Depression / Mental Health / Suicide / Suicide Ideation / Wellness

Finding Help for Major Depressive Disorder

Some of the most challenging relationships we have are with family members. We are bound to them in ways that are difficult to escape. Due to these relationships, the long holiday season may have exacerbated your depression symptoms. Or you may find your depression growing during winter for other reasons. However, being aware of major … Continue reading

Abuse / Anxiety / Boundaries / Depression / Emotional Abuse / Gaslighting / Mental Health / Psychological Abuse / Suicide / Suicide Ideation / Verbal Abuse / Wellness

Gaslighting and Coercive Control

One of the more difficult methods of abuse to pinpoint is gaslighting. It is a harmful method of emotional abuse, which tricks victims into disbelieving their own memories. Occurring over an extended period of time, gaslighting can keep victims trapped in dangerous situations. Its tactics can help abusers hide their behaviors that they don’t want … Continue reading

Depression / Suicide

YA Author Jasmine Warga on Depression and Suicide

Jasmine Warga’s debut novel, My Heart and Other Black Holes, follows sixteen-year-old Aysel, who’s obsessed with plotting her own death. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she can do it alone. Once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy haunted by a family … Continue reading

Abuse / Anxiety / Depression / Psychological Abuse / Suicide / Wellness

Thoughts On My Stigma Fighters Post

It took me awhile, but I finally found the stomach to write about my own story.  I know other people, who I’ve never met, have certainly helped me by sharing their stories, struggles, and triumphs.  So despite my discomfort and chest palpitations–I hate when they return!–writing about the heavier aspects of my own depression, suicide … Continue reading