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GUIDING LIGHT - FINDING HOPE IN THE DARKNESS
Hello and Welcome to "The Living Room" of Guiding Light

Guiding Light is a mental health awareness project founded by LadyLincoln and Yuukon. Whether you're here to give or to get support, everyone is welcome! Our aim with Guiding Light is to provide a spot where Mental Health can be freely and safely discussed, a place for everyone who has mental health issues, knows someone with mental health issues, but also for those who want to learn more about it. 

Introduction


Guiding Light aims to create a supporting and loving environment for those who need it. A place where it is safe to talk about feelings, fears and to meet others, but also a place of hope. A place to find support, love and help. A place without judgement, but above all, a place where every single deviant is welcome
You can read more about this project and the background here.


Looking for & sharing Love


Below is a list of people who could use some extra love and support. If you can, please send them a kind message or just a sign to let them know they are not alone, and that we are all there for each other.
If you know someone who needs some extra love, or if you just need some extra love yourself, please let us know so we can add you to our list.

We are sending love to:

People looking for advice:
  • Wulfsista - She would like some advice on how to deal with aggression and maintaining self control. 
  • RebeccaM-Art - Her sister is not doing well after a bad break-up, and she'd like some advice on how to help her. 
  • RoyalOats - She is looking for kind souls to connect with who can be supportive for her.  
  • Kenexandrite - They are looking for some advice on finding help, setting up an emotional shield and friendship. New *
  • JericaWinters - She's looking for some advice on how to increase motivation. New *
  • NathaAmore - She's looking for some advice on how to deal with disassociation and sleep violence. New *

People who have opened up their inbox to you:
  • MissSouls - She has experience with borderline personality disorder
  • SubjugatedSandwich - He has experience with anxiety, mental abuse, extreme lows and has the perspective of someone who is in the better half of the healing process.
  • PennedinWhite - She has experience with bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD and anxiety.
  • ugnip - She has experience with eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
  • LiliWrites - She has experience with depression, traumatic experiences and eating disorders.
  • Vivyi - She has experience with shizoaffective bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety disorder, panic attacks and social anxiety.
  • Onepiecequeen101 - She has experience with anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD and high level autism.
  • DrawingDragonDream - She has experience with depression and anxiety, as well as suicidal thoughts. She is in her teens, so for those who'd like to talk to someone their own age, she's there for you.
  • Amarantheans - She has experience with depression, Anxiety, PTSD and body image issues.
  • SinistrosePhosphate - He has experience with autism, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, He also is a GP who has contact with patients with mental health issues daily. 
  • RoxasFangirl18 - She has experience with loss of a loved one, life changing injuries or illness (on a loved one), suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety. She also doesn't mind if you talk to her because you need to vent. 
  • RoyalOats - She has experience with anxiety, bipolar, depression, trauma, adjustment disorders. She also has experience with loved ones struggling. 
  • Whisper292 - She has experience with bipolar II, depression, anxiety and agoraphobia. 
  • Evilhappy - He has experience with insomnia, social anxiety, GAD, panic attacks, bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts, mood swings, PTSD, self harm, aggression, obsessive tendencies, sexual identity, body image, acceptance, eating disorders, identity disorders, alcoholism. He has a learning disability called dysgraphia that affects reading and handwriting. 
  • DasGnomo - She has experience with depression and anxiety. 
  • Medoriko - She has experience with anxiety and depression - SAD in particular. 
  • iLantiis - She has experience with bipolar II, paranoia, hallucinations (visual and auditory) and anxiety. She also has experience with disassociative behaviour, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts and OCD. She has been to both group and individual therapy. 
  • RensKnight - She has experience with GAD, depression, bullying (in school, the workplace and online), and ADHD. She is also willing to offer prayer if needed.
  • Felizias - She has experience with depression and suicidal thoughts.
  • MaggotsX – He has experience with Bipolar I / schizoaffective disorder, mental institutions, post-traumatic stress, paranoia, hallucinations, illicit drug use, depression, social anxiety, low self-worth, regret and spiritual doubts.
  • Cadenza-Royyalist - She is open to talk about friendships, social struggles, anxiety, loss and temperament issues. New *
  • Lissomer - She has experience with medication, depression and SAD, generalised/social anxiety, traumatic experiences (including natural disasters, parental abuse, sexual trauma), disordered eating, suicidal thoughts/behaviour, sexual/gender identity, dysphoria, depersonalisation/dissociation, and therapy. I also have experience with loved ones who are suffering, and with the recovery process. Not necessarily relevant, but I am also familiar with chronic illnesses such as IBS, PCOS, and endometriosis.. New *
  • NathaAmore - She has experience with bipolar, stress, anxiety and eating disorders, as well as suicidal thoughts and attempts. She also has experience with helping people through bad break-ups. New *

important events/information and places to get help

Awareness Months New *
  • Autism Awareness Month: April 
  • Stress Awareness Month: April 
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: April 
  • Mental Health Awareness month: May
  • LGBT Pride Month: June 
  • PTSD Awareness Month: June 
  • Minority Mental Health Month: July
  • Suicide Awareness Month: October
  • Bullying Prevention Month: October

Awareness Weeks 2019 
New *
  • Suicide Prevention Week: September 8th - 14th 2019
  • Mental Health Awareness week 2019: October 6th - 12th 2019
  • Asexuality Week 2019: October 20th - 26th 2019

Awareness Days 2019 
New *
  • World Autism Awareness Day: April 2nd 2019
  • Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: May 9th 2019
  • PTSD Awareness Day: June 27th 2019
  • Friendship Day: August 4th 2019
  • World Suicide Prevention day: September 10th 2019
  • World Mental Health Day: October 10th 2019
  • National Depression Screening Day: October 10th 2019
  • World Kindness Day: November 13th 2019
  • International Survivors of Suicide Day: November 23rd 2019

On DA:

Outside of DA:

New additions are marked with New * 

Do you have something to contribute to these lists? Please let us know so we can add your projects/groups/links! :heart:

Getting to know each other


To get to know each other, we have prepared a few questions for you to answer in the comments below! Please take a moment to read and reply to what others have written too. You never know in what ways you could connect with someone, and give each other love and support!
  • Who are you? (think about name, age, what art do you create, etc)
  • Do you have or have you ever had mental health issues?
  • Do you know people who have or had mental health issues?
  • What is it you're looking for? (Support, someone to help, learning something new, etc)
Feel free to write about more than is asked in the questions, though! We are definitely looking forward to meeting you :heart:

#MentalHealthAwareness by Yuukon
Original Artist Unknown. Do you know who made this? Please tell us so we can properly credit Heart

If you would like to join us, you are welcome to become a member at our group!
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Skin by ClearStyle
Guiding Light - A collaboration between LadyLincoln and Yuukon to create more and better mental health awareness within the community. :heart:

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Last updates (newest on top):

May 31st: Updated the resources outside of DA & updated the Guiding Light journals list
May 24th: Updated the open inboxes and looking for advice lists, as well as the GuidingLightProject journals.
May 11th: Updated the open inboxes and looking for advice lists.
May 7th: Updated awareness calendar and open inboxes list
May 4th: Updated the Looking for Love list, the open inboxes list and added our GuidingLightProject journals
April 30th: Updated the open inboxes list & looking for advice list
April 29th: Updated the open inboxes list
April 24th: We now have a group as well! Head on over to GuidingLightProject to join us there!
April 22nd: Updated the calendar of awareness months/weeks/days & updated the looking for love list
April 21st: Updated the off-DA Resources List
April 20th: Updated the open inboxes list & added the Guiding Light links
April 17th: Updated the open inboxes list
April 8th: Updated the open inboxes list
April 5th: Added new external links & groups
March 30th: Updated the looking for advice list
March 22nd: Updated the open inboxes list
March 13th: Updated the open inboxes list
March 11th: Updated the open inboxes list and added new off-DA resource links for Canada.
March 9th: Updated the Looking for Love list, added people to the list of open inboxes and created a "looking for advice" list.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconyameyela:
Yameyela Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen other people introducing themselves here, so here goes nothing :''') I go by two names generally, Clemaion and Yamila, and either is fine! But please don't call me any kind of nickname or shortened version of my name unless we're friends, it makes me very uncomfortable for personal reasons. I'm 19 years old, and go by he/him pronouns. My anxiety prevents me from trying most hobbies, so most of my time is spent drawing, writing, or designing original characters.
I've struggled my entire life with having undiagnosed and untreated autism and depression, and both being a nonbinary lesbian in an unaccepting area and having a troubled home environment made those pre-existing conditions spiral into anxiety (especially social) and eventually suicidal ideation. I've never been able to get a therapist or any other professional help due to monetary concerns and problems with my home environment, but things are finally looking up and I may be able to get help soon.
My inbox is open to anyone who struggles with their gender/sexuality, mental health, or just needs someone to talk to; though I will warn that my replies may be slow due to my social anxiety. I'm excited to be here and happy to have found this group, and I look forward to getting to know you all better!
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:icona-good-wizardess:
A-Good-Wizardess Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2019  New Deviant
Thank you so much for the 7cups link, I tried their volunteer listeners and they are really good

I am available to talk with anyone regarding schizophrenia like hallucinations, thought problems like losing your thoughts or not being able to talk right or paranoia or believing things that everyone else thinks is bizarre. I still lose my thoughts and have trouble talking and my therapist says I have suspicion but I am not actively hallucinating except for visual stuff in the mornings.
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:iconaffinitydinaur:
AffinityDinaur Featured By Owner May 31, 2019  Student Digital Artist
helpful :)
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Writer
I'm glad to hear that!
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:iconshoooooooky:
Shoooooooky Featured By Owner May 24, 2019  New Deviant Student General Artist
I really hope everyone gets the love and support they need ~ I don't have any experience or idea but I would love to help anyone if I can :hug:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2019   Writer
You're already helping by supporting dear :heart:
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:iconshoooooooky:
Shoooooooky Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2019  New Deviant Student General Artist
5 seconds hug Panda hug 
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:iconjericawinters:
JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 24, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The goodtherapy.org site will try and upload scripts. Norton Security blogged them...
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 26, 2019   Writer
Oh dear, that's no good. Do you have the link to that blog? I've been browsing it quit a bit so I want to see what to look out for.
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:iconjericawinters:
JericaWinters Featured By Owner May 26, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's this one: www.goodtherapy.org/blog/134-a…

There could be more. I get a message saying the page is trying to load scripts. Norton shows a shield with a red x.
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:iconchrysaoriv:
ChrysaorIV Featured By Owner May 11, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sneaks off to assist my fellow mortals and hopes he's doing it right*
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 14, 2019   Writer
:huggle: :heart:
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:iconholyhell111:
holyhell111 Featured By Owner May 11, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really nice to see :)
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 14, 2019   Writer
:heart:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 11, 2019   Writer
Your hopes are the same as ours! Many people unfortunately don't understand (yet) that mental and physical health go hand in hand and are equally important! I'm glad you're getting help dear! Let us know if we can do something for you, and thank you for sharing your love for the project with us :heart:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 11, 2019   Writer
Hi Neshi, that is a beautiful piece of art! Great work on creating it. I love the little poem you added to it too :heart:

Thank you for your love and support for our project, dear, we appreciate it deeply :heart:
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:iconneshirys:
neshirys Featured By Owner May 13, 2019  Professional General Artist
:glomp:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 11, 2019   Writer
Hi Nathalie!
Roller skating sounds like a lot of fun! I remember doing that when I was a child, we had a very long stretch of sidewalk at our house then, which we used to race each other. Do you go to a roller-skating rink to practice?

It sounds like you've been through quite the tough times- I'm sorry to hear that happened at such a young age too. It sounds difficult to deal with, but you seem like a strong person :heart:

Would you like to be added to the open inboxes list to offer others advice? I could add you to the looking for advice list for the things you'd like some help with yourself if you like. Let me know!
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:iconnathaamore:
NathaAmore Featured By Owner May 11, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do go to a roller-skating rink to practice actually, it's a pretty small one though.
I would really appreciate if you could add me to those lists, and thank you for responding!
<3
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 20, 2019   Writer
That sounds like a lot of fun! I'm unable to keep my balance myself, so it's all in the past now for me, but I remember I always enjoyed it very much.

We talked about the lists- which things would you like me to list on there? Or is it okay to put everything from your comment in? Let me know!
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:iconnathaamore:
NathaAmore Featured By Owner May 20, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Putting everything from my comment is good!
I don't mind what you do!
<3
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 24, 2019   Writer
Thank you dear, I've added you :heart: We appreciate your love and support for our project :huggle:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 11, 2019   Writer
Hi Sophia, 
It's nice to see you here as well! Pardon my late reply, I'm a bit behind on things these days. 

I can most definitely add you to the list, thank you for opening up your inbox :heart:

Chronic health issues are horrible- I've got a chronic illness myself so I can relate, even though we probably have different situations. I'm sorry it got you too :saddummy: Feel free to drop a line if we can do something for you :heart:
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:iconqube-core:
Qube-Core Featured By Owner May 1, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really glad such a group exists.
it will definitely a huge help for some people :)

Even though, I'm no help for anyone in that case.
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:iconsubjugatedsandwich:
SubjugatedSandwich Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Youd be surprised! Sometimes all you have to do to help is listen. Even small things like a compliment can make a huge difference sometimes.
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:iconqube-core:
Qube-Core Featured By Owner May 5, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I will try my best.
I appreciate the advice. :)
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 4, 2019   Writer
:heart:

I'm sure there's someone you can help!
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:iconqube-core:
Qube-Core Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your kind words :)

I'm just to busy with my own problems.
If I would help someone, I would like to do that with all my heart and not self-conflicted.
That was what I meant earlier.
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 11, 2019   Writer
I understand. We're here for you if you need us :heart:
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 4, 2019   Writer
Hello darling, it's lovely to meet you here! :heart:
It sounds like you've been through quite the tough times, darling. I'm sorry to hear your problems started so young, too. That couldn't have been easy for you. I am however glad that things don't affect you as much anymore today, though. Thank you for providing support, dear, that's very appreciated. How would you feel about being listed on our open inboxes list? Let me know if you want to be on there, and which things you'd like me to list behind your name that people can approach you about. :heart:

Don't worry about writing long stories here, we're here to talk, to support and to share love. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need something :heart:
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:iconcadenza-royyalist:
Cadenza-Royyalist Featured By Owner May 10, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for not having responded until now. I've been having some personal issues to deal with and needed some time to think over whether I should be listed or not. I originally thought that it would not take long to answer, hence why I never replied earlier to ask for time to think, but life came by to personally hand me some issues to deal with.

First off, I do think I would like to be listed as an open inbox. I currently believe that I'd be comfortable with simply offering advice when it comes to friendships/social struggles as well as some other struggles, including anxiety, loss, and temperament issues.
There is more that I know I could be of help with, but I don't currently feel comfortable with the thought of having to deal with them at this point in time, and so I may be more open to giving such advice towards the future.

Second off, please don't refer to me as 'darling.' I understand that it's all said with good intentions, however I begin to feel sick when being told or referred to things that are usually naturally used with romantic undertones. Such as how darling is commonly used to refer to close loved ones. Again, I understand that it is being said with good intentions as the group is made to give love to those in need of it. However, the fact that I feel sick when such things are targeted towards me is not something I can simply ignore. So please don't refer to me as 'darling.' I'm simply fine with being called my name or a nickname.
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 11, 2019   Writer
No worries Caden, I'm behind a bit myself as well. We're all human in the end!

I will be adding you to the list of open inboxes, then! Feel free to drop us a line if you'd like to change something, for now I'll just list you with the things you said you're comfortable with :aww: 
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 4, 2019   Writer
I'm glad to hear you're still here dear :heart: Keep fighting, and don't hesitate to contact us if there's something we can do for you!
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:iconglaceoncat8draws:
GlaceonCat8DRAWS Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will do, thank you so much <3
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 4, 2019   Writer
Hi Feli :heart:
It's lovely to see you here as well. It's been a while since we spoke! 

Thank you for opening your inbox- and for sharing your experiences here through your journal. I will be adding you to the list :heart:
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:iconfelizias:
Felizias Featured By Owner May 5, 2019  Hobbyist
Heya, dear. :heart:

It sure has been a while, yeah. ^^;
I am slowly trying to ease back into my usual DA activities. (While picking up some new ones as well.)
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 11, 2019   Writer
I'm glad to see you back :heart: 
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:iconyuukon:
Yuukon Featured By Owner May 4, 2019   Writer
:heart:
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:iconsubjugatedsandwich:
SubjugatedSandwich Featured By Owner May 4, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
What kind of hobbies are you into? (Other than writing) I have some motivational problems myself and so far the only thing that really gets me going is imposing an obligation on myself. Ill tell someone, "Hey. Im gonna have X done by Y time." And then Ill usually stay in practice with whatever im doing. Doesnt work long term for me but its a boost for sure.
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