"‘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’m breathless now, looking back at all the ways you would not back down from survival.
Eating disorders are built on a house of lies, but if it's the only house you've ever lived in, you just won't see it that way.
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.
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 [...]
After my friend's suicide, I realized something: We ask people to reach out. But we never explain how.