I Was Made For…

“The sun will rise and we will try again.”

Today, we celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day. As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, suicide has become a major public health concern. Each year, suicide claims the lives of more than 44,000 people—more than twice the amount of deaths by homicide in 2015. We cannot afford to stay quiet about this issue any longer. Today, we start the conversations on mental health and suicide prevention. We will continue these conversations every day so that everyone can find hope and recovery. Read More

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Begin Anywhere

Another month of 2017 is coming to a close. It’s hard to believe this year is nearly halfway over (seeing as it feels like it’s gone on for four years already), but here we are. For nearly 70 years, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in order to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for care. At the beginning of May, I knew I would post something in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, but I wasn’t sure where to start or what to say. Read More

I Kept Living

Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day (part of National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States). It is an annual campaign that brings awareness to suicide prevention and support to people who have attempted suicide.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds, and in 2014, the highest suicide rate happened among people 85 years or older. Suicide does not discriminate based on age. It does not discriminate based on race or religion, nor gender or sexuality. Depression, the number one cause of suicide, can happen to anyone—as can addiction, self-harm, and other mental illnesses. But there is hope. There is treatment. There is recovery. Read More

Thank You for Being Alive

This week, the second week of September, is National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States. It corresponds with World Suicide Prevention Day, which is today, September 10. This week, and this day in particular, are annual campaigns that bring awareness to suicide prevention and support to people who have attempted suicide. They also reduce the stigmas surrounding mental illness and suicide.

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This Wild, Honest Life

When I was a little girl, I thought telling lies was cool. In my mind, it was a very “adult” thing to do, and it was often far more exciting than the truth. There is a very fine, thin line between lies and “make believe.” As a child, my wild imagination allowed me to think I could easily straddle that line without crossing it. My parents taught me it was wrong of course, and I learned. But even after I knew, sometimes I couldn’t help myself from telling a little white lie here and there. I thought it was easier to lie. It was surely less scary than telling the truth.

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