• Lacey, Co-Founder + Brand Builder

What it's like living with mental illness...

Updated: Nov 23

Traumatic events often cause people to feel heightened arousal, alertness, and look for danger in the first days and weeks following the event. Often, these reactions alternate with numbness and detachment. There's also a feeling that it might happen again, as well as fear, sadness, guilt, anger, and grief. Generally, these reactions and feelings will pass over a few weeks, but if they persist, it may mean the person has developed PTSD.

For me, living with PTSD and social anxiety has meant living in a constant state of fear. I may seem happy on the outside, but deep down my thoughts are really sad and negative. It's easy to beat myself up for not letting it go. It's like, "What's wrong with me? Why can't I move on?"

Sometimes I feel like there's no hope.

Just getting out of bed and getting ready feels like a challenge. I get frustrated with myself for not being able to do things others do so easily.

I feel all alone and disconnected from the people I love.

I try to avoid situations that might trigger me, which has affected my quality of life and relationships. The simplest experiences that involve repetitive noises or accidental touches set me off.

I've been on and off medications and in and out of therapy since 2016 with no real long-term success at recovering. I wonder if I'll always need to be on medication.

PTSD and other stress-related conditions don't just affect veterans--70 percent of Americans experience a major traumatic event in their lifetime. Although cognitive-behavioural therapy is marketed as the gold standard for PTSD treatment, it doesn't seem to reduce symptoms to the extent needed for long-term recovery.

“New approaches are desperately needed for the millions of people, both civilians and veterans, who suffer from PTSD,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System.

Which is why we are launching a campaign to help people dealing with PTSD and other stress-related conditions.

🗣 We call our campaign the "Thanks Giving-Away" Giveaway and our goal is to raise awareness and funds for alternative therapies for PTSD.

When you make a purchase at www.elevatedoats.com or www.wilcosupplyco.com during the month of November, Elevated Oats and/or Wilco Supply will donate a portion of the proceeds to Mount Sinai's Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research.

The Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research pursues a multipronged clinical and research approach to discovering novel and more efficacious therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and other stress-related conditions in the veteran and civilian population.

As part of our military-themed campaign, we've partnered with some amazing local businesses to offer a giveaway some pretty cool prizes, including:

  • Powerful Subliminals, Lifetime Membership Access to Powerful Subliminals Subscription

  • Anchorage Yoga, Gift card redeemable for: (1) ONE 50 minute Breathwork or Light Therapy Session AND “2 Week Unlimited” or 10 virtual class pack

  • Mike Wolfe Photography, 12x18 Metal Wildlife Print

  • Alpine Fit, Merino Geo in Kelp and Cozy Headband in Stone Marble

  • Elevated Oats, 4 limited edition flavors from our special reserve (Lemonberry Muffin, Pineapple Habanero, Rhubarb Crisp, Basic Batch) + a special book that helped us through our healing journey

  • Wilco Supply, Sword & Plough Compact Travel Kit (veteran brand/veteran made with repurposed military materials)

  • World Wanderers Candle Company, 3 Candles

  • Manda Threadz, A large scented knit pumpkin, knit washcloth, and matching 3 pack of knit face scrubbies

  • Jillian Blum Photography, 11x14 Mountain Scape Print

👉 To participate, simply enter to win here.

Just by signing up, you'll automatically be entered into the giveaway! Entries are open until Nov 29 at 11:59pm AKST.

🥳 ONE (1) first prize winner will be randomly selected and announced on November 30th

To hear more about the therapeutic promise of psychedelics, click here to access “PTSD, Meet MDMA,” a recent episode of Mount Sinai’s Road to Resilience podcast.

⁉️ Okay, but how else can I help my loved one with PTSD?

The stress of watching someone you care about suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder can be overwhelming. When you have a friend or family member with PTSD, you're affected, too. Help them move on from the traumatic event with these tips.

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