Reasons to Stay Alive: 5 Lessons on Depression

trigger warning: depression, suicide “So what, you have a label? ‘Depressive’. Everyone would have a label if they asked the right professional.” ~ Matt Haig Today, I wanna share with you things I’ve learned from Matt Haig‘s infinitely important book, Reasons to Stay Alive. Matt himself lived through depression and came terrifyingly close to attempting suicide. […]

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God & Religion, Depression & Suicide

trigger warning: depression, suicide The recent suicide of a young Filipina artist has been publicized through a post on Facebook. The post compiles an image of her last artwork (which depicted an apparent suicide), some of her selfies, and screenshots of her Facebook posts that expressed feelings of loneliness and pain, words about depression, and […]

10 Must-See TED Talks on Mental Health/Illness

Hi, how’s your mental health? This compilation lists talks that offer tips on how to better care for your mental health, allow an inside look at mental illness, and challenge society to eliminate the stigma around mental health issues. These are the talks that have inspired me, and are continuing to inspire me, as a […]

Transition Diaries Entry #1028: New Chapter

It is time to turn the page. Today, I started work with an organization helping children who have been abused, orphaned, or exploited. I am tasked to help manage the psychological care for these kids, who currently number to a little over a hundred. Naturally, I am terrified. As you may know, I have been […]

Psychotherapy 101

“Growing up, I was always intrigued by how people change. My mother, a clinical psychotherapist, would occasionally see patients at home in the evening. She would shut the door to the living room, and I imagined magical things happened in that room.” — Daniel Reisel, neuroscientist  … Magical. The word strikes me because that’s precisely […]