Self-injury is a common response to abuse, but shame often keeps self-harmers silent. Here are some ways to break free, from someone who knows. by Renée Fabian (Content warning: Discussion of self-harm, abuse) I was 17 years old the first time I self-injured.
Going to a mental hospital isn’t a failure, but a courageous step toward feeling better and creating a life worth living. by Renée Fabian My anxiety spiked as I stepped through the sliding glass doors of the mental hospital, duffle bag in hand.
Unstable. Moody. Too Much. Extra. Messy. Folks with mental health issues or mental illnesses often hear these words, either directly or indirectly. The stigma against mental illness isolates and kills countless people every year, and leads to coping behaviors including drug use, unsafe/risky sex and, sadly,
(Content warning: suicide) Brandy Vela, an 18-year-old high school senior, shot herself in front of her family because her peers continued to violently harass her about her body size. Vela sent a heartfelt final text to her family moments before committing suicide, saying,
by Sanjana Lakshmi Content warning: Discussions of rape, suicide My Facebook newsfeed was filled recently with status messages about the heartbreaking story of Samiha Khan, a young South Asian Muslim woman from Queens, New York, who committed suicide due to depression, anxiety