Your Story Matters

by Ivy Watts from BeautifullySimplyYou  No matter what your story is, know that your story matters. I think it is easy to feel like our story is insignificant because we learn that someone has gone through something worse, and so ours becomes unworthy to tell. I know I sometimes struggle with that, especially when I read the stories of others and …

1N5 + OCD Cakes Cookies for a Cause

This cookie has a cause! In honor of WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, Mental Illness Awareness Week and OCD Awareness Week, OCD Cakes has teamed up with 1N5, a local mental health nonprofit, to create this symbolic cookie for all of our mental health warriors and survivors out there! A percentage of proceeds from this cookie, will go to the organization, …

The Power of Listening

by Ivy Watts from Beautifully Simply You Listening, something so easy to do but yet something that we often have difficulty doing. We are distracted by our phones, by our own problems, or by other people in the room, that we often are not truly listening, not giving our friends and loved ones our full attention when they come to …

New Mental Health Bill for Ohio

According to the CDC, suicide is now the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults ages 10-24. A new report by the Heath Policy Institute of Ohio, showed that the number of yearly suicide deaths by Ohio children ages 8 to 17 has doubled over the last 10 years. Mental health education for youth, kindergarten to college, is …

What Self-Care Means to Me

by Maritza Marciano from RitzaWonderfulLife The trends lately have been #selfcaresaturday or #selfcaresunday but self care is really a lifestyle. Sure, there may be one or two days of the week where you really “treat yo self” but self care is more than pampering. Self care means giving you body what it needs! Taking my medications as prescribed, keeping my …

Letting Go Can Set You Free

I used to crave external validation from all sources in my life, including social media. I used to have a food Instagram page that led me to compare myself to others who were extremely fit and I forced myself to try and emulate a lifestyle that I couldn’t or didn’t even want to.   When I finally realized I needed to …

Finding Her Truth

Maritza Marciano, from RitzaWonderfulLife blog, shares her story with 1N5. 6 Sexual Traumas. 5 Antidepressants. 4 Therapists. 3 Suicide Attempts. 3 Diagnoses. 2 Involuntary Hospitalizations. 2 Psychiatrists. 1 Residential Inpatient Program. Too Many cuts on my body. Too Many Panic Attacks. Too Much Dissociation. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember.  I never really thought anything of the social anxiety, the wanting to die or the idea that everything would be easier if I …

National Suicide Prevention Week Brings Outpouring of Hope

This week, September 9th through 15th, marked National Suicide Prevention Week, which also encompassed World Suicide Prevention Day, which took place on Monday of this week. Our hope…and mission is that next week and beyond, we begin to hear voices shattering the suffocating silence that surrounds mental illness and suicide. We are certain there’s much more work to still be …