For those of you who do not know me, my name is Kirsten Fox (most people call me "k"), and I will be working as a Mental Health Intern for The Letter Project. I am a junior at Indiana University Bloomington studying Social Work with a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation, I would like to pursue my Master's Degree in Social Work and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which will allow me to work as a mental health counselor. Personally, I have struggled for several years with Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. Therefore, I know how easy it can be to let your mental health rule your life (and not always in a good way)! However, my struggles have given me a generous amount of insight into how to cope with a mental health disorder, as well as how to live your best life regardless of your mental health status.
If it is alright with you, I would love to share my knowledge and passion for mental health with you. I will be posting weekly blog posts that focus on self-care tips, mental health education, and personal stories or blog posts (from other writers) that I think will help you in your mental health journey. I always welcome questions, feedback, and requests. So, if there is a topic that you would like to learn more about, or if there is a tip that you would like to share with the community, please feel free to reach out to me. My virtual door is always open.
My mission as a mental health intern is simple: I am here to remind you that you are worthy of love and kindness. I am here to remind you that your mental health status does not define you. I am here to remind you that there will undoubtedly be good days and bad days, but that does not mean that you should let the number of good days versus bad days determine your progress. As long as you are staying alive for another day, you are making progress.
With that being said, I want to note that mental health is not something that is simple. It cannot be fit nice and neatly into a little box. It can be very difficult and overwhelming to define, and sometimes, there is no clear definition.
I want to acknowledge that while each individual has his/her/their own mental health journey, that does not mean that we are complete strangers to one another. More likely than not, we probably have something in common somewhere along the lines, whether it be a diagnosis, a coping mechanism, or a situation that helped bring a mental health condition to light. Also, I want to acknowledge that some of my tips may not be as effective for one individual as they are for another, but that does not mean that you should give up. It simply means that there is a different tip out there that may fit you a little bit better, and that is perfectly okay.
It is okay to try different things, especially regarding your mental health. It is okay to feel lost or confused or frustrated with the process. We all feel that sometimes. However, I want you to know that you are not alone in any of this. I am here to support you and remind you of your worth. In fact, there is a whole community of people here at The Letter Project who wants to teach you how to love yourself because we love you and believe in you.
For now I will leave you with this reminder: self-love is not selfish.
I'll talk to you soon,