Chasing the Dragon of Bliss

by Lindsay Holmes Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of suicide and self-harm. In his song “Hurts So Good,” John Mellencamp had it almost right. Sure, love may sometimes hurt good, but not in the way I’m talking about. I’m referring to the sweet burning release from pressing and [...]

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 [...]

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 |2017-02-22T09:50:19-08:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|2 Comments


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 |2017-01-09T11:37:23-08:00January 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 |2016-12-15T10:12:36-08:00December 15th, 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 |2016-09-26T09:50:27-07:00September 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 |2016-08-17T12:14:04-07:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: LGBTQ, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|0 Comments