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Born this Way

Hello Darlings!  Welcome to Pride Month!

Growing up, you may have been raised in an open and loving family where love and kindness was taught by example.  While others might have been raised to show hatred towards those who seemed different, not just towards those in the Gay community, but towards those who practiced a different faith, or wore headcoverings due to their religious beliefs, or ate food that was outside your norm….  This month, take it upon yourself to begin to view differences in others as opportunities to learn.  Our differences from one another are rarely the chasm we might originally think, they are actually splendid bridges inviting us to explore a world outside our own.  

We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity. -George Takei

Designated Topic months can be seen by some as trite, but we at Team SG see it as a means to engage in open dialogue and and an oppurtunity to discuss topics that are considered taboo.  Last month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Social Media was flooded with content creators sharing their personal stories navigating life with a Mental Health diagnosis, it was amazing to see.  We live in a society where many people continue to believe that dealing with a Mental Health diagnosis makes them less than, that they should hide that part of them away.  This mindset contributes to people being afraid or reticent to get the help they so desperately need.  Closets are used for a lot more than just hiding one’s sexuality and true self, they are stuffed to the gills with self shame and loathing.  

No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow. -Alice Walker

It is a conscious decision one must make to live life open and free, regardless of who you love, what your pronouns are, how you practice your faith, what your Mental Health issues are and how you choose to practice self care.  Living your life honestly and opening the closet door doesn’t mean you have to share any part of your journey or your life publicly, it means not being ashamed of any part of yourself.  Your body, your mind, who you love, how you became a parent, why you chose not to become a parent, your career path...this is your life, be proud of your journey and who you are. 

If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself. -Zanele Muholi

Finding support and a venue where you can be who you truly are is what our site is all about.  Anonymity provides you with the freedom to talk about whatever lays heavy upon your soul.  Maybe for the first time you shared honestly what was going on in your life and were able to say, “Hi there world, this is me and I am struggling.”  

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.  -Brené Brown

So what are some steps you can take to live an authentic and honest life, locking the closet door once and for all?

Surround yourself with people who love and support you

This can be virtual on our site or on a variety of social media platforms, this can be with individuals you meet at church, temple, mosque, through group therapy, your friends from high school or college, your co-workers or your family.  Find your tribe, your people, the individuals that will listen to you sob while buying you pizza and ice cream and handing you tissues when your nose starts dripping.  

Take small steps to be your authentic self

When asked, “How are you?” Consider replying with the truth, you don’t have to go into minute detail, but you can say, this week has been a little rough for me, but I am really proud of how I am handling it.  Or share how you went to therapy or joined a Support Group.  You never know how inspiring your truth is to someone else.  

Be brave, even when you are afraid.

Maybe this is the first time going to a pool shirtless after top surgery, you worry that the way you present and dress as gender non binary will cause people to stare or this is the first time going out holding hands with a partner, remember that our fears are often more scary than reality.  People may stare, not quite know how to compartmentalize you or say something rude.  On the other hand, they might not, often others are far less judgemental of us than we are of ourselves.  

Live your life in a way that makes you happy, don’t worry so much about how your life looks to others, we are all dealing with our own struggles and worrying how others see us.  You can test this theory by complimenting anyone you come in contact with, on their hair, shoes, their smile and you will see a look of wonder and gratefulness wash across their face like a child on Christmas morning.  

To be yourself is truly a revolutionary act, and I think more and more people should try it, because it’s gotten me a pretty cool life. -Lena Waithe

As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life and part of your journey.  Until next week.

-Team SG

 

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