Unmade Bed – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

  I never could make sense out of my own heart. The way it hurts like it was broken in the womb, and I reach for everything like an umbilical cord. I wonder about the moment when this life became too bright for the battlefield behind my eyes. I close them, thinking maybe I can … Continue reading Unmade Bed – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

Fancy Shoes – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

There's not a simple way to explain the process of this sickness disguised trick or treat surprise guessing game. No easy way to help you understand. But I can tell you; these fancy shoes have never felt good. They feel permanent. They feel like forever swirling around in quicksand turning to concrete. Stuck on a … Continue reading Fancy Shoes – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

Six Words

It's amazing how much can be said, or not said, in six little words.  

In All That I Am – Nicole Lyons

In All That I Am If I could draw a blade across my wrist to show you that my veins clog with the sludge of ugliness, you would never again ask me, “Why are you so tired?” If I could crack open my skull to free my mind, you would see that it is not … Continue reading In All That I Am – Nicole Lyons

Crazy Diamonds – By Julie Anderson

  I recently read an outstanding book that made the case FOR mental illness, rather than AGAINST it. Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Programme at Tufts Medical Center, wrote, A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness. Gandhi, President Kennedy, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther King Jr., were examined from … Continue reading Crazy Diamonds – By Julie Anderson

The Trick Question – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

    The dreaded question you will hear throughout your life is well intended, but the meaning changes over time, and sometimes that changes what the answer would have been. "Are you okay?"  Answer it now, like an honesty bomb just blew from your mouth, as if you have never been coached to answer in … Continue reading The Trick Question – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

“I spent five days looking up ways to kill myself.”

A brave and beautiful post.