When I reached the one-year mark of my suicide attempt, I called two friends over to my apartment just to drink champagne and sit on the couch for a chill celebration of the fact that I'd made it that far.
If you live with a mental health issue, you know there are good days and bad days. And you know that milestones are worth celebrating. It's not just the big milestones — it's the everyday victories, like actually getting out of bed or taking your medication.
Whether you're celebrating a week or a month of sobriety, getting through the day without a panic attack, or even asking for help for the first time, it's important to acknowledge the progress you've made. After all, recovering from a mental illness has its ups and downs, and celebrating small victories can help you stay motivated.
Ahead, six people share the mental health victories they've celebrated.
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.