Another Suicide Note

Found another suicide note in my thirteen year old’s daughter’s bedroom. The note is more specific than the first one we found last summer that upended our lives. This time she has a date and a means (“OD on whatever she can find” or “hang.”) She’s becoming more savvy. Tons of questions plague my mind:... Continue Reading →

A Mother’s Heartbreak

            Last Friday my husband and I drove my thirteen-year-old daughter to the ER after she expressed concern that she would take her life no matter what my husband or I did. Our daughter has been struggling with suicidal ideation for over a year, but when she said she could no longer trust herself to... Continue Reading →

The Riddle of Resilience

When I’m feeling well, I feel very resilient, but when I’m not—when depression sets in as it inevitably does— I feel weak, like I’ve failed to stay well and I should have known better. I think, “How could I let this happen? Why didn’t I practice my coping skills better? How did I miss the... Continue Reading →

“I wish I knew what to say.”

I hear this a lot when I'm in the midst of a depressive episode. It's understandable that someone who doesn't suffer from depression wouldn't know what to say. Thankfully there are plenty of resources and services out there to educate oneself and learn. This article, in particular, provides some helpful advice for caregivers, friends, and... Continue Reading →

Keeping It Real

Sometimes you can do all the right things (e.g., practice gratitude, mindfulness, reframe distortions, use positive self-talk and affirmations, exercise, eat right) and depression can still rear its ugly old head in and leave you in a world of suck. I’ve really been struggling the past few weeks and my biggest fear is: what if... Continue Reading →

Beating the Bipolar Blues

During this time of year, my mood often plummets. Whether it’s due to less daylight, colder temperatures, less physical activity, back to school blues, or triggering family holidays, I become more irritable and sad. This article contains lots of good advice to beat those blues! https://www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder/depression?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=opt&utm_campaign=vrayler-interest-bipolar-hl-dynamic&fbclid=IwAR2ismr5NzlO1b_ywtoTl4oji3KOPCyBFOKuY0q5yZi29vSP8NLcCf84T8w#beactive

Making the Most of Therapy Sessions

Have you ever left a therapy session or psych doc appointment thinking, ugh. I forgot to ask about x! It happens all the time to me. I either forget to make a note of it, or lose that note, or forget to mention it during the appointment. This article has some great advice https://www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder/therapist-visit-guide?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=opt&utm_campaign=vraylar-interest-bipolar-hl-dynamic&fbclid=IwAR0jcMk6cZNyzc7wTJx4lZsk8pI7BwDqkz5jhWRh8s_sgVGJICYc1EbOGUE#Do%20your%20homework I... Continue Reading →

The Power of Peer Advocacy

Of all the wellness tips and techniques I've learned, the most impactful and surest way for me to stay healthy is through peer advocacy. Sharing my story and providing hope to others gives me purpose and value. It also reminds me how far I've come and how important it is to practice all of the... Continue Reading →

You Are Not Alone

Dealing with mental illness is tough enough, but add a pandemic and nationwide protests and it can feel even more overwhelming and isolating, especially when you are stuck at home and don't feel like you can do anything about it. The situation feels hopeless and those old, familiar feelings of despair set in. While it's... Continue Reading →

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