Why I “Walk to Fight Suicide”…

On Saturday, November 2nd, I participated in the AFSP 13th Annual DC Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention for the 5th consecutive year. By the time the event began, AFSP raised approximately $315,000 with the goal to reach $350,000 this year!The funds go towards research and advocacy, training, and community awareness among Read More

Thirty-Five Years – Reflecting on Dreams, Fears, and Tears…

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”  – Edgar Allan Poe Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.    – Langston Hughes Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who Read More

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!

I had these shoes for nearly five years, come this summer…. I got them during my medical leave that year, a few months after I attempted to take my life and landed myself in a psych ward of a hospital. The shoes became an integral part of my “survival routine,” since then. They have been Read More

The Purple Earrings

This morning, I had a severe panic attack because I could not find my favorite purple earrings. 🙂 But of course,  as you could guess, it wasn’t just about the earrings. So I figured I’d take this as an opportunity to reflect. For those who struggle with clinical depression, OCD or anxiety, or the related, Read More

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International  Women’s Day. As we celebrate men and women everywhere, we have to remember, it is not just about celebrating women that have broken the silence and that have overcame and tore down the barriers. It’s about demanding social equity, equality and justice. ….. On a more personal note ….. One of my resolutions Read More

Drawing Strength in Moments of Relapse

I went jogging outside for the first time this week since I returned from Pakistan and the first time this new year. Those who have read some of my posts in the past know that jogging outdoors is an important part of my “survival package.” This critical piece of my routine had been missing for Read More

Cheers to Fresh Perspectives and New Beginnings

We are a little over a month into the new year and it is almost a week since I returned from my field work in Pakistan. I didn’t have the chance to write in my blog for nearly two months because of my travels, and being immersed in what came out to be a trip Read More