May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you didn’t know, now you are aware
The world around us affects our mental well being. According to MakeItOK.org, mental health issues can be caused by all or some of the following:
Body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) are mental health disorders that include hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania) and nail biting (onchyophagia). Like many mental health disorders, BFRBs are still taboo. We are not as comfortable vocalizing the issues we face when our brains fail us as we are when we have other physical health illnesses, like cancer or diabetes. This infographic from MakeItOK.org shows that Mental health disorders (they refer to them as “illnesses”) are more common than one would think:
And this video from Mental Health America has a very powerful message. If our bodies fail us, we do not wait to seek medical attention, so why is it that we prolong our mental health disorders, thinking we’ll “get over it” in time? Our bodies don’t heal that way. Our brains don’t heal that way. Mental health disorders are treatable and we should not wait too long to seek help.
Many of us are essentially battling with our own selves. We could all be a little nicer to one another, hopefully for more than just Mental Health Awareness Month.
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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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