Mental Health & Recovery

I Opened Up About Self-Harm To My Entire College. This Is What Happened.

I stood backstage, my heart racing and my palms sweaty as I glanced over my notes. I was about to tell the majority of my college that I struggle with depression and self-harm. I was scared. I couldn’t believe I was actually about to tell everyone some of my darkest, most shameful secrets. But I…… Continue reading I Opened Up About Self-Harm To My Entire College. This Is What Happened.

Mental Health & Recovery

The Day I Chose To Live Instead Of Simply Survive

I leaned against the bathroom door in my office, crying and shaking. My brain was fuzzy, unable to fully process what I was feeling. All I knew was that I was overwhelmed, frustrated, hated every minute I spent at work, and didn’t want to live anymore. I had felt this way for weeks, months really.…… Continue reading The Day I Chose To Live Instead Of Simply Survive

Mental Health & Recovery

When God Feels Far Away

Guest Post: This guest post is brought to you by my blogging buddy, Mommy Muddling. She is working her way through recovery from a major episode of depression and often writes about her Christian faith. In this post she explores the Catch-22 that during times of mental illness when we need God the most, He feels the…… Continue reading When God Feels Far Away

Mental Health & Recovery

To Take Psych Meds Or Not? That Is The Question

Should I take anti-depressants? Should I go to therapy? Can’t I just manage my depesssion with lifestyle changes and natural supplements? These are the questions that everyone who suffers from depression must try to answer. It’s not easy.  At one time I was more likely to suggest natural options. I’m still thankful to get information…… Continue reading To Take Psych Meds Or Not? That Is The Question

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Self Compassion: Giving Myself A Hug

We have the best intentions to stay on top of life, but sooner or later it catches up to all of us. In fact, sometimes it feels as though life has completely swamped us, and it’s all we can do to keep from drowning. At times that overwhelmed feeling is due to completely suffocating grief.…… Continue reading Self Compassion: Giving Myself A Hug

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The Best Thing To Say To Someone With Mental Illness

I’m just going to say it. I have major depression, the clinical, needs medication kind. I’m pretty open about it and I freely tell my friends and family. Much of the time, they don’t know how to respond. I know it’s hard to know what to say. All the “what not to say” lists make it especially…… Continue reading The Best Thing To Say To Someone With Mental Illness