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 […]

My Darkest Tale

This post is a struggle for me. But it is a struggle that is worth winning. That I need to win. Not facing it will only give my demons respite from my attempts to oust them from the shadows of my mind. Yesterday my therapist and I revisited my darkest tale, my worst bout of […]

The Undefined King, General, Warrior. And Me

Men. We’re more likely to commit suicide and less likely to seek help or find ourselves in a therapist’s office. And why? While there are many factors, a big part if it is because of a societally constructed view of gender roles. A view of gender roles that is so misguided that it seems to […]

Let Me Tell You A Story. If I Can.

The struggle with mental illness is a journey, a journey that can be told through a story, if only the words existed for such a dark tale. Honestly, I love good storytelling. It is a true art form when done right. Yet the struggle with mental illness is illogical. It has no flow. It has […]