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Shared Experiences: How one mom copes as a frontline worker during the pandemic

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Brought to you by real people with real stories, our Shared Experiences series shines light on the mental health struggles we all commonly face. 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness in a given year and by the time someone reaches 40, the prevalence is 1 in 2 and many don't reach out for help. At MindBeacon, we strive to change that. Care to share your story and help others remember they're not alone? Reach out to community@mindbeacon.com to play your part in removing the stigma. 

May marks Maternal Mental Health Month. We also celebrate Mother's Day on May 9th this year and who better to recognize than the ones who wipe our tears, help us grow, are on call 24/7 and never take a day away. 

Moms face their own struggles on a regular basis. With competing responsibilities, limited access to support, societal pressure telling them "how to be a good mom" and the sacrifices they have to make, being a mom isn't an easy feat. Without a guidebook on parenting, the task sometimes feels seemingly impossible. But, they do it. They show up every day and they fight the good fight. Behind closed doors though, how are moms doing during this time? And how is a mom who is also dealing with the frontlines as a nurse coping? 

To all the moms out there, we salute you. Today, we're meeting Tammy, a nurse and a mom who tells us her story about her personal experience during this challenging time:

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If you're struggling, we're here to help. Reach out to us or visit us here to complete your assessment if you're ready to start your therapy journey. MindBeacon also has therapy programs tailored for the stressors impacting frontline workers. 

"Start by accepting the increased uncertainty..."

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