I am a survivor of mental illness. For most of my life I have struggled with Chronic Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder. I have also gotten to “enjoy” PTSD, an Eating Disorder and Adjustment Disorder. A Traumatic Brain Injury at 22 amplified all of that.
For many years I was in denial, for many years I hid. No more.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health condition but many don’t accept it or seek help because of the stigma, I was one of them.
I no longer deny this part of me, I can’t say that I embrace it but by not hiding it I am able to apply the coping tools to strive for a happy life.
Mental Health Resources
If you are in need of immediate help, please call 911.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
The Crisis Text Line can be accessed by texting BRAVE to 741-741.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Mental Health America (MHA)
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
- International Bipolar Foundation (IBF)
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
- The Jed Foundation
- Campaign to Change Direction
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Postpartum Support International (PSI)
- The Stability Network
- Addiction Center
- Homeless Shelter Directory via Tuck.com