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”

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”

“I don’t know” An answer to a question or a conversation stopper

It was 1980-something, I was 12-years-old. We live in Simsbury, Connecticut—a very heterosexual, WASPY town in New England. My parents always told me to never tell your religion to anybody, not even to talk about the subject of religion. It is Sunday and I am in Granby, the next town over, at a friend’s house.Continue reading ““I don’t know” An answer to a question or a conversation stopper”

Profile in Brave: Hannah Blum, Vlogger and Mental Health Influencer, living with bipolar 2

  The night of prom, after being nominated prom queen, Hannah Blum had a breakdown and never made it to the dance. “I looked in the mirror and couldn’t connect what was going on inside,” said Blum. As a junior in high school, she became withdrawn from herself and was self-harming. She had always beenContinue reading “Profile in Brave: Hannah Blum, Vlogger and Mental Health Influencer, living with bipolar 2”

Fitness Builds Self-Confidence and Adds to Mental Health

John Zvonek has been in mental health recovery for 12 years since he was age 25. “I had to find healthy habits,” he said. “I had to take my recovery seriously that meant no drinking, drugs and be as healthy as I could possibly be.” He gained 80 pounds in one month because of hisContinue reading “Fitness Builds Self-Confidence and Adds to Mental Health”

Recovering from a Mass Shooting

In light of the shooting in the Parkland, FL high school and to the 18 other shootings which happened between January and now, I would like to call for better mental healthcare in America’s middle, high schools and colleges. There is an organization Active Minds which strives to change the conversation about mental health onContinue reading “Recovering from a Mass Shooting”

Profile in Brave: Rudy Caseres, a passionate mental health advocate

“I see mental health advocacy as a human rights issue,” said Rudy Caseres. Rudy is most passionate about advocating against forced treatment. It says this in his bio on Facebook. Rudy is a social media entrepreneur hosting live chats on Facebook with inspiring advocates of mental health. He was a cast member in the 2017Continue reading “Profile in Brave: Rudy Caseres, a passionate mental health advocate”

Tara’s Closet: A Two-fold mission to End Stigma of Mental illness and Clothe Hartford’s Neediest populations

Barbara Roth, mother of Tara Savin, holds Tara’s jacket in Tara’s Closet Photo Courtesy of Kim Margolis, JFS Tara Savin was a bright and talented young woman who battled bipolar disorder symptoms perhaps since the 6th grade. She attended the private school Kingswood Oxford and then it was on to Boston University where she doubleContinue reading “Tara’s Closet: A Two-fold mission to End Stigma of Mental illness and Clothe Hartford’s Neediest populations”