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  1. Start New

    “Sean knows me, recognizes these lows after 18 years together, and has mastered worrying from a gentle distance.” When Amanda feels herself sliding, she trusts those closest to her to shepherd her toward the sunshine.

    Family
  2. How to Disappear

    For Alex DiFrancesco, coming out as transgender — even to themself — wasn’t possible without first disappearing.

    Identity
  3. I Wished to be a Sparrow (Reflections on Depression)

    Alexis Kanda-Olmstead contemplates finding faith in the depths of her despair: “Depression is like being dead in a world that is cruelly alive.”

    Mental Health
  4. Even Warriors Get the Blues #BellLetsTalk

    #BellLetsTalk is a day devoted to ending the stigma around mental illness: “So please, allow yourself to grieve and feel. Seek help, talk to your peers, talk to your doctor, find a support group, reach out. Life is too short to be depressed but even cancer warriors get the blues.”

    Mental Health
  5. A girl’s story

    “But the boy had not been able to stop giving away the pieces of his heart, you see. And he had run out. There were none left to share with the girl.” A sad (and true) tale of depression, adultery, and divorce, made all the more moving for its simple storytelling style.

    Mental Health
  6. Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic…Depressed

    “The fear of deportation never leaves our thoughts. Some of us might be protected under DACA, but our loved ones are still at risk.” Life in the US as a DREAM Act beneficiary — with parents still undocumented.

    Current Events
  7. Mother and Daughter: An (In)Complete History of (Almost) Suicide

    “Suicide was not a ‘truth’ I held dear. . . . With help and effort, I have learned to distinguish between my own, actual beliefs and that other voice that is just a misfire occurring in my brain.” Amy Bee discovers that she doesn’t want to die.

    Death
  8. Passing Time

    “I needed my sobriety to stand on its own, rather than ebbing and flowing with the tides of my fickle faith.” An unflinching essay on religion, self-image, and the writer’s complicated path out of addiction.

    Essay
  9. An Open Letter To Amanda Lauren From Someone ‘Beyond Help’

    “You celebrated the death of a mentally ill person. In doing so, you told people everywhere, ‘Some people with mental illness are better off dead.’” Sam Dylan Finch responds to a woman who writes that the death of an old friend was a blessing.

    Mental Health
  10. I don’t believe in “self care” (and it should be obsolete)

    How much of self-care is taking true responsibility for our health, and how much is capitalism-driven consumerism? A call for “community care” from a mental health activist.

    Mental Health
  11. I Am The Passenger

    “This — staring down Death’s black mouth every day while we pretend everything will be just fine — this and opposable thumbs separate us from animals.” In the throes of depression, one blogger considers her most profound fear.

    Death
  12. The “After” Myth

    “Losing weight does not mean you no longer struggle with your weight; I wish I had truly understood that. I still struggle with food. I still struggle with me.” The blogger at Can Anybody Hear Me? on losing weight, but failing to discover (and truly love) herself.

    Health
  13. Tell Me About Your Despair

    Sunny Moraine on vulnerability: “I made a promise to myself to start writing ugly. To keep my prose beautiful — it’s really important to me to have beautiful prose — but to confront the gross, angry, shameful things in me, to take my mental illness and my emotional problems and bring them out in my work.”

    Mental Health
  14. I Can’t Change the Sunlight

    “What troubled me was the sunlight. It didn’t change falling through those glass squares with spider-silk corners. It was the same heavy beam with bits of rising grime. My childhood had come again.” A poignant piece of memoir on depression by author Patrick W. Marsh.

    Authors
  15. The Production of Monsters

    “But when I cannot make myself believe in a warmth that I cannot feel, maybe I will think of my grandfather’s feet or Goya’s monsters, and I will forgive myself.” At The Not Me, Francesca Milliken muses on depression, fear, and memories of her grandfather.

    Mental Health