If I Could – Nicole on FC

A huge thank you to Julie Anderson and Feminine Collective for publishing one of my most personal pieces today. I wrote this one quite awhile back in response to people dismissing my illness. If I Could

The Ugliest War of You 

Absolutely amazing. This is exceptional.   I live in a place where people say “faggot”  as causal as one would say, “hello.” A passing respectful nod from a stranger  is common, although just under his brea… Source: The Ugliest War of You 

Is It Good Enough? – Matthew D. Eayre

My first day at preschool, I could see that the teacher's aide wanted to teach me the letters, so I didn't say,   I know this already... I was afraid of hurting her feelings. When she asked me to try, I read the words and kept reading, I learned to read at home when I [...]

Anchored

Until you've tethered your madness to someone else's sanity in order to keep breathing, you don't know vulnerability.    

Dear Ignorant People on World Bipolar Day

Let’s chat, shall we? I hear you’re oh so tired of “this whole mental illness thing” so let me be quick, just clear up a few things for you, and then you can be on your way. My illness is as real, and as painful, as the physical illness that your beautiful child was born [...]

In All That I Am – Nicole Lyons

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 [...]

Crazy Diamonds – By Julie Anderson

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 [...]

Crazy is a Luxury

It's finally here, the day has come when I see my GP about an ECT consult. The medication/psychiatric merry-go-round is killing me. I can't do this anymore. I haven't left my house in weeks, I haven't written for PC because let's be honest, I'm not doing so well with "Living well with mental illness" and [...]

Fear and Acceptance by Jason Insalaco

Fear and Acceptance by Jason Insalaco

Please give a very warm TLC welcome to Jason Insalaco from Instinctive Bird. Thank you for sharing your story and creating a community where people can feel safe and supported.   Hi, my name is Jay Insalaco. I've been living with bipolar disorder type 1 and addiction to drugs and alcohol for the last twenty [...]

Halloween: Are We Perpetuating Stigma? | Embracing Balance

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