May 3 / Anxiety

Dear introverts that can’t accept it,

LLP: This author shares their story and feelings on facing social settings as in introvert. It’s tough not being able to open up as easily as others, but know that you’re not the only one who feels this way. 

Too often people get pushed to do things they don’t necessarily want to do. For quiet individuals, it is talking. I have struggled with just wanting to be left alone with my thoughts, especially during school. I also know how it is to just want to be around people that are like me, so I can feel more comfortable with myself. I had grown to dislike being around people who are outgoing, because I hated not being able to open myself up like them and join the fun of the classroom or anywhere else that required interaction with individuals whom I didn’t know personally. Read the Post Dear Introverts

May 2 / Abuse

To Anyone Dealing With Abuse

LLP: The second letter for our #DearAnxiousYouth campaign touches upon the topic of abuse; read this young author’s story and tips for other abused children.

I’ve been there before. You might not know how to deal with it, but what I did was talk to another adult and ask for advice. Their advice helped me in so many ways, such as being able to talk to somebody else other than family if needed. Another way was me helping myself get out of the situation without getting abused more. Here are some tips on how you can get out of the situation… Read the Post A Letter to Abused Children

May 1 / Anxiety

LLP: The first of our #DearAnxiousYouth letters for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7), this author shares their story of learning about their anxiety and they lend kind words to others suffering from anxiety as well.

 

It hit during my sophomore year of high school. I’d been avoiding a boy who’d liked me for a while then, and I had class with him next hour. But I was frozen. My friend Maddie and I were in the courtyard, and she was going to lunch – I was going to have to walk alone.

Suddenly, it was like some invisible force was choking me. I couldn’t breathe. My heart felt tingly and was beating so fast that my head tingled, too. I felt like I was going to pass out. Maddie saw this, and immediately rushed me to the nurse. Read the Post Dear You Suffering from Anxiety

April 26 / Growing Up

LLP: This author provides motivational words to bring comfort to those who feel “different” in high school.

Hey you!

Yes, you!

I know what you’re going through. High school isn’t easy. I was once the student who didn’t “fit in,” a misfit. Friends were few and far between. Some people claim that high school was the best years of their life. Read the Post Dear High School Misfit

April 21 / Bullying

Dear child who lives with a bully sibling,

LLP: Growing up with siblings can be tough, especially if you deal with sibling bullying. Read this author’s story on growing up with a verbally abusive sibling and how she overcame this situation by talking to someone.

If you have siblings then I’m sure you’ve probably heard how siblings drive each other crazy all the time. Your parents and other adults have told you not to listen to them because “that’s just what siblings do” when they say something hurtful. And of course you always have those sitcom siblings who argue and fight with each other, but then they make up by the twenty-minute mark. Yet what some people don’t realize that even if it’s expected, what our siblings say or do to us can still hurt us very badly. Sometimes they can be worse bullies than the ones at school. Believe me, you’re not alone. I myself have dealt with this. Read the Post Letter on Sibling Bullying