We tend to hide and isolate when we are struggling, causing us to disconnect from those around us.
But what we need most when we are struggling is connection.
Listen to Yourself.
Identify Common Patterns.
Voice For Relief.
Even though we ALL struggle it can be hard to start the conversation.
Try saying “I’m having a rough time and would love to talk to someone. If you’re available?”
Sometimes pairing with an activity can help.
“I’m not doing so well, could we go for a walk and talk?”
“I’m struggling and wondering if we could go for a drive and chat.“
It’s OK to let them know exactly what you need before you tell them what is going on for you.
“I am having a hard time and need to talk. It would be helpful if you just listened and not jump to what you think I should do.“
We know talking to and connecting with someone can help. If it doesn’t feel safe to reach out to someone you know, you can reach out to Crisis Text Line or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They will listen. You don’t have to do this alone.
We tend to create a negative narrative.
Listen to the chatter in your head.
Ask yourself, “What am I saying to myself all day?”
Being kind to yourself is the best thing you can do for your mental health.
We can be our own worst critic.
Forgive yourself for regrettable missteps.
Treat yourself as you would a friend or the younger you.
Accept and love all the parts of you.
We can hold ourselves to impossible standards.
Let go of comparisons.
We’re all perfectly imperfect.
No one has life figured out, so why do you expect yourself to?
You’re not alone in your imperfectness.
Self-compassion can grow when we connect with experiences that bring us joy.
Listen to music that elevates your mood.
Let your creativity flow: draw, paint, write, play an instrument, read, sing, cook
Engage in playful activities: games, dance, sports, water activities
Move your body: walk in nature, yoga, swim, bike ride, run
Being with kind and caring people effects how you treat yourself.
Seek out those you have meaningful and positive connections with.
Spend time with friends and family who make you feel most like YOU.
*IF YOU ARE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AND NEED HELP PLEASE REACH OUT TO A PROFESSIONAL IMMEDIATELY. The Liv Project is NOT a professional organization in the mental health field. The Liv Project does NOT offer psychiatric, medical or any other professional advice. We are NOT a crisis center. Our organization was founded by individuals who have lost friends and family members to suicide. Our goal is to build a community where we share information with each other that we have gathered about mental health resources and facilities and NOT to serve as a substitute for sound, professional, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you or a friend is in need of help, you should immediately seek that help and advice from qualified mental health professionals. This website is for informational purposes only. Please note that The Liv Project shall NOT be responsible for the content or services provided by any organizations, individuals or other resources referenced on our website or which you become aware of through this website, publications or other materials and information provided to you by or which you have become aware of through The Liv Project. The main goal of The Liv Project is to help people in distress get information about the professional resources that are out there so that we can together help prevent mental health crises from ending in suicide.