Personal Stories

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I Took Charge of my Mental Health to Live the Life I Wanted

I knew I had the power to fix what had been lost.
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Navigating BPD and Recovery

Rather than numbing my complex feelings, I allow myself to experience them and express them in an honest and healthy way.
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Personal Pain, a Pandemic, and Paddle Boarding

During the rough times after my husband’s death, I started paddle boarding with a friend and colleague to help with my anxiety.
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This is What Mental Illness Looks Like

I struggled to complete everyday tasks. I was missing and failing school. I was sleeping majority of the days, crying a lot. I was sad and in such a dark place every single day. But why?

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Finding My Power to Speak Up

I resigned myself to a sad, hopeless, unfulfilling life. Friends saw me struggle. Family saw me struggle. I never spoke up.

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Navigating the Ups and Downs of Mental Illness

I came to realize that healing and finding appropriate resources while in a treatment center can be an isolating experience. Because of this, I wanted to share my story to help others who may be feeling that loneliness.

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I Don’t Want to Lose Any More Friends: First Responders are Not Alone

In the past few years, Officer Victor Machese has lost five of his close friends on the force due to suicide. It was these losses that moved Victor to do more to stem the tide of first responder deaths by suicide.

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I’m Grateful For My Mental Health Journey

Getting arrested saved my life; though I have two felonies on my record, those incidents encouraged me to get mental health treatment.

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Coming to Terms with My Anxiety

As I read about other people’s stories of mental illness and recovery, I found myself frustrated by the experiences I could not relate to — the stories where people spoke of being fully healed.

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Compassion, Community and Understanding Helped My Recovery

Words on a piece of paper didn’t define my mental health journey. They simply gave it a name and helped me process my struggles.

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