Personal Stories

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Celebrating Life During Life

I choose life even though there has not been a single day as far back as I can remember that I haven’t considered suicide at least once. 

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Surviving a Loss

I will continue to advocate for families affected by suicide by providing them with a voice, along with my support and the will to live. I am, I will and I can make a difference one step at a time.

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Volunteering is a Necessity

I'm not a case worker, housing specialist, psychologist or psychiatrist. I'm just a mom advocating for my son with as much passion as I can muster.

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Improve Your Own Mental Health

To me, good mental health means actually wanting to get out of bed in the morning and tackling the challenges I normally find overwhelming. To achieve this, I put a lot of effort in maintaining my mental health.

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Facing Tardive Dyskinesia

Since I am diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, antipsychotics are a big part of my treatment. I am also, however, one of the 500,000 people who got tardive dyskinesia (TD) from antipsychotics.

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Fighting For Those Who Feel Hopeless

So, I had a bad year and fell off the beaten path. I came back a fighter and now speak openly for others in any way I can. I’m still doing well. There is always hope.

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From My First Episode to My First Child

I’ve never publicly told my story. In college I feared my peers would view me as a freak. As a professional I worry disclosure can cost me opportunities. This is why I’m speaking out. I want to be part of the solution that ends the stigma.

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Never Be Ashamed of Seeking Help

Stigma is a huge barrier on why many people don’t seek help. We don’t want to be judged for seeking treatment. We don’t want to be defined as weak or incompetent, or even worse, seen as unable to take care of ourselves. 

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Thriving with Bipolar Disorder

When I tell people I have bipolar disorder, I act all nonchalant about it. Some people are shocked, not because I am mentally ill, but because I don’t “show signs.”

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Days Behind the Plexiglass

So I fight: I drag myself to yoga when I feel as though I can barely muster the strength to lift my head and I talk to my friends when I want nothing more than to lock myself in my room for a week.

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