Eva Breitenbach

It’s funny how when I look back on this year, Bell’s Palsy was probably the best thing that happened to me. It was just this really powerful clarifying force. Before I would get so caught up in my emotions. Something would happen, and then I would have this huge emotional response to it, and that would be my reality and I couldn’t get out of it. Now I have some distance from my emotions. I can make choices.Read more

Haley Cope

Over the next two days, I really wanted to commit suicide. I said this to the therapist and he was like, “I’m going to have to go talk to someone about this.” As soon as he said that and left the room, I’m like, “Fuck, I’m going to get transported.” Sure enough, when he comes back, he’s like, “I’m sorry. We’re going to have to transport you now.”Read more

Anita Horn

What you see in other people isn’t all there is. You might be thinking everybody else around you has it together, but they really don’t. You find out about that by being honest and vulnerable yourself. I used to think that the goal was to be perfect and that everyone expected me to be perfect. I don’t feel that way anymore. I’ve got a lot of flaws and it’s perfectly okay.Read more

Sathya Silva

And that’s when things started to go back downhill. I went to talk to my supervisor about it, and the first thing he said was, “Well, you don’t want to blacklist yourself.” Things had been fine with my supervisor for the first few years, but it turned out the new me was totally incompatible with him.Read more

Rosalind Picard

I had the first thoughts ever of suicide during that time. That’s when I started really worrying about myself. I had this image of approaching a cliff, and I would get near an edge and I would feel this panicked feeling. I felt like I was getting so close to it that if I looked over it I could fall, that I was going to let myself slip. That was a very scary feeling.Read more

Jay Keyser

It was the morning of April 26, 2014. I was doing my normal exercises, ones that I’d done countless times before. All of a sudden, my leg just gave way and I fell flat on my back onto a rug. Had it happened to a normal person, it would have simply knocked the air out of them, but it turns out that my spine was not a normal spine. In fact, the neurosurgeon told me that it was the crappiest spine he’d ever seen.Read more

Michael McClellan

Of course I never acted on those thoughts, because ultimately, I’d like to think that I’m a good, nice person and I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. A lot of people have intrusive thoughts enter their head, but there’s a filter, and most people can let them go. I would sit there and be worried. My hands would start getting cold because there was always this gripping fear in the back of my mind. What if I actually did it?Read more

Grace Taylor

I took Prozac for the first time when I was fourteen, and it was a really profound experience. It was the first time I realized that my identity is separate from my depression. I felt like myself for the first time. The darkness and sadness and anxiety that I thought was me was actually changeable.Read more

Therese Henderson

He said you’re not going back to school. I was terrified. I didn’t know what was going to happen to me. What does this mean for my life? What does this mean for my future? You have to go to school. I had no support from anyone. It was pretty bleak. The school was not coming to my aid. The teachers that I knew, the librarian that I was friends with, weren’t coming to save me. I couldn’t ask for help. I was ashamed and embarrassed to have such a horrible parent.Read more