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Bad Mother/Enough Mother?
To my teenage daughter:
On My Brother’s 53rd Birthday, This Is Why I Know Honesty And Education Are Key To Suicide…
Today my brother would have been 53. There are no candles to blow out, no slices of cake to eat, no festive songs to sing. He committed…
The book sat on my desk for almost 2 weeks, taunting me. A near constant reminder of what had happened, a corner of my apartment dedicated…
These 10 Books Will Transform The Way You Think About Mental Health.
In teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we have been, for better and worse, homogenizing the way the world goes mad.
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Older & Wilder
As a kid, I remember experiencing crippling anxiety about leaving places. The problem was that I loved moving around. Stay-away camp was…
Meaghan Frances Kelly
On the Sucking of Life
Life’s a quick teacher in the lessons of “unfair,” and when my middle child whines were consistently met by my father’s regular retort of,…
The Healing Equation
The Abuse to Healing Equation
Railed & Derailed
Living and dying by your partner’s undiagnosed trauma.
Darci Ann Burdett
What Chester’s ghost taught me
Why would Chester’s ghost come to me of all the people in this world?
Finding My Strength to Conquer Body Insecurity
16-year-old lead singer of The Regrettes learns to feel good in her own skin
A suicide note in reverse.
Tom X Hart
Destigmatizing Mental Health in China, Slowly But Surely
The Chinese government is making efforts to recognize mental illness as a public health issue, but progress has been slow.
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Is there a George R. R. Martin?
How mental illness and fantasy fiction helped me make sense of the universe.
More Than Empathy:
A short reflection on a lifelong buzz in my head
Freeing Yourself From Anorexia’s Claws
When we’re told to let go of something — something that we love, that we are familiar with, that we feel stable and secure and safe with …
Don’t respond to this.
I first thought about speaking to you again after Mother’s day, last year. Your first without her. Still and always a glutton for…
The Right Dose
When I first got sober, I felt like Gollum, pale and scrawny, wincing at the light, crawling back to humanity after years of self-inflicted…
‘Photography helped me stay alive’ says British artist Anthony Fisher
Artist Anthony Fisher has a talent for making the ordinary, extraordinary. Whether it’s a shop-floor mannequin, some urban graffiti, or a…
Look Closer — Those Who See
“There are three classes of people; those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.” Leonardo da Vinci, as quoted…
Lessons learned from a week in the psych ward
Note: names have been omitted/changed to protect patient and staff privacy.
To the Left of Normal
The biggest lie about OCD is that it’s funny
The Big Roundtable
How I fell in love with the sadness
This story begins later than it should, somewhere between being crowned Homecoming Queen and coming clean.
On (Not) Being Believed
TW: suicide, mental distress.
Louisa J Harvey
Professional opinions on Trump’s mental health are a bad idea
And I don’t even like Trump
Embracing the hard work of living alone with an anxious mind