Welcome to the biggest mental health publication on Medium. We’re thrilled you’re here and looking forward to learning more about you.
As editors of this pub, we’re united in our belief that sharing stories about mental illness is important. It’s not just one story from one that makes a difference — though reading the right story at the right time can change a life — it’s the layering effect of many, many stories from people from all over the world that can dent stigma and affect change.
As well as a powerful publication, Invisible Illness is a powerful community that gathers together our favorite people: the sensitive, the creative, the seeking. We learn from seeing what engages you. It’s amazing to see the publication evolve over time.
A little about us
Meredith Arthur has been working in tech since 2006 and editing Invisible Illness since 2016. One of the early pioneers of “getting people to talk about mental health in a normal way,” she created the content and community site Beautiful Voyager in 2015 after being diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder at a neurology appointment that was supposed to be about her chronic migraines. It was named one of the “Best Anxiety Blogs of 2018” by Healthline and profiled on Vox. Her upcoming book, Get Out of My Head, will be published by Hachette in May 2020.
From her headquarters in San Francisco, she’s cheered on by her husband Michael, her daughter Alice, and her dog June Bug.
Rita Alexandra has been working as a freelance writer and translator since 2015 and editing Invisible Illness since early 2019. After being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder type ll, she has been working on several projects to raise awareness of the importance of mental health among her community. She believes that sharing personal stories helps people understand that they are not alone in their journey and it can be very therapeutic. She loves writing (especially, but not limited to) about mental health, politics, and philosophy. Most importantly, she writes to speak her mind.
All the way from Portugal, Rita is also very passionate about dancing, photography, and mathematics.
Ryan Fan is a high school English teacher in Baltimore City, 2019 graduate of Emory University, and is a new editor for Invisible Illness. He is a believer who writes about everything, from intersections between his Presbyterian faith, mental health, philosophy, culture, societal inequality, sports, neuroscience, politics, and television. Outside of writing, he teaches full-time and lives in Baltimore City. He is also is a marathon runner, with a 3rd place and 2:40 marathon finish in Savannah, Georgia, in 2018, and tries to log long miles to train for marathons in major cities like Boston, New York, and Baltimore.
He believes “The Wire” is the best show of all time and God’s gift to the Earth. God has allowed him to be supported by a large network of friends, family, and members of the ministry based in Baltimore, New York, and Atlanta.
Want to start writing?
If you’re a new writer who wants to contribute to Invisible Illness, you can join us right now by filling out this form. Need an idea of what to write about? Here’s a writing prompt for you:
Describe your idea of normalcy and how that’s changed and developed. What is “normal” to you? Do you believe in being “normal”, and if so, do you think the standard is a good thing? What experiences have shaped these beliefs?
Finally, here’s an FAQ we created to answer some of the questions we hear regularly. If you have a question, feel free to share it in a comment here. We can’t wait to read your story,
Meredith, Rita, & Ryan