Is Suicide Ever Acceptable?

If we are talking about suicide as a symptom mental illness, I would say no, and I would hope that we can reduce the stigma surrounding suicide enough that those who are teetering on the edge can take a step back and get help. But in my opinion, there is one type of suicide, one […]

The Language of Suicide

Yesterday, I talked about how we need to open up about suicide, how we need to talk more about mental health. Today, I want to make sure we are talking about it using the right language.  Many people say ‘committed suicide,’ implying that it is a choice. It isn’t. Suicide is symptom of mental illness […]

Suicide Prevention Needs To Be More Than Just A Day or A Month

Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. September is Suicide Prevention Month. However, suicide prevention can’t be just about one day or one month. We can save lives, but first we must break the stigma.  We don’t talk about suicides, but if we did then some of the statistics would likely shock people. Suicide […]

Darkness Rising. Darkness Visible

I wrote on Saturday about how I felt the beginnings of a depression coming on and how I planned to focus on self-care to try to prevent it from getting worse. Well, here is one of the many truly shitty things about mental illness: you can do everything right and it will sometimes still get worse. And […]

It Isn’t Funny If You Have To Explain It

I can have funny moments from time to time. However, I usually quickly kill a joke by either over using it or explaining it. And truthfully, it isn’t funny if you have to explain it.  Many great comedians have suffered or do suffer from depression, anxiety, and/or other mental illnesses. They include comic legends like […]

Disabled. Broken. (And Me)

I am in the process of seeking an accommodation from my employer for my anxiety and depressive disorders under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). And the impostor syndrome I talked about yesterday can’t get past the word disabled. Disabled. Broken. And me. It doesn’t seem to fit. After all, I can walk and run […]

The Unsocial Media

As an introvert with social anxiety issues, I find social media to be a wonderful creation. When the world gets to be too much, I can stay connected while curling up and hiding from the physical world. Yet it can also be extremely dangerous because it, like mental illness, lies to you.  People don’t typically […]