Personal Stories

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In a Life of Darkness, I Found Light

Happiness and contentment come from the inside out and not the outside in.
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Family Support Changed My Life

I will never forget the people who helped me on my road to recovery.
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Surviving Suicide Loss and Weathering Stigma

Sadly, mental illness still carries undue stigma — and is unfairly associated with violence, contagion and avoidance.
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Surviving Suicidal Ideation and Finding Recovery

Now, 20 years after first experiencing suicidal ideation, I have found recovery and my passion.
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Finding Support to Cope with Suicide Loss

For the first time, I felt hopeful. It was only a slight bit of hope, but I could see light, a faint light, and realized that maybe I could get through this with help.
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Remembering My Mother’s Gifts

The beauty in my mother’s story is that she continues to have a positive impact on people’s lives because her experience continues to resonate with many.
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Finding Healing and Self-Love While Living with Bipolar Disorder

I have come to understand the following: I need to lean on my support system. I am not on this journey alone, and I don’t need to try to manage this disorder by myself.
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How NAMI’s “Meet Little Monster” Helped My Clients Access Their Emotions

The activity book provided a good entry point for discussing emotions.
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Facing my Mental Health Challenges and Cultural Stigma

It is not your responsibility to convince your family or an entire community that your struggle is worthy of attention and care.
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Overcoming My Labels of “Drama Queen” and “Disabled”

I want to tell those who are struggling the same thing that saved me: you are not alone, and you are not “crazy.”
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