Personal Stories

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Hope and Help

"My negative thoughts are telling me not to submit this because 'who cares about my struggles,' 'others have it way worse,' but I’m continuing to type this anyway because I want others who are struggling to know you are not alone."

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Suicide is Not a Selfish Act

Being a suicide loss survivor gives one much more perspective—I hope to use this perspective to educate others.

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I Lost My Husband to Bipolar Disorder

When one suffers, we all suffer. We’re all in this together and it’s my desire to smash the stigma associated with mental illnesses of all kinds.

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Know the Signs

Learn about mental illness. Early education and detection might save you from triggering a lifelong condition.

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Accepting My Schizophrenia Diagnosis

My diagnosis was just a fluke, I told myself. Two years later, back at home in Indiana, the symptoms returned. This time worse than the first time.

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Driving Past My Lowest Point

"I woke up one morning and decided to drive into the canyons with my dog, Puma. I was planning to die by suicide. When my attempt didn’t work, I figured God wasn’t ready for me to exit this life just yet."

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Recovery Story

When I was 26 years old, my symptoms of mental illness caused many problems for me. I started to have emotional problems for the first time and was hospitalized in Texas. One of my darkest moments was when I was having a lot of fear and feeling angry about life. 

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My Coping Skills

I strongly believe that everyone can receive help from the use of positive coping skills. I encourage you to try some of mine out and find your personal variations—as all our journeys are different.

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Moving Towards Mental Health

When we’re having a tough time, we tend to sit and dwell. So, let’s do the opposite. Let’s move and distract. If it seems simple, that’s because it is.

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Don’t Call Me Crazy

I’ve had to listen to "armchair psychologists" define what "crazy" behavior is and in the same breath say what a "crazy" party they went to the night before. Words are like that.

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