August 15, 2018

In my initiative with We Are Alive, I was prepared to share my story with the world. Granted, I was scared -- terrified really -- at laying myself bare. But the feedback was strong. Fortifying. And that's the reason I write today. 

I fear that in my original post and th...

June 10, 2018

Lately, I’ve been on a gratuity kick. It’s been two years and some-odd months since I was diagnosed with severe depression and suicidal ideation. 6 years since generalized anxiety. In a way, I’m celebrating mental “sobriety “– not including my liver. But there’s been s...

May 30, 2018

 For those of you who have been living under a rock, last spring 2017 Netflix released their smash hit series 13 Reasons Why which told the story of Hannah Baker and the series of events that eventually led up to her suicide. The series was graphic, inflammatory,...

March 10, 2018

The following piece was written as a commissioned article by Aware Online, another great organization focusing on reforming the rhetoric around mental health. 

They say if a friendship lasts more than seven years then it will last a lifetime. Can we just 

appreciate how...

February 20, 2018

I called it my prison then, and it was a beautiful one, whether or not I felt it then. Now, at twenty-five, I know many more metaphorical prisons existed in that house, but back then it was physical, hedged by the gardens you only find in suburbia and a long, thin back...

February 10, 2018

One of the first things I did when I emerged from my three-day stint in the hospital for depression was start a blog. I titled it "Fruit of the Loon," always a fan of puns. I assumed no one would ever find it who would sue me for copyright infringement on the name of a...

January 31, 2018

I wrote a long and involved timeline of my collegiate experience and struggle with mental illness, but as the woman on the other side of graduation, the journey isn't about what happened. It has and will always be about the people along the way [and what I learned from...

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