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

When it Rains, It Pours

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. If you follow me on Instagram, some of this will sound familiar. A few mornings ago, I had an unfortunately realistic dream that… Continue reading When it Rains, It Pours

How 1 Band Helped Form My Recovery

I see the light that I'm chasing A memory, but it's fading When it's gone I'll be waiting Knowing it's too late There's no sugarcoating it: recovery is hell. It's not easy to make a complete lifestyle change and fight against actual chemical imbalances in your brain every second of every day. Even living in a… Continue reading How 1 Band Helped Form My Recovery

Dear Patient Relations – An Open Letter

This weekend I wrote a letter of complaint to the patient relations at my hospital. Being an advocate on my blog and Instagram can only get you so far. I took the courageous action to share my story with the people who will hopefully really help me make a difference. And it's only right that… Continue reading Dear Patient Relations – An Open Letter

Goodnight Brain, Hello Pain

Not a day goes by where I don't dread the night. It's difficult to find the light when even the room around me is dark. I put off sleeping as long as possible, sometimes even for days a time. I have an extreme dislike for almost everything associated with bedtime. I really struggle with taking… Continue reading Goodnight Brain, Hello Pain