You’re Not Finished® was created in 2012 to provide mental health resources and personal stories of hope, survival, and overcoming obstacles so that you can know that you are not alone… that you are not your problems… that your own personal story continues; and that you are not finished in this life. The stories you read on this site are true testimonies of people living with or overcoming mental health disorders and suicidal ideation. They are living proof that it does it better.
On March 30, 2021, the 1st episode of the YNF podcast was published! New episodes will be released monthly. Listen to the latest episode & learn more here!
The Website & Podcast
There are several mental health and self-care websites and podcasts in the market that inspire and encourage people to better their mental health. However, many of these entities do not integrate the Christian faith, seek to address and remove stigma within Christian organizations, nor do they offer tangible and practical resources directly to marginalized and underserved individuals in need (regardless of religious affiliation, if any).
Mental health professionals, through previous research, have found religion and spirituality to have a positive impact on an individual’s mental health. However, that being said, due to the various topics that have been and will continue to be covered through You’re Not Finished®, Christianity theology will not always be integrated with the information and resources provided because the primary source of Christian theology (the Bible) does not contain all of the answers regarding mental health and conversely, mental health sources do not contain all of the answers regarding Christianity. Most importantly, any information and resources provided through online blogs and streamable podcasts will be supported by previous and proven research. Additionally, listeners do not have to subscribe to Christianity in order to benefit from the information and resources provided. Regardless of perceived and actual man-made stereotypes, limitations, and stigma, YNF seeks to encourage all who read the blogs and stories on the website as well as listen to podcasts via various streaming platforms.
By offering chances to put mental health resources directly in the hands of consumers through quarterly giveaways, You’re Not Finished® seeks to empower individuals who do not have the ability or financial resources to obtain self-help publications or helpful tools that assist them with practically working towards an improved mental health state and overall quality of life. Domestic entries only for the time being. Ages 18+ eligible. Participants do not have to subscribe to the Christian faith to enter.
Future Goals for YNF
Music Therapy Workshops
You’re Not Finished® would like to put on two music therapy workshops for 20-30 individuals. In a safe, group therapy setting, a certified music therapist will lead participants in a 30-45 minute group therapy session which will be accompanied by the opportunity to express thoughts, feelings, and emotions through art, poetry, or songwriting. Additionally, two mental health professionals/influencers (to be determined) will serve as guest speakers who encourage and empower those who attend. Refreshments will be provided, and this will be a free event. Participants do not have to subscribe to the Christian faith to attend.
Finally, in order to assist with financial barriers that prevent individuals from seeking therapy and counseling, You’re Not Finished® would like to support those in need by providing therapy/counseling vouchers for three eligible applicants every quarter. This is a process that will provide payment directly to providers or practice, whether individuals have insurance or not and whether providers accept insurance or not, removing network limitations for therapy recipients.
The application submission deadline will be 1-2 weeks prior to winner selection. Minors must have written parental consent, with parent information available. Applicants will not need to have a diagnosed mental health or mood disorder to apply and will be encouraged to do so, as therapy has been proven to also be beneficial for individuals who are experiencing temporary or seasonal mental distress due to recent/traumatic life changes, personal and environmental stressors, etc. While online applications will be preferred, paper applications will be accepted and provided through local community organizations with consent. Ages 13+ eligible. Applicants do not have to subscribe to the Christian faith to apply and/or receive financial assistance.
About the Founder
My name is Brittany Franklin and I’m the founder and host of You’re Not Finished®. As the creator of this site & host of the podcast, I am here to make sure that you who are struggling with your mental health or suicidal thoughts/ideation ALWAYS have someone to turn to, and that you know when it seems like there is no one who will support you and be there, this community/movement will uplift you, provide practical tools, and share external resources for healing and recovery.
Most of what I share is going to be about mental health including tips for better health, helpful coping mechanisms, what I’ve learned about it from school and other external resources, and what I’ve learned through therapy about my own struggles with major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder. I’m going to get all the way real about this stuff because not only is it important to be able to share for my own personal freedom but as I said before, it’s about helping others to have that freedom as well – especially since, for many reasons, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health that prevents people from getting well.
The reason the content I have created and will create has the name You’re Not Finished® is to hopefully encourage people who feel like they might be at the end of their rope or are feeling hopeless, without purpose, and considering harming themselves even up to the point of attempting to take their own lives. When you think you’re done and can’t see the end result or the finish line, or anything that should determine that you are finished, it means you’re not. I have had to remind myself of this many times, so when I say “don’t give up” or “you’re not finished” I’m not doing so because I feel like I should or it’s the right thing to say. It is genuinely coming from a place of empathy and experience.
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