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Ad Astra Per Aspera: Through adversity to the stars

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Ad Astra Per Aspera: Through adversity to the stars

“How are you?” – it’s a, pointless question with an already desired response. Because you see,...

Mar 24, 2021

Depression and the senses

There is an invisible thick black, oppressive blob over our house. You can't smell, taste, hear, or touch it but it's there. It's...

Mar 17, 2021

Mental illness can also be a gift

From ten years of age until now, I have dealt with mental illness on various levels.  As a young child with split parents,...

Mar 10, 2021

Garden depression

It's 7:32 on Saturday morning and I am replying to a text about how my adult son is doing. I hate that question. If I tell the truth and...

Mar 3, 2021

Better than I let myself believe

I know there is no ending to this particular story, as one truly never “gets better” from depression. For the longest time however,...

Jan 20, 2021

Lost touch with reality

My story with mental illness began in March 2010. I was completing my final year undergraduate research project at a local university. I...

Dec 2, 2020

I’m trying my best

I feel so raw and exposed, on this healing journey I've chose. And nobody even knows, if this will work or when. It's difficult to deal with all these...

Nov 25, 2020

Fighting like never before

Editor's Note: Warning, some language in this story may be triggering for some, reader discretion is advised. At my wedding ceremony in the late...

Nov 11, 2020

The simple gesture of writing get-well cards

People from near and far are admitted to the Regional Hospital into the Adult Psychiatric Unit...

Nov 4, 2020

An open letter to all essential workers

I see you. Because I am you. I am a Public Servant. I know you’re scared but you’re brave anyways. The hero you are. Never...

Oct 21, 2020

My most successful failures

As a heterosexual, white male (6’8”, 285lbs - give or take 15 lbs. either way), I’ve lived a privileged life. I’ve thrived professionally for...

Oct 14, 2020

You can do this

It’s never an easy thing to admit you’ve been lying to yourself. In my case, I can’t say that I admitted to anything. It was almost like the realizations of...

Oct 7, 2020