10 Things to Drop in the New Decade

10 Things to Drop in the New Decade

2020 is a fresh new start. Let's kick it off the RIGHT way. This past decade, I've come across so many issues in the way people discuss mental health & mental illness.   Here is my list of things to leave behind in 2019:   Anti-psychiatry shenanigans "You don't need pills! Those are harmful! "Do [...]

Speaking Up

Speaking Up

  "That girl is crazy."   I've really had enough. Lately, I've heard a ton of stigmatizing language, including: crazy pills, psychotic, and crazy.   So, when I heard the above statement, I followed up:   Me: "What do you mean crazy?" "You know... psycho!" Me: "Do you mean she is psychotic? Is she experiencing [...]

20 Bull$h*t Phrases We “Crazy” People are Sick of…

20 Bull$h*t Phrases We “Crazy” People are Sick of…

At UNC, I took a Rethink Psychiatric Illness training on mental illnesses and how stigma impacts those with mental health conditions. When I went through the training, I honestly didn't see what the big deal was with some of the phrases they stated should be off limits. What... no one should use the terms "crazy" [...]

Bipolar & Schizophrenia Stigma

Bipolar & Schizophrenia Stigma

  "Depression, that's one thing- lot of people have depression, and they're not crazy.   Bipolar, schizophrenia- that's crazy. That's mental illness- the psychos, the nut cases, the incurably insane, the muttering bag ladies and bums, the freaks.   So I take my meds, and don't accept the name for what I have."   -"Madness: [...]

To Those Who Think Psychiatrists are Unnecessary,

To Those Who Think Psychiatrists are Unnecessary,

  Dear individuals who think psychiatrists are unnecessary, Stating that there is a simple, non-medical treatment option for mental illnesses makes it appear that you are not taking the conditions seriously. You can't just dance the symptoms away, or make them disappear by going to a yoga class or a church. These are mental ILLNESSES [...]

Giving #MHealth The Same Support as Physical Health

Giving #MHealth The Same Support as Physical Health

    Why can't mental illnesses have the support that physical illnesses have?   Cancer survivors have large events to celebrate their battles. They have ribbons to show what disease form they are fighting. They are seen as brave survivors. They get marches and t-shirts, cozies and adorable bumper sticker slogans. They get to take [...]

If you treated ‘physical’ illnesses the way you treat ‘mental’ ones… Is the joke funny now?

If you treated ‘physical’ illnesses the way you treat ‘mental’ ones… Is the joke funny now?

        "Wow. That's rough. You'll probably need, like, years of therapy now... HAHAHA!"   "Wow. That's rough. You'll probably need, like, years of chemo now... HAHAHA!"             "You're depressed? Nah, you don't need a psychiatrist. I get sad sometimes, too."   "Your leg is broken? Nah, you [...]

I didn’t ask for your “help”, thank you very much.

I didn’t ask for your “help”, thank you very much.

I don't like the vocabulary surrounding mental illnesses. That word for one.   How would you feel if someone told you that you have a: personality disorder, mood disorder, anxiety disorder... you get it... you would feel like you are a broken person.   Well, guess what? Apparently, I have "disorders". Does that make me [...]

I’M “ILL”? BACK OFF. NO. I AM FINE.

I’M “ILL”? BACK OFF. NO. I AM FINE.

My photo campaign aims to get people to open up about their "illness", to not be ashamed of it... but to accept that their differences make them unique and beautiful. NOT "ill". 🙂 My "mental ILLNESS" makes me "me". Makes me an overachiever. Makes me extremely motivated. Makes me thrive on stress rather than dragged [...]