Personal Stories

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Using My Voice to Spread Awareness in the Black Community

"This was the darkest, most trying moment in my life. However, I had to go through the pain for my purpose to be revealed."
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Resilience

"The world changes when you change your mindset to re-write the narrative that you were given."
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Being a Suicide Loss Survivor During this Pandemic

"Now during quarantine, it’s like all I have is time. Time to reflect on that day my brother took his life. But I know I’m not alone."
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Finding a Connection with Humanity

"Everyone on earth was essentially going through the same thing; no one was immune to the effects of COVID-19."
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10 Reasons Why I Talk About My Mental Health

"Now more than ever, I’m determined to keep learning, keep growing, and keep talking."

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Surviving Panic Disorder is Something to be Proud of

"​Panic disorder is both my heaviest burden and my biggest badge of honor."
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Becoming My Own Advocate

"I lead with compassion for myself and others. I vow to let the experience change me forever instead of stopping me." Read Maria's story of finding her inner strength while hospitalized. 
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A Lesson From Our Time in Quarantine

"We can make accommodations for people to participate in events and belong with their communities. We can continue to make space for each other to breathe and interact with others at their own pace."
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Facing Tardive Dyskinesia

"Getting diagnosed with TD was a watershed moment for me. It brought the involuntary movements I was making to my conscious awareness."
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Mental Illness Does Not Fear the Pandemic

"Maybe you, too, are one of the parents to whom I am speaking, and you have double duty. We are on the front line battling as well. We live in the world of constant unknowns. The pandemic will end eventually, but we must return to our post for a lifetime."
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