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I have always been the girl with a pen and a pad of paper on hand. I'm a writer. I used to write fiction, but as I grew older I realized that I could write about my emotions too. My diary became my closest companion. For a while I tried to write eloquently, but eventually [...]

By | 2017-04-11T20:01:28+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, DID, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Taylor Nicole

I remember driving over the Gold Star bridge as a child (the summer before the fifth grade), on the way to an art fair with my mom, and seeing him. He appeared to be standing on the opposite side of the fence of the bridge, and if I remember correctly he was wearing shorts. My [...]

By | 2017-02-22T09:50:19+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|1 Comment

Gabs

I have never been the one to bring blind optimism into any situation. I mean, I’ve always believed in hope, and having faith, but never that everything will work out exactly how I want. Frankly, the world doesn’t work that way, and I knew this even as a young child. My parents used to tell [...]

By | 2017-01-09T11:37:23+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Categories: Self Harm, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Olivia McGinley-Hoy

a matter of staying I didn’t want to be there. I truly didn’t. But I knew I had to be. On July 26th, 2016 I tried to commit suicide. I had always dealt with the issues and setbacks of having a mental illness all throughout my adolescent years, but they extremely increased as I got [...]

By | 2016-12-15T10:12:36+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Categories: Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Megan Lewis

The Last Ride By Megan Lewis I am thirteen years-old and have just finished a soccer game. Even though I ran my heart out and assisted in the scoring of several goals, I'm unhappy with my performance. I SHOULD have tried harder, I SHOULD have run faster, in short, I SHOULD have been better. Shoulders [...]

By | 2016-10-18T11:37:48+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Categories: Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: The ‘Ready to Die But Still Alive’ Suicide Club (and the Life That Follows)

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay reminded him that it's only the choice of the individual that truly matters. “I know, too, that death is the only god who comes when you call.” (Roger Zelazny, Frost & Fire) Since a young age I’ve thought about death, dying, or suicide almost every day—through adolescence when I had my depressive and “serious [...]

By | 2016-09-26T09:50:27+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Jenna

Talking about mental illness is weird. Everyone has these ideas of what depression looks like, what anxiety looks like, what schizophrenia looks like... But really they wouldn't be able to tell someone with these illnesses if they knocked on their front door. Imagine your house is on fire. It's been burning for a long time, [...]

By | 2016-08-17T12:14:04+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Categories: LGBTQ, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: On Suicide

Kevin Hall's ruminations on his own suicidal thoughts. Yesterday—in front of my two younger children—I nearly choked to death on my grilled chicken dinner. What should have simply released a heavy sigh of relief in my wife’s ear at bedtime contorted into a sleepless night of revisiting another recent near miss: Last month I wanted [...]

By | 2016-08-01T12:19:09+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Categories: Suicide|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Dr. Margaret Rutherford

One Man. Talking About His Life With Depression. "I'm ready to tell my story. It's time." That's what I heard from Stuart Walker, owner of Clubhaus Fitness, a tall, muscular guy with a boisterous laugh and incredibly busy schedule. He knew I was researching Perfectly Hidden Depression. He had listened to me talk about how [...]

By | 2016-07-12T08:25:49+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments