So much of grief is learning how to integrate our shadow selves into the rest of us.
"‘You three get two scoops of ice cream.’ She then looked at me and said, ‘You’ll get a kiddie scoop.’”
"I avoided those relationships where love was free and easy. Because it didn't feel 'earned,' so I didn't feel worthy."
I used my proximity to body positive spaces to disregard the very idea that I needed help — and I'm paying the price physically, mentally, and emotionally now.
"You never lived to see the day when your life didn’t require a disclaimer — instead, your death now required one, too."
As both a suicide attempt and loss survivor, I need to climb up onto my soapbox for a minute. Suicide attempts, from a "preventative" standpoint, are rarely, if ever, as easily prevented as calling a hotline or a loved one. "Reaching out" — while incredibly important — is not the be-all-end-all of preventative strategies. Especially [...]
If your goal for therapy is impossible? You might give up before you ever get to the good stuff.
Many of the people who still insist that being transgender is a 'disorder' don’t actually care about our mental health.
"I am absolutely terrified that my mental health status will be used against me."
After my friend's suicide, I realized something: We ask people to reach out. But we never explain how.