The My3 app gives you a space to think ahead and take care of your future self if you need some extra support. Decide on three people that you can call if you're feeling desperate or if you are wanting to hurt yourself. Make a safety plan ahead of time so that you know what resources are available to you. There is support out there for you, and now it's at your fingertips.
Sharing some reminders this week in line with National Suicide Prevention month.
This is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline chat page.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
Did you know that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available to anyone feeling suicidal or distressed? Or if you're not feeling good and it's 2am and you need to talk to someone. It's free and confidential. The phone number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
There's also a chat function on the website.
There's a specific line for Spanish speakers (1-888-628-9454), and another for Veterans (1-800-273-8255).
Here is all of the information that you need.
There is someone available to talk with you 24/7 if you need support.
I'm linking to this short (17 minutes) New Yorker documentary titled "The Pause: A Brief Contemplation of Scott's Infertility."
It follows a couple over the course of a year after they find out that the husband, Scott, is infertile. He grapples with his grief and his questions. What makes a family? What happens when your family doesn't look like the way you dreamed it would? How do you navigate this as a couple?
July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Mental Health Month.
This post from @browngirltherapy speaks to the specific mental health struggles that children of immigrants may face.
I recently discovered the delightful, whimsical, and encouraging art of Jackie of chibird.com. I love her messages of taking good care of yourself, and treating yourself with gentleness and compassion.
This is yesterday's post about progress. Being productive and making progress can look so differently for each of us depending on so many things.
Are you struggling with feeling "productive" or making progress right now? What's your definition of "productive"? And does that definition fit with what's going on, the stage of life you're in, and the emotional weight that you're carrying?
This is a very candid and raw book about going through and surviving a miscarriage. While weaving her own story throughout, Dr. Sunita Osborn covers the physical, emotional, and relational experiences of a miscarriage and the aftermath. At the end of each chapter, she suggests an exercise related to the topic covered in the chapter.
I'm thinking that Dr. Osborn wrote this shortly following her two miscarriages which is why her observations are spot-on and real. That said, there is an undertone of bitterness and anger, and that is completely understandable. If you're looking for a book with a happy ending and tidy end, this is not that book.
This is my go-to book whenever I'm asked for a book recommendation about miscarriage. Recommended if you or your spouse has experienced (or is experiencing) a miscarriage. Also recommended to any friend or family member who wants to know how to best support someone who is grieving.
I love a good book list.
Here are a few of the lists that I'm finding titles from right now:
35 Fantastic LGBT Books to Read this Pride Month
Anti-racism resources for white people
101 powerful books to celebrate Black History all year long
The Ultimate LGBTQIA+ Pride Book List
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has introduced a new podcast called SART Fertility Experts. Check out their first episode: What is IVF?
I’m Elaine Gee-Wong and I'm a therapist with a private practice in Santa Clara, CA.
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