Share your Story: Amy Fields

“A broken soul is not the absence of beauty, but a cracked and torn soul reeks of the sweet incense it contains.” ― C. JoyBell C. I love that quote.  It’s almost like you have to be broken to see what you are made of. This last week I watched my son be...

Share your Story: Valerie Abbott

 I expected the birth of my first child to be a glorious occasion, filled with joy and love and a room filled with flowers. As someone who had limited personal experience with mental health issues, I had no reason to suspect that lurking in the background was a demon...

#IfYouCouldSeeMe “The Women Speak”

#IfYouCouldSeeMe is a multi-media storytelling project designed to change the way we see ourselves and one another. We are committed to creating compassion and change through art. I am so excited about the next production of the #IfYouCouldSeeMe Project on June 7th!...

Share your Story: Courtney Allison Brown

 When I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with manic depression and generalized anxiety disorder. I struggled with this for years – I was medicated, and also underwent CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) – aka. Talk therapy – for treatment. While...

Share Your Story: Honesty Liller

 I am a woman in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder.  What that means to me is that I have been drug & alcohol free since May 27,2007.  Active addiction was a horrifying place to be.  I started using drugs at age twelve and didn’t stop until I...

Raindrops Become the Storm

“Once the thunderstorm starts, raindrops can no longer vote.” Mike Klepper During the book signing portion of a recent discussion on mental health advocacy I was approached by a woman wearing sunglasses and a flat affect.  “How can I get involved with my legislators?”...

Words that Changed Me

I remember the first time I heard Marianne Williamson speak these words. This piece changed my life. It would be many years before I truly stopped hiding but the door was opened upon hearing her wisdom. Words, whether written or spoken, have the power to shift the way...

Share Your Story: Tammy Harrison

Submitted through the site by Tammy Harrison: I did not make up this practice, it is not mine, so I cannot take credit for it, but I heard about a Self-Compassionate Letter from a podcast (maybe Radio Lab or This American life?) and the practice has followed me since....

Put Up or Shut Up

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be, and have been, countless events, articles, documentaries, etc. honoring his legacy. I am running the risk of being just another voice in the echo chamber of change makers...

Killer of Joy

I recently found myself in a familiar place as my 11 year old stood next to me wearing his father’s tie over a Batman t-shirt lamenting the injustice of his two day banishment from the internet for acting like a lunatic when asked to find an non-screen related...