“13 Reasons Why” Impacts its Audience, but not in a Good Way

“13 Reasons Why” Impacts its Audience, but not in a Good Way

"13 Reasons Why" Controversy: When the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," was released in March of this year, it quickly gained attention. The drama depicts a 17-year old girl who dies by suicide, leaving behind audio tapes explaining why she decided to end her own life. It's graphic depiction of self-harm, rape and suicide led [...]

Is Suicide Advocacy Having a Significant Impact or is it Just “Trendy”?

Is Suicide Advocacy Having a Significant Impact or is it Just “Trendy”?

  With the popularity of the Netflix hit show "13 Reasons Why", viewers have been discussing suicide like never before. Some conversations have been focusing on what could have been done to prevent the character's tragic end. Should someone have seen the signs of a depressed high school girl struggling with mental illness and suicidal [...]

Misconceptions Around Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation

Misconceptions Around Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation

    You are doing it [self harm] for attention. I hate this one. It is very likely that someone who is self-harming is doing so secretly. This is NOT for attention. They may be dealing with dark thoughts which push them towards harmful behaviors. These behaviors may be a way to seek temporary relief [...]

The Dark Side of the Internet

The Dark Side of the Internet

  Back in 2014, I had my first personal experience with mental illness. The depression hit me really hard that summer, caught me completely off guard. I had never experienced trouble with my mental health.   I didn't know how to deal with the symptoms which were turning me into someone I was no longer [...]

When I Grow Up…

When I Grow Up…

  I would like to be Jenny Lawson mashed up with Kay Jamison. Please. Pretty Please.   Which means I would be a hilarious NY Times besting-selling author/blogger AND a world-famous clinical psychologist. FEEL THE POWER.   I hit up the local library and cameĀ  upon 2 books: Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly [...]