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Remain Hopeful

Remain Hopeful

A few years ago I tried taking my own life. I jumped 35 feet onto concrete. My brother took his own life when I was 21 so I already felt genetically dispositioned. Right before I jumped I remember thinking all this was too much. I felt I had the weight of the world on...

Remain Hopeful

A few years ago I tried taking my own life. I jumped 35 feet onto concrete. My brother took his own life when I was 21 so I already felt genetically dispositioned. Right before I jumped I remember...

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A Week With Bipolar

A Week With Bipolar

drip drip drip drip The sound of my single serve coffee maker pours out a fresh cup this Monday morning. I start to write in my journal— a scale from 1 to 5. My therapist had me do this exercise ranking how I feel on any particular day; 1 being awful, 5 feeling like I...

How Writing and Films Saved My Life

How Writing and Films Saved My Life

I write stories that come from personal truths through authentic life experiences to voice the realities of the human condition to shed light in areas of our darkness. My perception of our world has been shaped and forged by a plethora of experiences; some filled with...

I Survived the Shittiest Year of My Life

I Survived the Shittiest Year of My Life

I haven’t ticked any goals on my checklist for this year; those bumps along the roads, the failures, the doubting, self-sabotaging, things didn’t turn out the way I planned, the harsh reality that not all people around you weren’t meant to stay, and the unresolved...

My Mental Health Journey

My Mental Health Journey

My mental health journey begun when I was 16 years old. At nearly 24 a harsh reality I've faced is that the journey is nowhere near complete, but I've learnt so much along the way so far that I know I can use to help myself in times of need. I had a very normal...

Leaving Comfort for Peace

Leaving Comfort for Peace

How many people have you met that were very comfortable but unpeaceful? Probably a few. How many have you met that were peaceful but uncomfortable? The latter is probably a harder image to conjure up. Most of us live as if the unpredictable nature of life was a...

Taking Care of Myself

Taking Care of Myself

This is Part 6, the final article in a series of personal articles detailing what it is like to be a caretaker for Bipolar disorder, titled "Outside Looking In" Read Part 1 here Caring for a loved one with a mental health diagnosis is more than a full-time job. It’s a...

Navigating the Healthcare System

Navigating the Healthcare System

As a caregiver for a loved one with a mental health diagnosis, few roles are as important as helping figure out the morass of the healthcare system that tries to care for mental health patients. For the person in the throes of a mental health episode, there’s no way...

Helping Children

Helping Children

This is Part 4 of a series titled "Outside Looking In" Read Part 1 Read Part 2 Read Part 3 Every couple dealing with a mental health diagnosis has to wrestle with the question of children. Can the parent with the mental health diagnosis contribute to parenting? Can...

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