How to Maintain Positivity During Quarantine

This week for #WarriorWednesday, Caroline McKeown was back with a new episode of #DearCaroline from quarantine to talk about maintaining positivity and mental health during this situation. She says it’s okay to feel your emotions if you’re forced to quarantine. Being isolated for 14 days is hard, and it’s okay to be sad about that. She also says, though, to …

You’re Allowed to Ask for Help

2020 has been a year of loss. Whether it’s loss of experiences, social connection, school, work, or loved ones, we have all had something or someone taken from us. The universal grief we are all feeling has never happened on such a large scale. Everyone has experienced loss, everyone’s life has changed, some more so than others. Everyone expresses their …

Pre-Race Warrior Run Throwback

This week for #WarriorWednesday, as we approached race week, we wanted to do a little throwback to last year’s Warrior Run. We’re definitely going to miss seeing all of you in person this year, but we’re looking forward to seeing all the amazing ways our Warriors build a virtual race community! Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s Warrior Run looks …

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 …

Coping with Back to School Anxiety

This week for #WarriorWednesday, #DearCaroline discussed anxiety about going back to school and how to deal with the unknowns. She gave a few tips on how to approach this new school year. First, go in with an open mindset, no matter what your school is doing. Be open to the way this year is going to look. Next, remind yourself …

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, …