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World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

Good god. I’m setting a calendar reminder for all of the September 9ths for all of the future ever: “Avoid social media tomorrow

Should I Be Concerned if My Daughter Only Wears Black?

Sometimes the answer is “yes,” which explains why the question was one of one hundred distributed by HR.

The answer is often “no” if said-daughter lives in NYC and has a tiny closet.

Other achingly specific questions in the brochure:
“Where can I donate all my parents furnishings? They’re too good to throw away.”
“How can I help my son interact with his autistic cousin?”
“How do I start a book club?”
“I need to find a veterinarian oncologist. Can you help me find one?”
“I need help finding elder care for my mother who lives on the west coast.”
“How do I choose a mover?”
“I’m pregnant. How can I find a midwife?”
“I have to produce 100 questions for a self-care brochure. That is a lot of questions. Should I talk about auditioning for community theatre?”
“I need information about dealing with a moody teenager.”

Okay, the second-to-last one is fake.

Pocket-Sized Survival Kits: Sleep – Awake

Working on pages 21 [depression on the left, (hypo)mania on the right]: Things to do when I’m back at home, anywhere but work, really.

Pages 10-11 are “How to Go to Sleep” for (hypo)mania, and “How to Stay Awake” for depression, below.

Now, I’ll follow the advice in my kit and go to bed.



Pocket-Sized Survival Kits: Pages

A friend is here, fell asleep on the couch. It’s nice to have a friend here who is comfortable doing that. I gave her a blanket, and switched to my lullaby playlist.

Meanwhile, I work on the pocket-sized survival kits. The first image is of the covers, with mania on top, depression below. Second image is page 2 of each, which are the same text. Third is pages 14 & 15, mania on top, depression below again:




Pocket-Sized Survival Kits: Photo Prepping

Collecting photos to print and paste in my travel survival kits.


Pocket Sized Survival Kits

Time to style up some portable survival kits. I bought the most beautiful, plain little sketchbooks today. Two. I am going to make mini kits that I can slip into my bag when I need one: A depression one and a mania one.

I have all sorts of survival kits – The shoe-box sized ones, my books, the pages in the Corkulous app on my iPad, and the mixes I’ve made. But I forget them when I need them.

I’ll decorate them – I usually create both when I am (hypo)manic anyway. I can decorate the cover, paste stuff inside – I’m looking forward to the process as much as having them available.

Will keep you updated. This is what they look like now:


Resting: Self Care Reminder


Helpful Tips from NAMI, Post-Sandy

NAMI posted Helpful Tips for Recovering From Hurricane Sandy.
It’s a really really bright red and yellow, but otherwise helpful. Geared toward New Yorkers.

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