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Resilience is like a muscle you can build. It’s just a matter of knowing how.
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Stories have the power to inspire, strengthen, and heal. Option B is a place where you can share your experience and read about what others have been through.
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Being part of a group can help us build resilience, overcome isolation, and chart a path to find joy again. We hope you’ll find people who can support you through the challenge you’re facing.
Far too many LGBTQ people face discrimination and rejection in their families, schools, and communities. Here you will find a safe space to share your experiences and get support from others who are going through the same thing.
Peer-to-peer support for LGBTQ people and their allies.
Groups of students, educators, parents, and community members who volunteer their time to ensure safe and supportive schools for LGBTQ students.
Meet other people who are advocating for equality and human rights.
Connect with other LGBTQ people in your community.
Meet other people working on addressing social justice issues in your community.
Connect with other people in your community who are promoting women’s rights.
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Watch to Adam and Sheryl share key findings from Option B about how you can build resilience.
Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity. It’s a skillset we develop over the course of our lives, and there are concrete steps we can take to build resilience long before we face any kind of difficulty.
We often have a hard time talking about adversity—but staying silent can make our loved ones feel even more isolated after loss or hardship. This video offers simple ways to speak with empathy and honesty when our friends are suffering.
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Writer and counseling psychologist Lee Daniel Kravetz describes five steps we can take to find realistic hope in the face of adversity.
Some days can be harder than others. Use these strategies from Option B to find strength on hard days like holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays.
If your friend is hurting, starting a real conversation about what they’re going through may be the most helpful thing you can do. Here are some tips on how to start one.
Significant days like a birthday, holiday, or anniversary can be stressful for people dealing with grief, divorce, or illness. You can help them make plan for how to spend the day.
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We’ve worked with partners to bring you practical recommendations and insights on how to face adversity in your life and help friends and loved ones.
Psychologist Kelly McGonigal outlines how we can build resilience by connecting with and caring for other people during times of stress.
Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon encourages us to forge meaning from our struggles and build a new identity that incorporates even the worst events in our lives.
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness” and social psychologist challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Gilbert describes how our “psychological immune system” can help us find happiness—synthetic or natural—when things don’t go as planned.
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