Grant Yourself Time to Reset

It’s funny how the unpredictability of COVID has led to my daily routine becoming the most predictable it’s ever been. It’s almost like this pandemic has given me the chance to reset and evaluate what really matters. Before COVID, I was all over the place. This January, I had three different jobs, I was overextending my budget, I was running …

#DearCaroline Talks Peer Pressure

This week for #WarriorWednesday, Caroline McKeown shared another episode of her #DearCaroline vlog talking about peer pressure as it relates to the pandemic. With school going back, it can be easy to slip back into our old ways because we all want things to just go back to normal. It’s so important, though, to remind ourselves to keep following the …

1N5 Continues Trainings for Local School Staff

It was another very busy week for 1N5 training school staff to get them ready for school to resume. We started off the week working with Hamilton City Schools where we coordinated training for the entire staff of over 800 in topics of Mental Health: Normal Development/Adolescent Response to COVID,  Top Disorders/Symptoms, Referral Process, Mindfulness and De-Escalation Techniques. We held …

Find Someone to Lean On

It’s been about five months since the world turned upside down. Five months of quarantine, social distancing, and isolation. Five months of masks, hand sanitizer, and Zoom calls. Five months of learning how to adapt to survive in an entirely new environment. For folks living with mental illness, survival means something different right now. It means learning how to let …

You Already Have the Strengths Within You

It felt a little rusty to give a speech last week. I have given speeches here and there during COVID, but none consistently as I had been doing pre-COVID. I was a bit nervous and took a lot of time to prepare and make sure I was ready to go and knew what to say. After the presentation was over, …

Leave Your Burdens Behind

So we all know we’re living in an unprecedented time. I feel like a broken record every time I say it, but it’s true. The world has never been so universally impacted by anything before COVID, and we’re all learning how to cope with this new way of life. From mask mandates to planning for school and the future, nothing …

Student Mental Health Advocate Takes Over Insta Stories

This week for #freeyourmindfriday, Diya, an incoming freshman at UC and mental health advocate, took over our Instagram stories to talk about dealing with burnout and depression. Check out her bio below! Diya is 18 years old and an incoming freshman at the University of Cincinnati. She is excited to be majoring in Medical Sciences and minoring in Psychology. Diya …

Overcoming the Fear of the Future

This week for #WarriorWednesday, Caroline McKeown was back with another #DearCaroline vlog on overcoming the anxiety of uncertainty and the fear of the future. She says that this is one of her biggest fears, and it has pushed her back so many times. Especially now, when no one knows what’s going to happen next due to COVID, many teens are struggling …

Don’t Let Stress Steal Your Joy

Planning a wedding during COVID has hands down been one of the most stressful things of my life. I had everything planned early, to prevent the stress I am feeling now. And then COVID messed up every single plan, and we were back at step 1, preplanning a wedding in a short amount of time. There have been countless meltdowns, …