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Sara Sumner

*trigger warning - self-harm* When I first became mentally unwell, I never thought I'd be here now, sharing my story—a survivor of my own minds torment. I was 16 when I was first diagnosed with clinical depression. I was in such a dark place, scared of the thoughts in my head, scared of what people [...]

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 [...]

Stephanie Paige

*trigger warning - self-harm* I thought only teenagers did it. But here I was sitting on the floor of my room at 38-years-old with a scissor in my hands. A grown adult. The first time I drew blood was this past January. I was ashamed right after I performed the act. How could I do [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:39:43-08:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Self Harm, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment


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

Kate Branciforte

*Trigger Warning: Talk of self harm*  To My College Roommates that Shunned Me for My Self-Harm: Thank You I’ll never forget how I spent my 21st birthday. Unlike most, it wasn’t spent hung over in bed reliving the epic tales of the night before. Instead, it was spent hung over in the psych ward of [...]

By |2016-10-31T12:10:15-07:00October 31st, 2016|Categories: Self Harm, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Leah D.

I’ve been reading through people’s stories, their struggles, their battles, and one thing repeatedly stands out to me. Most people start their stories with the age that they felt their mental illness really took a hold, usually around 13 or 15, thereabouts. But what if you always felt it? What if from the young ages [...]

By |2016-08-18T09:45:18-07:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: Self Harm, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Valentina Cedillo

Trigger warning- self harm  When I was in the 7th grade, I cut myself for the first time. I didn’t even really know why I was doing it. I just knew I was hurting and so far, my attempts to get someone to take the way I was feeling, had failed. I told a family [...]

By |2016-04-23T07:10:52-07:00April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Depression, Self Harm, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |1 Comment