Mental Health Awareness Month

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We are approaching the end of the month of May, and if you knew it or not, May is officially, Mental Health Awareness Month.  There are so many things that could be address or discussed regarding this issue, however I feel that it is important to note one simple thing:  Mental Health Matters.

No matter you race, color, creed, religion or financial status, Mental Health Matters.  We all have moment of the need for mental health treatment, and the real issue is that not many of us seek that treatment when we need it.  We turn to substances, people, things or we go into avoidance mode.  Because we don’t know how to deal with things, we choose to simply not deal with them.  This serves no one.  It definitely does you no good.

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I too have had moments where I have been depressed, down, extremely sensitive and unable to adequately express my emotions.  I have been to counseling, and as a therapist and coach I have counseled others.  I know hurt pain, loss, rejection, loneliness,  sadness and grief.  I have watch loved ones die, I have seen the effect of addiction and I have had to make medical decision for my parent not knowing if he would live or die.  At some point in time we all endure some or most of these things and it takes a toll on our mental health.

As we near the end of Mental Health Awareness month, I want to let you know that you are not alone on this journey.  There are people who are here to listen to help and to just be there if that is what you need.  I have some amazing friends, those who will just hold the phone while I cry, those who take me out for ice cream, and those who know those things I may be ashamed or embarrassed to share with anyone else.  Other than going to see my therapist, who may not always be available when I need her, these people help me to survive.  They are my life line.

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My advice would be to seek help if you need it.  If you don’t feel like yourself, if you feel loss, down, discouraged, if you lack the energy or the desire to do anything or go anywhere, you need to consider talking to someone.  You do not always have to go and find a high priced prestigious therapist.  There are lots of free resources that can get you started on your journey to healing.

The first place to start is with your health insurance.  If you have health insurance, contact you insurance provider and ask about mental health services.  For most employer provided insurances the information may be on your insurance card.  If you are uninsured or if your employer does not provide mental health services organizations such as NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Health have locations around the world that can assist you.

The second thing I would suggest is to build a support system.  Find people who will avail themselves to you, people who will listen and people who will be encouraging but not participate in a pity a party.  People who will help you move past the rut you may find yourself in.  And also be ready when you can to reciprocate when needed.

Finally, do not let stigma keep you from receiving the help and assistance you deserve.  Know that there is nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with mental illness or asking for help.  Millions of people suffer daily and while many do not receive the care or treatment they deserve, millions are speaking up and speaking out daily.  You are not alone on this journey.  It is absolutely ok to ask for and receive help.  Most of the time it is only a phone call away.

Be Blessed! Be Fabulous!

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Hilton Bonnet Creek

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I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, while attending BlogHer17.  And I must say that it was a pleasure!  I had a wonderful room that not only overlooked the pool, but I could see Disney World and the nightly Disney fireworks display.  As a person who LOVES fireworks, this was definitely a bonus for me.  From the lazy rive and water slide in the pool area, to the pool bar and restaurant with excellent food, my stay at the Hilton Bonnet Creek was amazing.

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From check-in to check-out the Hilton Bonnet Creek provided a great time during the weekend.  One of things that rated Hilton Bonnet Creek higher for me was the exceptional customer service.  Upon arrival, I was early, my room was not ready, I was allowed to leave my bags with the Bellmen while I went to the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Spa for a pedicure and a little bit of relaxation in their Tea Room.  While walking back to the Hilton, I managed to cut my foot and upon the realization, the staff provided me with band-aids and asked repeatedly, if I was ok or needed anything additional.  They even had security to bring be triple antibiotic ointment.

The first day there was a long travel day and I was able to go out to the poolside bar Beech, where I had an awesome salad as well as a Hibiscus Margarita, which was AMAZING!  While I would have loved to have spent some time on the hotel’s lazy river, I never got a chance to experience that Beech was not my only option,  The Myth Bar was a lifesaver open 24 hours it offered not only a great selection of cocktails, the food was pretty good as well.  Zeta, the Asian themed restaurant offered a daily happy hour with $5.00 sushi and discounted wine.  I guess there is no wonder I can home with a few extra pounds to work off.

Not only was the Hilton Bonnet Creek a great spot for the BlogHer17 Conference, It was a great spot for families as well.  Many of the conference attendees came with their families and the hotel provided plenty for the families to engage in while we attended the conference.  There was even an on-site game room as well as scheduled shuttles to all of the Disney attractions.  How convenient.  I definitely plan to return to the Orlando area and stay at the Hilton Bonnet Creek again.