The Philosophy of Suicide

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Please do take all I write here with a grain of salt. I’m just a philosophy major and I’ve not yet taken a class, but I do pride myself on being able to compound information and spit it out cohesively rather well, as well as being able to logic things out, so to speak, passably…

Stigma and Mental Health Awareness Month: A Conversation

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Mental Health Awareness Month is upon us, and the darling Katie Suss and I thought it would be fruitful to cover a range of topics related to stigma and discussing mental health with peers. There are a few bases that we want to cover, so we’re gonna do this conversation style. Katie and I are…

6 Books That Will Enhance Your Understanding of Mental Illness

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By now, if you’re a recurrent visitor, you’ve probably seen the short list of books I keep perched on the front page of this site. If you haven’t, every book there will be on this list, so no need to click out. I thought it might be worthwhile to expand upon it, as well as…

Anorexia and PTSD

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This week, the 25th of February through the 2nd of March, is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It’s also the last week during which I won’t be glued to my phone, hungering for college acceptance emails, but for the purposes of this site I’m going to stick to writing about eating disorders instead of fretting…

What’s Hardest About Being the Parent of a Mentally Ill Young Person? That’s really the wrong question.

On a really tough day last month, feeling nearly desperate about a major problem I was having at work, I wallowed for hours in helpless fear and anger.  Finally I reined myself in by briefly imagining that these feelings are what my mentally ill daughter goes through perhaps every day to some degree and some…

Loneliness (Olivia)

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I’m at my most vulnerable when I’m lonely, by far. Most of my family members are introverts, and can go long, long periods of time without needing human interaction. My sister and father are especially like this, as are many of my extended family members. My mother and I- me to an extreme- are reliant…

Pete Davidson and Socially Acceptable Mental Illness

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Over this past weekend, I perceived one of my fundamental understandings of mental illness to be challenged. I watched as someone posted about their active suicidal ideations on social media, bare for all to see, and got a near-unanimously positive reaction. Every article, tweet, comment section that I read was heaping on the comfort and…

2 Well-Meaning Things NOT to Say to Struggling Friends

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In general, it’s better to say something than to say nothing at all. When I was in middle school, I didn’t understand this. I saw friends struggling in the sixth and seventh grade and I froze. I figured that if I said anything to them, they’d be triggered (this, before “triggered” was such a buzzword)…

4 Ways to Just Get Through the Moment

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You’ve just been broken up with. You have a huge test tomorrow. You failed that huge test you had yesterday. Your OCD or anxiety is flaring and everything is closing in on you, or threatening to burst. You feel a panic attack bubbling and brewing. You may have self harm urges or suicidal ideations. What,…

Reflections on PTSD: Veterans Day and Beyond

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Today is a national day of observance of Veterans Day, though the holiday was technically yesterday, November 11th. Holiday never did seem like quite the right way to describe the day, to me. It seems too positively connoted. None of my nuclear or extended family have served that I know of, so I generally spend…

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