Addressing Mental Health Stigma in Academia

This topic warrants more time, research, and reflection, but I want to begin sharing my initial reflections here, due to some recent experiences. I’ve been baffled by the irony of mental health stigma in our communities. Especially in my locality for the past 9 years. Washington, DC has probably some of the most “depressed”  or 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 Silence Will Kill Us

“In the end we will remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We are trained in our society to hide our pain and compress our fears. We are conditioned to share our happiness with everyone, yet keep our sorrow to ourselves, locked up Read More

“Out of the Darkness”: Take Three ….

Yesterday, I participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP)  11th Annual “Out of the Darkness’ Community Walk in Washington, DC. The event took place in front of the Lincoln memorial this year, a place with a lot of history, where many important and historic marches and movements have transpired. It was my third Read More

Preventing Suicide…..Harnessing the Power of “Storytelling”

“So you give me the choice between the rope, the gun, the blade, or poison. And blame these attempts upon the surrendered mind….” – 14 year old Elsa   {Please Note: The language used in this post is not intended to create triggers, but rather to offer some insight on the brutal truth and reality Read More