Personnel Story: Suicide Is Not A Selfish Act

depreby Jean Mellano Today, for the first time since Steve died by his own hand in 2015, someone said directly to me: “Suicide is a selfish act.” I was not angry or insulted, but rather very sad that people still believe this to be true. If anything, in the mind of the one who takes … Continue reading Personnel Story: Suicide Is Not A Selfish Act

Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder

by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek When you love someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very unpredictable. In my case, it was my mother who struggled with this illness. She was in and out of the hospital half a dozen times throughout my childhood. She was often so depressed that she couldn’t get out of bed and … Continue reading Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder

Personal StorY: Someone Who Looks Like Me, Part II

I consider myself racially ambiguous—my mother is Colombian and my father is German. Living in a small town, my mother and I were the only people who had darker skin. As a result of this, assimilating by observing how the town behaved seemed most important. The thought was, “We don’t talk about it, whether that be mental … Continue reading Personal StorY: Someone Who Looks Like Me, Part II

Personal Story: Someone Who Looks Like Me, Part I

I am a first generation American from a South African Indian family. Initially, telling my parents that I started antidepressants was a struggle. They didn’t understand why I would need them and thought it was unneeded. I think culturally they don’t see mental health the same as physical health. They told me I should try … Continue reading Personal Story: Someone Who Looks Like Me, Part I

Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

by Andrew Wiese My first episode of psychosis happened when I was 24 years old. I had just finished college and was making my way to New York to begin my new engineering job. Slowly my paranoia and fear that people were out to get me overtook me and in a panic, I drove to … Continue reading Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Personal Story: Hope And Help

My name is Caitlin and I’m 34 years old. I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was 19, but I’ve probably been struggling with anxiety for my whole life. I am writing this today after hearing others share their stories of recovery from mental illness and feeling inspired to do the same. … Continue reading Personal Story: Hope And Help

Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

by Andrew Wiese My first episode of psychosis happened when I was 24 years old. I had just finished college and was making my way to New York to begin my new engineering job. Slowly my paranoia and fear that people were out to get me overtook me and in a panic, I drove to … Continue reading Personal Story: Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Personal Story: My Coping Skills

by Courtney Maupin I strongly believe that everyone can receive help from the use of positive coping skills. My diagnosis requires that the majority of my treatment is the use of coping skills; some are incorporated into my daily routine and some are only used on those really bad days. I created a personal daily … Continue reading Personal Story: My Coping Skills