Personal Stories

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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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Fighting for My Daughter’s Recovery By Demanding a Change in the System

The pain of watching my child suffer over the last two years has given me purpose and the will to keep advocating for families however I can.

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My Dark Place

When I am in my dark place, I can get settled here. It tells me everything I need to hear to make me believe I belong in this place.

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Finding My Dream Career After Hospitalization

My story, like many mental health journeys, has had its ups and downs.

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Overcoming Labels and My “Spiral” with Schizoaffective Disorder

I am in constant recovery, and this is only the beginning.

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Why Self Care Is Crucial for Mental Health Care Professionals

Sometimes, we catch ourselves asking how we can be in the position to help others work through things while facing our own struggles.

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Becoming the Best Caregiver I Can Be

I’m not the perfect caregiver. But by throwing myself into this lifelong learning process, I’m much better able to help her when she needs it.

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How NAMI Helped Me Support My Brother in His Mental Health Journey

I recalled how my mother had struggled find the right help and support — the stress in her voice, the constant phone calls detailing terrible incidents that took place at the height of my brother’s symptoms.

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When My Mental Health Episode Made Headlines

For years, I carried the fear that bars us from living openly and freely, constantly worried and dreaming of being exposed, judged.

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