Surviving Suicidal Thoughts

Knowing I was capable of recovery provided the spark I desperately needed. Though I was diagnosed with depression in the fall of 2009, there were signs dating back several years to high school. Some nights after a tough day, I…

How Stigma and Stereotypes affect Mental Illness

The pain stigma creates is a major factor in my illness. The stigma associated with having mental health issues compounds the issue, adding an unnecessary layer of difficulty to overcome.

Advocating for Mental Health

Advocacy has been tremendously helpful in my recovery, helping to me understand my illness, connect with others and share my story. 

What Causes Depression?

The following causes all tie into each other. They are issues, beyond the more chemical and biological components of the illness, that created negative patterns from which I began to develop depression.

Anxiety and Depression

What Everyone Ought to Know About Mental Illness What Causes Depression? Missing the Warning Signs Personal Definitions We all have the capacity to feel incredibly devastating amounts of physical and emotional pain. Understanding Anxiety Anxiety and depression walk hand in hand….

What Everyone Ought to Know About Mental Illness

On the surface, mental illness is almost invisible. We can’t see emotions and we can’t see thoughts. It’s difficult for others to recognize when I’m feeling depressed from my physical appearance alone.  Thoughts are simply me talking inside my mind — praising,…

How to Help

When helping others, I do my best to understand their experiences from their point of view. I don’t diminish or write off other people’s experiences based on my own.