When I became depressed, I thought that was my new identity. I was a depressed person. Now I see that I am a complex person who also happens to be depressed. My mental illness is a part of me but it does not define me.
Everyone has those days when they look at themselves in the mirror and think, “I’m not good enough” and we ALL know they suck. Check out these quick tips to boost your self-esteem.
For many loss survivors, like me, the yearly International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is important. Two years ago I watched the Survivors Day webcast alone in my living room and began to understand that I was anything but alone.
My story? I’m happy to say that I am still living it. But, here is the preface.
Would you rather receive one dollar now or wait a week to receive two dollars? Do you have the self-control to delay gratification? Here are some tips to overcome temptation and put the power your willpower.
Walking through Seattle to raise awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was amazing. It helped me to overcome my insecurities about talking to others about my depression and anxiety. I may have started the walk alone, but I left with great new friends and a feeling that I could conquer anything.
My depression caused the lens through which I saw everything to crack and break . This broken lens fractured how I felt about the world and how I felt about myself. I thought I was broken and defective. But, just because you are looking through a broken lens does not mean that you are broken.
Depression is a tough subject to talk about. No conversation about it is going to be an easy or comfortable one. Here are four things I’ve observed when trying to talk with someone about my depression and some tips on handling the conversation
All we knew was that my Uncle Jaay was gone. It took me a while to come to terms with his suicide. Eventually, I realized I wanted to honor his death and do something to help others.
Everyday we use words to label strangers we pass on the street and people we have known our whole lives. These words are powerful. They can lift people up or to make folks feel less than, as if they are not part of society and not wanted. Take this challenge and help our community grow and move forward together.