“I expect some stigma from people who don’t know better, from everyday people who’ve never walked my path, or anything that resembles my path. It doesn’t make it right, but I still know to expect it. There are people who think my child makes suicide attempts just to get attention. There are people who think my child is just spoiled and babied. They don’t live with her pain, a pain so deep, the only relief she sees is death.
But I never expected to be slapped in the face with mental health stigma from health care workers.
Shaneequa shares her story of how much her identity was tied to the approval of her parents and her life plan and after that came into question again and again, how she fell apart.
UnfilteredMama shares her story of being a teenager who didn’t fit and feeling the happiest when she self-harmed. She explains why she stopped and why today she is not afraid to show her scars.
Darius Murray shares a candid glimpse into his life with depression and his struggles to live through it.
Beth Burgmeyer tells a moving story of how she never dreamed that her beautiful, bright, sensitive, compassionate daughter would want to die. Beg to die. That every moment of the last few months would be dedicated to keeping her daughter alive.
Lily shares the story of her heartbreaking breakup, the depression that followed, and the realization that had her digging for what she truly valued in life.
Irving Schattner shares his experience with anxiety and depression and how showing up at support group one day changed his life.