The Great Escape

For a long time, I felt it was something I wasn’t ready to talk about. I wasn’t ashamed, but I felt as though my confidence was still too low to put that out there. For me, it wasn’t the stigma that was attached to mental health that made me worry about speaking out – I was very open with people who knew me. It was because I still feared the person who made me feel that way (especially as they still make comments about me today!), despite no longer having to work with them.

The Other Side

I look in the mirror and all I think about is how much of a failure I am. Am I broken? Is this my fate? Do I have some miswired fuse in my head that makes me this way? I have suffered from depression through different phases in my life, but the latest one was the most dysfunctional.

Michael Phelps – I Didn’t Want to be Alive

It was in 2014, following a second drink-driving charge and a six-month suspension from USA Swimming, that Michael Phelps started to talk. It wasn't easy at first. The 23-time Olympic gold medalist had suffered a downward spiral that had got so bad he confined himself to one room for five days. But talking has helped …

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Mental Illness Feels Like: Creative reflection

Written by Mai Elsayed "If we could look into each other's hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us face, I think we would treat each other more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care." Said Marvin J. Ashton Since I was a little girl, my mind would comprehend things quiet differently than …

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The Bridge, The Bullet & The Overdose

Written by: Kelley McElreath, The Survivor Coach http://www.thesurvivorcoach.com Looking back on my life prior to my attempted suicide, I now see the spiral so clearly. I was so, so sad. I knew something was wrong with me but I really and truly thought it was just what happens to a person after finishing their treatment for cancer. …

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