I need to start off by saying that I know it's not my job to make assumptions about people's personal lives. It's not my place to speak about somebody's personal life as if I am intimately familiar with it. But when somebody's life choices may impact my own life, I feel that I can speak… Continue reading Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson, and the BPD Stigma
Stories from the Mental Hospital
Being Invisibly Ill
I deal with 14 invisible illnesses every day. If you saw me on the street, I wouldn't look sick. I wouldn't look disabled. My illnesses are internal. Because of this, I often deal with the fear that I won't be believed when I call in sick to work or cancel plans. In my past, there… Continue reading Being Invisibly Ill
Logan Paul’s Aokigahara Vlog – My Thoughts
TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about SUICIDE and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS/ ATTEMPTS which may be triggering to those who struggle with suicidal ideation. You've probably heard of Logan Paul's latest vlog that he posted that has generated high amounts of media coverage for his vlog where he went into Japan's Aokigahara, or… Continue reading Logan Paul’s Aokigahara Vlog – My Thoughts
First Look: My New Book!
A Note on Suicide Awareness Month
I think it's awesome that social media is using it's viralness to spread awareness on suicide. It's a step in the right direction when it comes to ungluing the stigma and helping those of us with mental illness feel heard and understood. But I would be lying if I said this month is easy for… Continue reading A Note on Suicide Awareness Month
After an Attempt
TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about SELF-HARM and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS/ ATTEMPTS which may be triggering to those who struggle with suicidal ideation, cutting and other forms of self-harm. September 2, 2015. The suicide attempt where I would have been successful without the intervention of the police. There's a wide variety… Continue reading After an Attempt
To College or Not to College?
It's back to school time! For some of you, that's high school. For others, it's college. Maybe your kids are heading off to kindergarten or you're teaching in your own classroom for the first time! Empty nests, the freshman 15, new teachers and new schools. It's both an exciting time and a time of big… Continue reading To College or Not to College?
Disclosing for the First Time
Disclosing you have a mental illness, whether it be to family or friends, to an employer, even on social media, it's scary and carries a lot of unknowns. With such a stigma hanging around, I've seen it be very discouraging to make your mental illness public. It took a long time for me to open… Continue reading Disclosing for the First Time
How to Say Goodbye
Before I start, no this isn't a suicide note. Just wanted to make that clear to keep anyone from a freak-out. This past week and a halfish I've found myself in the midst of my biggest relapse I've experienced. Generally, I write about insightful things on the blog, hoping to break the stigma one blog… Continue reading How to Say Goodbye