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Is “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” still relevant?

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, a saying we commonly hear and re-popularized by Kelly Clarkson in 2011. This means hardships in our life makes us who we are today, including the trauma we had in the past. A traumatic incident could be a loss of loved ones, disaster, serious injury, or mental trauma from one's family or workplace.

But a constant traumatic event is not good for you. Mark D. Seery, PhD from the University of Buffalo identified that a “sweet spot” is required for one to have high levels of satisfaction and low distress in life. A traumatic incident could benefit us as long as we could manage it, and build our resilience to bring us back to a balanced state.

Managing a trauma is different from recovering from a trauma. A person who is managing trauma is someone who has suffered a trauma and is still experiencing symptoms. This could include re-experiencing, avoiding, and having increased arousal. A person who is managing a trauma needs to take action to help reduce their symptoms. Many people find that going to therapy can be helpful in this process.

A recent study also found that mental faculties could decline after experiencing a life-changing disaster. Especially for those in the disadvantaged group, which has precedent stressors in their life such as financial and employment status. For instance in this pandemic, one of those groups suffers from serious trauma such as mental health conditions. This condition stresses the importance of mental health at the public health level.

Mental health refers to our emotional state and how we think about ourselves, others, and the world around us. It is the combination of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. If someone is experiencing mental health issues, they should not feel ashamed or embarrassed. There are plenty of resources out there to help people get the assistance they need and deserve.

We hope that the various research would help the countries to understand the importance and accessibility of mental health care. Project C Foundation is an emerging NPO that is aiming to provide an easy, fast, and secure platform where anyone with mental health-related issues can avail help. Our various services can get instant support to those who require urgent help to calm themselves.

We offer instant consultation with professional psychologists at Project Psychologist, emotional support from peers at Project Friend, and help those addressing mental health issues in their organisation via Project MAP (Mental-Health Awareness Program).

To know more about how could we assist your mental health issue, reach out to us at


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