on your nails was a THING, like a MENTAL HEALTH THING?
Do you remember that time when you felt ALONE, ASHAMED & EMBARRASSED?
Well, there are still MILLIONS out there stuck in “that time.” With 1 in 25 Americans suffering from BFRBs, your story is bound to hit home for a handful of loved ones who need to hear your words of strength & courage.
Your bravery and voice are needed to end the stigma.
Join us and #SeeMeStand (with pride)!!
If you are you ready to join us, here are some ideas:
1) Share Your Story on Social Media
Here’s an example of one brave soul:
Not yet ready to approach the megaphone?
No worries, at the least share your story with ME!
Why? Well for one it’s cathartic. Two, the more we share, the less stigma there will be around the disorders. Increased awareness equals increased understanding, increased support, increased funding, and maybe even one day, a cure.
So, click the button below, let your story out & let me be your voice. I’ll share a select few via Facebook Live!
2) Ask your local paper to write about trichotillomania, dermatillomania or another body focused repetitive behavior.
3) Get your school talking about & supporting mental health.
Reach out to your (or your child’s) science teacher, health teacher or guidance counselor. See if you can do an informational session in one of your classes.
Or dust off your art skills and design a poster for your classroom or hallway so classmates can learn more about bfrb’s on their own time and, hey, maybe you’ll get extra credit too!
This idea is not just limited to school! Maybe your talk will be at your college, your office, your church/temple, or other local community group. And don’t forget, BFRB.org has a ton of resources for your next speaking event!
4) Educate your primary care physician.
Yep. That’s right. Tell your doctor. You see, “trichotillomania” and “dermatillomania” get, like, maybe 3 sentences in a textbook sometime during a medical professional’s YEARS of training. Remind them what it is, some of the classic signs & how folks are getting help these days (psychological treatment, our Keen smart behavior tracking bracelet, NAC, fidget toys etc.) Educate your doctor so they can help others!
5) Host a walk-a-thon fundraiser
Quick! Gather some friends & host a walk-a-thon at your local park before it’s too cold! Ask your friends to donate to TLC Foundation for BFRBs, Canadian BFRB Support Network or PickingMe Foundation. Make a day of it with a pot-luck picnic, t-shirts & signs. Be sure to tell all those people in the park that are staring at your group WHY you are walking — you never know, with 1 in 25 picking, biting or pulling, you may help a stranger learn that they are not alone with their BFRB!
Have other ideas on how to raise awareness? Share them in the comments!
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When I received my Keen, I trained it for twirling and hair pulling on the left side of my head and for skin picking on the top of my head. I really appreciated the option to change the detection settings depending on my body position, since I usually do my habits most when I’m laying on the couch or sitting at my desk. I hardly ever take Keen off! When my Keen is charging, I still wear the strap as a reminder to help train my brain. I even wear it to sleep!
In today’s guest post, our Keen family member, Amber Bodeur, who’s been “Conquering with Keen, now shares how she found the courage - and the support - to start a support group in her hometown.
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