A girl in my area recently died by suicide, and it’s all over my local news as well as town Facebook pages and friends’ posts. My heart aches as I think about what her family is going through. I’m not going discuss the girl specifically- the local news and my neighborhood is doing plenty of… Continue reading When Discussing Suicide
I’ve dated a robust handful of people. Some relationships were ended by me, some weren’t. Some went out with a bang, others simply petered out or ended sweetly. Some were intense and romantic, some abusive, while others were more casual and non-committal. If there’s one thing I have learned since my first “relationship” in seventh… Continue reading My relationship goals? Mentally healthy.
Below is a copy of the original transcript for the following video. In it, I discuss my mental health timeline from childhood through my first hospitalizations. Please be warned, there is lots of discussion of self harm and suicide, as well as a brief picture of blood. If those will be upsetting to you, please… Continue reading VIDEO: My Mental Illness Timeline: A Descent into Suicide and a Rise into Recovery
Below is a video I put together in which I show you all an accumulation of little gifts, books, and trinkets that I accrued over the last month or so and that I'd recommend and/or wanted to share. These items both enhance my mental health and promote mental health awareness. Hope you enjoy, and remember… Continue reading VIDEO: A Mental Health “Haul”
On a really tough day last month, feeling nearly desperate about a major problem I was having at work, I wallowed for hours in helpless fear and anger. Finally I reined myself in by briefly imagining that these feelings are what my mentally ill daughter goes through perhaps every day to some degree and some… Continue reading What’s Hardest About Being the Parent of a Mentally Ill Young Person? That’s really the wrong question.
First things first; you definitely know someone who cut in high school. You’re likely friends with someone who did. The number sits at 10% of high schoolers, at least. Regardless of whether or not you are privy to it, someone you know has harmed themselves intentionally. I think that’s reason enough to want to know… Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Folks Self Harm and Why You Shouldn’t
Netflix has, undoubtedly, burst onto the scene of the movie and television world as one of the front-running producers of content there is. Ranging from comedy specials to old classics, original series and made-for-Netflix movies, the former grocery store DVD dispensary has it all. It’s hip and youthful, which adds mightily to its popularity and… Continue reading Bandersnatch, Bird Box, and Damaging Mental Illness Tropes
I’m at my most vulnerable when I'm lonely, by far. Most of my family members are introverts, and can go long, long periods of time without needing human interaction. My sister and father are especially like this, as are many of my extended family members. My mother and I- me to an extreme- are reliant… Continue reading Loneliness (Olivia)
I've put together a list, in no particular order, of songs that are good for mental health for various reasons. Whether it be the happy tune, the meaning of the lyrics, or the imagery it evokes, each song is sure to lift your spirits. I often find that music has a particular hold over my… Continue reading 10 Mentally Healthy Songs for Your Playlist
It all started with the simple fact that I could not sustain functionality in public school. I’d gotten through my freshman year passably well, my schedule stuffed with the most rigorous course-load possible, but I collapsed towards the very end and landed in a mental hospital for a month. The hope was that once I… Continue reading My Special Ed High School Experience