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Wife, Mother, And Survivor

November 16, 2018

By: Tosha Maaks

I am a lucky suicide survivor. In 2008 I tried to end my life after a hard day at my job. I came home, and I said good-bye to my children, and I climbed into bed to snuggle with my middle child and say my good-byes to him. My husband knew something didn’t seem right and knew how my state of mind had been in the previous days. He asked me what I...
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It’s Cool to Be Kind

November 12, 2018

By: Andrienne Kennedy

“As you get older, you will discover that you have two hands.  One for helping yourself, one for helping others.” - Audrey HepburnLast year was a pivotal year for me. I was 39, and really started thinking about my 40th birthday which would be coming around in May 2018. I knew at that point there were some major changes that I wanted to...
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By: Conor Bezane

I used to be rail thin. Skinny jeans and all. Ironically, since getting sober seven years ago, I’ve developed what might be mistaken for a beer gut. It’s not drastic, but I have definitely changed from a small to a medium shirt thanks to my potbelly. At 5’7”, I weigh 174 pounds, which is considered overweight by body-mass-index standards. It was a...
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Check Your Meds Day

October 19, 2018

By: Danielle Workman

October 21st is Check Your Meds Day. This is one of those daily holidays that I actually feel is very helpful to anyone on medications at all, not just medications for mental health. Checking your medications throughout your treatment is something I learned very early on in my mental health journey.When I began to treat my mental health and began...
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By: Andrienne Kennedy

Before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I was clueless. I was clueless about mental health and mental illness. My knowledge on the topic was non-existent. The reason why I did not know about mental health or mental illness was well, I never needed to know. Mental illness had never affected me or my loved ones...
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By Eleora Han, PhD

Sometimes life doesn't turn out as you plan. I learned this the hard way.I was living a secure, comfortable life. Married and about to graduate with my doctoral degree, most of my thoughts were focused on the family we would start together. The baby we would have once I graduated. Then, life happened. And with it, sleep deprivation. And...
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By: Ryan Heffernan

Dear Dad,Can you hear me? You don’t have to answer that. I can feel your spirit every day, moving as a battlefield wraith through my wartorn life. Sometimes you’re my blooming, purple Jacaranda tree, sometimes you’re a star constellation gently moving over me on my broken renter deck, and sometimes you’re the condensation on my wine glass.Bad, or...
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Dear Younger Me

September 17, 2018

By: Laura Sanscartier 

Dearest Laura,I call you dearest because I know you don't believe it about yourself, but you are dear to so many. Right now, at 19 years of age, you want to cease existing, and you're trying to figure out how. I want to tell you to STOP.  Stop and look around you. Stop and feel the softness of your blanket. Stop and look at the pictures...
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By: Natalia Beiser

Writing a book has been one of my bucket list goals. However an autobiography about my life may not be of interest to many readers.   I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder twenty four years ago. I consider myself to be a walking wealth of knowledge on the subject, and am confident that I can contribute in regard to the topic....
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By: Liz Wilson

Sobriety is the number one precursor to my success at Recovery. As an ex addict and person living with bipolar disorder, the International Bipolar Foundation has given me the opportunity to research and report to you on issues such as dual diagnosis and Drug Treatment Court.Through my blogging I have found the opportunity to give freely...
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By: Danielle Workman

I used to believe that I had to stay alive for the big things. For the most important people in my life, for those big, enormous reasons that everyone tells you to stay alive for. It felt more like a responsibility and less like an actual reason to not die. It would loom over my head right next to my depression. It would make me feel like my life...
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By: John Poehler

I have a unique perspective when it comes to suicide. I am the survivor of multiple suicide attempts. It is difficult for me to admit this, but my goal is to help anybody in a situation where they are contemplating suicide. There is no need for me to go into specifics.  I would simply like to share some thoughts and ideas that...
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