My story is not over; and neither is yours.

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A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today is April 16th, which is the day of the Semi Colon Project. A day when those who have struggled with grief, or been suicidal, or self harmed, or lived with a broken … [Read more...]

Our Stories Are Not Over #SemicolonProject416

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I recently read about the Semicolon Project on Healthy Place. It really spoke to me, and when I shared the information in my mental health blogs group on Facebook, many of my fellow advocates responded to the campaign; especially as writers living with mental illness. I just love the imagery and … [Read more...]

Origami Owl Online Fundraiser

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. A couple of months ago, Origami Owl Independant Designer Jamie Bertucci found me via Twitter. She contacted me about my fundraising for the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention because she is passionate about the cause. Nine years ago Jamie lost her Dad to … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

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. Last Thursday I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my … [Read more...]

Social Media Butterflies: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

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. Right now I'm in the middle of a very important project. I'm raising funds for suicide prevention. For the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to be more specific. I'm sure you've heard me talking about it, but if you haven't, a couple months ago I created some original art that I … [Read more...]

Why Support My Suicide Prevention Fundraising

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. I've got a fundraiser going for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that you may have heard about. But why should you pre-order a shirt and donate to this vital cause? What does the AFSP do with that money? How does it help bring us closer to the goal of suicide prevention? After … [Read more...]

“Butterfly Blogger” T-Shirts for Suicide Prevention

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. A couple of weeks ago I drew this original art I call "Blogger Butterfly" to apply for a scholarship/trip to the blogging conference #SoFabCon14. They asked for creativity and I gave it to them. If you take a look it says "BLOGGER" in the body of the butterfly and then within the wings I have … [Read more...]

Your Jokes are SO Not Funny

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. Before getting to my post today, I have some wonderful news. As of last week, I am now on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. I've been a volunteer for the organization on the media team for quite some time and also recently become … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time: Depression #DayofLight

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. Once upon a time, there was a 20-something girl with a family history of mental illness. But she didn't know that at the time. It was something that wasn't talked about. Something that lurked in the darkness. When she started struggling herself, she didn't know what it was. She felt confused, … [Read more...]

Bring Depression Out of the Darkness #DayofLight

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. On Wednesday February 5th bloggers from all over the country are collaborating to flood social media with personal stories about living with depression, and accurate information on managing and living with the mental illness. #DayOfLight was created to shine a light on depression, and share … [Read more...]

PPMD Screening: A Matter of Life Or Death

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. GUEST POST By: A'Driane, mama of three, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD & PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II & OCD. An ardent believer in the power of … [Read more...]

Jewelry for Suicide Loss/Mental Health

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. For my birthday last month, my parents gave me a meaningful bracelet that they chose in honor of my suicide prevention advocacy. It was then that it occurred to me that perhaps suicide loss or prevention jewelry existed that I didn't know about. And I was right! The American Foundation for … [Read more...]

AFSP 2014 Overnight {Seattle & Philadelphia}

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This may sound silly to some of you but I literally "whooped" with joy on Thursday when I found out the 2014 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk was announced for my beautiful Seattle June 14/15. The foundation has decided for the first time to actually do two Overnight Walks … [Read more...]

LGBT Suicide Prevention PSA: “Ears Wide Open?”

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. Recently I connected with Terrie Johnson, an editor, author, speaker, blogger, mother, grandmother, daughter and much more. Here's a bit about Terrie's story. I wanted to share her words because she has a very important message. From Terrie: "I was raised in a conservative church in the … [Read more...]

Physical Disease and Pain Causing Depression

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  Please Note: I am not a doctor. This information is based on my own research and personal experiences. If you are struggling, please see your doctor immediately. Something I've never really talked about here on the blog is depression and suicidal thoughts/actions as a result of chronic … [Read more...]

International Survivors of Suicide Day

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Tomorrow is International Survivors of Suicide Day. Not exactly a club you want to join, but sadly far too many people fit the term "suicide survivor."  In the US alone, more than 38,000 people die each year by suicide, and many many more are left with the questions and grief.  It does not matter … [Read more...]

Subpar Mental Healthcare Ticks Me Off!

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  A friend in my mental health blogs group shared this story about a son who shot his father today and then died by suicide. It happens far too often, and it makes me so sad. But this particular story also makes me very angry. Why? Well, the son was evaluated at a hospital just LAST NIGHT … [Read more...]