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Talking about why it’s important to talk about it

I have had an anxiety problem for almost five years now. It was after four years...

Mar 23, 2017

I’m ashamed

I remember the first time my Dad told me that he wanted to kill himself. It is, of course, one of those things a person never forgets. There were...

Mar 21, 2017

Inclusion in the workplace

My story is about lack of inclusion. It started when I graduated from grad school in 1992. I went to the University for...

Mar 16, 2017

To the community, thank you

Hey SNW community, Jessica here, just wanted to say a little something. Today marks the first anniversary/birthday/year of badassness of SNW and I wanted...

Mar 10, 2017

It’s fucking tough, let me tell you

Mental illness, depression specifically, has been the biggest hurdle I’ve had to overcome in my life. At 29 years old; I've suffered the...

Mar 9, 2017

Why Stigma is a F@#r-Letter Word

I first learned about mental illness and stigma because of a heart defect. That probably sounds odd to you, but it will soon...

Mar 7, 2017

This will not break me

I thought having three diagnosed mental illnesses, would help me write about my fourth but holy hell, this one ... man ... it’s been difficult!   While I am a sufferer...

Mar 2, 2017

What we don’t say when we talk about the high

I still can’t settle on what came first, the high or the mental illness. I can,...

Feb 28, 2017

A work in progress

Per Wikipedia; Borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense...

Feb 23, 2017

The recovery I needed

I grew up watching my mother battle Bipolar (I) Disorder.  It was a scary and confusing experience when she would cycle into a manic moment and then plummet into...

Feb 22, 2017

Patching the hole

This morning, my mom sent me a picture of her latest home renovation project – patching the massive hole in the hallway outside my room. “On to bigger and...

Feb 16, 2017

Leave of Absence

“You need to get your heart pumping,” said my doctor, “Get some fresh blood to your brain.” The last thing anyone with crippling depression wants to do is exercise. During...

Feb 14, 2017