Depression

//Depression

Elsbeth van der Poel

In 1990, when I was 15 years old I had my first depression. At first I was just a “grumpy teenager”, but soon it was clear to my parents that this was not “normal”. At that time people did not really speak about depression or mental health. Not in my village in the Netherlands, anyway. [...]

By |2017-12-01T08:43:51-08:00December 1st, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Joy Pearson

Bubble and gurgle Boil and spout These ugly feelings Want to come out Warm acidic pressure Tight eyes and sealed lips it's a wonder they can't tell I'm near falling to bits A quick action A thoughtless mistake Killed all good vibes Quiet animosity overtakes Shut my mouth Glue close my eyes But not my [...]

By |2017-04-17T08:39:30-07:00April 14th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Word Vomit

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 [...]

Dear Depression – Joseph Penola

Dear Depression, I need you to know that you are not me. Your incessant insults may make me briefly believe that I am all of the terrible things you tell me, but I now know that I am none of them. I am worthy of love. I am strong. I am handsome. I am enough. [...]

By |2017-04-11T20:14:49-07:00March 28th, 2017|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Shawn Henfling

Fucking Feelings. I've spent most of my life suppressing my emotions. I don't know when it started or why, but it became as much a part of who I am as my shiny bald head, hairy back and biting sarcasm. For as long as I can remember, I've kept the world at bay. I built [...]

By |2017-03-26T13:42:14-07:00March 27th, 2017|Categories: Depression|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Sarah M.C.

More than anything, I want to help other people around me. Ever since I was young, I’ve always helped others before helping myself. I was under the impression from a young age that if you gave yourself self-love or self-care that you were selfish. This is unfortunately the conditioning that we receive at a very [...]

By |2017-03-22T16:40:45-07:00March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder|0 Comments

Jesse S. Smith

A Mental Health Autobiography I'm never certain how much of my own experiences are unique to me, and how much of my experiences are universal, shared by everyone: a part of the human condition. Sometimes I think that our feelings are all more or less the same. Sometimes I think it's just me. Sometimes I [...]

By |2017-03-21T13:49:02-07:00March 21st, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

An “Investigation” into a Means of Ending Stigma By Jim Russell

As advocates for mental health and help seeking, we often discover that a great chasm separating us from help is gouged open by fear and shame. Treatments have become more effective, and more people in our community voice their support, yet it seems that too many people who need help slip through the cracks and [...]

By |2017-03-13T09:20:56-07:00March 13th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Brave People, Depression, Uncategorized|0 Comments