Stigma Fighters Founder and CEO Sarah Fader Starts Publishing Company

Sarah Fader grew up in the 90s when mental illness was heavily stigmatized. At 15, she began having panic attacks. She remembers that the Books of Magic comic book series gave her a fear of death. She wrote it off by saying it was existential dread. At her performing arts high school in New York,Continue reading “Stigma Fighters Founder and CEO Sarah Fader Starts Publishing Company”

Connecticut Mental Health Advocate Karen Kangas Shares Her Story to Help Others Seek Treatment

Karen Kangas, director of recovery and family affairs at Hartford Healthcare, used to work as a principal of a school. That is before she was hospitalized for a manic episode and the doctor in the hospital said she would never work again. Her school superintendant came to see her and told her she would beContinue reading “Connecticut Mental Health Advocate Karen Kangas Shares Her Story to Help Others Seek Treatment”

An Open Letter to Beatrice Francis Spade

For those of you who may not know Beatrice Spade is the 13-year-old daughter of Kate Spade, fashion designer who recently passed away from complications from depression, anxiety and maybe bipolar. Kate Spade died by suicide. Dear Beatrice, Your mom created a brand, a brand known to all and utilized by many. She had successContinue reading “An Open Letter to Beatrice Francis Spade”

Mental Health for First Responders, Important to Grasp Spiritual First Aid Every day

  Officer Paul Buchanan, an East Hartford, Connecticut, police officer was decorated, had won awards, and a friend to all. “Even the bad guys would ask for him,” said Trish Buchanan, his wife of 29 years. He was a father of two sons, won police officer of the year in 2008, but throughout his careerContinue reading “Mental Health for First Responders, Important to Grasp Spiritual First Aid Every day”

Review of This is My Brave Boston

Photo pictures: Founder and executive director of This is My Brave Jennifer Marshall on right with her coworker Lauren     Last night, I attended a magical show. Magic, because people combatted societal stigma to open up about struggles many of us consider taboo. Brave people. Human. I attended the This is My Brave showContinue reading “Review of This is My Brave Boston”

Jenna Bush Hager moderated a conversation with Patrick J. Kennedy about mental health at a Tara’s Closet fundraiser

    Before moderating the conversation with Patrick Kennedy at the 2nd annual talk to embrace mental health awareness sponsored by Tara’s Closet out of Jewish Family Services in West Hartford CT, Jenna Bush Hager spoke a few poignant words herself. She had read in a magazine that week that with the trailer alone ofContinue reading “Jenna Bush Hager moderated a conversation with Patrick J. Kennedy about mental health at a Tara’s Closet fundraiser”

Michelle Hammer Talks about Changing the Mental Health Conversation through Clothing and Wearable Gear

  Michelle Hammer considers herself lucky. “I’m a very lucky schizophrenic,” she said. One day while on the subway she encountered a homeless man talking to himself like she used to do. It forced her to see that without meds, her doctor and family and friends she could fall into this same position. This ledContinue reading “Michelle Hammer Talks about Changing the Mental Health Conversation through Clothing and Wearable Gear”

Less than Numb: Overcoming Self-Destructive Urges

Photo courtesy of Google Trigger Warning: This post is about self-harm. A blogger friend of mine recently had a relapse with self-injury and is now in the hospital. Thinking about taking a wrong step. Thinking about feeling a little less than numb. Thinking about what it would feel like to cut myself again. I haven’tContinue reading “Less than Numb: Overcoming Self-Destructive Urges”

March for Our Lives Rallies Shed Light on Gun Violence issues across United States

Photo of  Olivia Broderick, a sophomore at North Haven High School It was a cold, March 24, Saturday in front of the state capital and Bushnell Park in Hartford Connecticut. People filed in with placards for the March for Our Lives rally and march, one of many that took place across the United States, theContinue reading “March for Our Lives Rallies Shed Light on Gun Violence issues across United States”