Going to College With a Mental Health Concern

Author: Valery B. Starting college is a nerve-racking and exciting process, an event unlike any other experienced by eighteen and nineteen year olds thus far. For many of us, college is the first time we branch away from our families. Some of us travel far, while others close, but regardless of the distance, we all [...]

Time to Start the Conversation: There Is Nothing Wrong With Asking for Help

Author: Valery B We talk about diminishing the stigma around mental health, but what about acknowledging the stigma around asking for help?  At 11-years-old, I had my first, face-to-face encounter with mental health. I do not remember exactly what led me to open the internet and look up symptoms of depression, but there I was, 11-years-old, looking [...]

Winning a Battle Over Depression and Anxiety: Sara’s Story

Author: Sara B. When dealing with a mental illness, reaching out for help can be extremely taunting and hard.  I am sharing my story with you so that you can see how I went from hiding my pain to talking to others and searching for the correct treatment that could help me get better.  I [...]

My Depression and Anxiety Are Not Who I Am: Sarah’s Story

Author: Sarah M. I am not my anxiety. I am not my panic disorder. I am not my depression, and I am not my suicidal ideations. I am not my irrational thoughts about not wanting to leave my house. I am not my thoughts about wanting to crash my car, and I am not dramatic. [...]

Recovery Is All About Giving Yourself Time to Heal

Author: Valery B. People who do not understand mental illnesses always look at me with bug-eyed wonder when I tell them that I am still recovering from eating disorders - despite my treatment being terminated for two years now - and that I will continue to recover for a very long time.

I Will Rise: Lauren’s Story

Author: Lauren S. Mental illnesses are becoming more and more common. In my honest opinion, I feel that everyone deals with a mental illness at some point in their lives; however, no matter what disorder someone may be battling, there is always a possibility to recover. Help is always available, no matter what. I was [...]

What a Life of Self-Hatred Looks Like

Author: Valery B. My family tells me that I am beautiful. My friends tell me that I am one of the sweetest people they know. My teachers praise me for my knowledge and my peers believe me to be a very intellectual young adult. People tell me that they are jealous of the confidence I [...]

Prioritize Yourself and Your Health

Author: Valery B. On the day that I was hospitalized for anorexia and bulimia, I vowed to myself that I would do everything in my power – once I got better – to help people in similar situations gain the courage, strength and bravery to speak out about their struggles and to seek help. I [...]

Nobody Saw Me Dying: A Struggle with Depression and Suicide

Author: Valery B. Not too long ago, I stood by my bathroom window, my head touching the cold glass. My eyes were staring into the grey mist of the world, while tears streamed down my cheeks. The moment was marked by silence. Nobody saw me. Nobody heard me. I was standing and crying – as I [...]

How to Deal with the Fear of Giving up on Yourself

Author: Valery B. For the past couple of weeks, I have been living with the fear of giving up on myself. Personally, for me, that means losing sight of everything that I have always been passionate about and motivated to do: recovering from anorexia and bulimia, leading a successful campaign, graduating from high school with straight [...]