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‘Anticipatory grief’: Dealing with unknowns in wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Anxiety

‘Anticipatory grief’: Dealing with unknowns in wake of the coronavirus pandemic

This is a follow-up story to a previous piece written by...

Mar 31, 2020

‘These are different times’: Mental illness and self-isolation

Self-isolation can be triggering for someone suffering from mental illness. At the time of writing this, I’m...

Mar 21, 2020

I don’t want to be

About a year or so ago I read a Facebook post that explained what it was like to have anxiety to a friend. I searched and searched for that...

Mar 11, 2020

Maybe I’m the reason

Heavy breathing, shaking body, bloodshot eyes, and nails digging into a scalp. The exhaustion makes it worse, but it leads to the inability to sleep as well. Isn’t that funny?...

Jan 29, 2020

Solitude

I was an unwanted child, the product of an unplanned pregnancy. So my birth parents split immediately and I was awarded to my mother. She was too young for...

Jan 22, 2020

When the glass house shatters

Back in June I experienced something that I’ve never quite ever experienced before. It resulted in me having to take some unexpected time off...

Jan 8, 2020

What it’s like to be suicidal and alone

Warning: Some content may be triggering, reader discretion advised. The first time you tell a stranger that you’re suicidal, it’s predictably weird and it...

Nov 13, 2019

Mental illness does not define me

“It’s my fault” is what I say to myself.  My oldest son, almost nine, was diagnosed with two types of anxiety disorders two...

Oct 30, 2019

I am proof

Hello my name is Heidi , and I am a mental health advocate. I have dealt with mental health issues most of my life, starting as a teenager. Starting in...

Oct 9, 2019

The beast

I started having anxiety attacks at a very young age. I can’t remember any of the details, but I distinctly remember feeling like my mind was leaving my body....

Sep 18, 2019

Men, we have a problem

Men, we have a problem. A deep seeded, long standing practice of remaining silent about our mental health. This “tough guy” facade is killing us. Therefore, we owe it to everyone...

Jun 26, 2019

Born this way

I was born sick. On May 15th, 1992, my lifelong journey with anxiety began. My parents knew nearly right away that something was not right. Doctors, nurses, specialists all said...

May 29, 2019