Photo Essay: A Day in the Life with Mental Illness

One in five Americans lives with a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), yet there is often a lack of empathy found in discussions surrounding these life-altering ailments. There can be too much emphasis on diagnostic labels instead of putting each person as an individual first.  Dionne Mobley, 49, loves to… Continue reading Photo Essay: A Day in the Life with Mental Illness

Where is Mental Health Pride Month?

As I sit in my NYC studio apartment with a view overlooking Union Square Park, I am proud to live in a place that is so accepting of diversity. For the whole month of June, the areas I frequent in lower Manhattan have been inundated with rainbow symbols, flags, and displays showing support for the… Continue reading Where is Mental Health Pride Month?

A New Yorker’s Guide to Living with Mental Illness

As some of you may know, two months ago I moved to New York City as I transferred colleges to pursue my studies in journalism. I am currently on spring break and, for the first time since I moved to NYC, I am back in my hometown in the Chicago suburbs. I had not anticipated… Continue reading A New Yorker’s Guide to Living with Mental Illness

What No One Tells You About Eating Disorder Recovery

Wow, February is going by fast. At the beginning of the month I was so on top of writing on my blog, but then school got so busy! I have still been writing a lot, but most of it has been for class and my school’s student newspaper. It has been great getting real journalism… Continue reading What No One Tells You About Eating Disorder Recovery

Living My Best Life

My life is not perfect, but for the first time in a long time I am feeling content. Yes I still have my issues, illnesses, and ailments, but I made a big decision to transfer schools and have no regrets. I was so unhappy at my previous institutions and today has just really validated my… Continue reading Living My Best Life

YouTube & My Mental Health

I started watching YouTube videos my freshman year of high school and quickly became obsessed. The YouTubers I watch have changed over the years, but my enjoyment of YouTube has not faltered. Some people binge watch Netflix; I binge watch YouTube. Throughout my many years watching, I would sometimes imagine myself starting a YouTube channel,… Continue reading YouTube & My Mental Health

Turtles All the Way Down

I tried to exclude any plot twists from this post, but there may be some spoilers. You’ve been warned. It is hard to describe what the struggles of mental illness feel like to those who have never experienced them. Although I may not always have the words, John Green seems to. In his new book,… Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down