Not A Coward Inc. Together we can end the stigma.
Wednesday May 25th, 2016
Wednesday May 25th, 2016
Tuesday May 24th, 2016
Monday May 23rd, 2016
Friday May 20th, 2016
Thursday May 19th, 2016
Wednesday May 18th, 2016
Tuesday May 17th, 2016
Monday May 16th, 2016
Friday May 13th, 2016
Thursday May 12th, 2016
Wednesday May 11th, 2016
Tuesday May 10th, 2016
Monday May 9th, 2016
Friday May 6th, 2016
Thursday May 5th, 2016
Wednesday May 4th, 2016
Tuesday May 3rd, 2016
Monday May 2nd, 2016
Friday April 29th, 2016
Thursday April 28th, 2016
Wednesday May 20th, 2015
Tuesday May 19th, 2015
"Sometimes it's okay if the only thing you did today was breath."
Monday May 18th, 2015
"The sudden moments of sadness hurt you even more because you know you were happy just a little while ago."
Friday May 15th, 2015
"If there are no ups and downs in your life. Then you are dead."
Thursday May 14th, 2015
"Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with people."
Wednesday May 13th, 2015
"The guilt I felt for having a mental illness was horrible. I prayed for a broken bone that would heal in six weeks. But that never happened. I was cursed with an illness that nobody could see and nobody knew much about."
Tuesday May 12th, 2015
"Getting dressed is hard.
Getting shit started is hard.
Getting shit finished is hard.
Making tea, that's okay.
Drinking it, that's fine.
Going to bed is hard.
Getting out of bed is hard.
Sitting on the computer, that's alright.
Getting work done, that's hard.
Leaving the house, well I wouldn't know today.
Speaking is hard.
Laughing, that's good."
Monday May 11th, 2015
“I can honestly say that my misery had been transformed into common unhappiness, so by Freud's definition I have achieved mental health.”
― Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
Friday May 8th, 2015
"So this is my life. and i want you to know that i am both happy and sad and i'm still trying to figure out how that could be."
Thursday May 7th, 2015
"Life with Borderline; it doesn't matter how many times a person tells me they like me. I always think they can change their mind instantly. Always with the fear of rejection. I don't know how many times I have to fight off the thoughts of everyone hates me. I know it may not be reality, but it feels very real.
Wednesday May 6th, 2015
"Some days, I feel everything at once. Other days I feel nothing at all. I don't know what's worse. Drowning beneath the waves or dying from the thirst."
Tuesday May 5th, 2015
"Life is about creating balance, not suppressing your good, and not suppressing your bad, for one cannot exist without the other, embrace them equally."
Monday May 4th, 2015
"Raise your hand if you have cuts on your limbs.
Raise your hand if you starve yourself.
Raise your hand if you feel unwanted, worthless.
Raise your hand if you have attempted suicide.
Raise your hand if you cry yourself to sleep.
Raise your hand if you're depressed.
Raise your hand if you're lonely.
Is your hand up?
Because mine is."
Friday May 1st, 2015
"I've got 99 problems and 86 of them are completely made up scenarios in my head I'm stressing about for absolutely no logical reason."
Thursday April 30th, 2015
"I have a chemical imbalance in my brain. I did not ask for it nor did a diabetic ask for their illness. Yet you stigmatize me for mine and call me crazy yet you give compassion for the other."
Wednesday April 29th, 2015
"I actually stopped talking. I actually listened. So I knew that I wasn't all the way manic, because when you're all the way manic you never listen to anybody but yourself."
Tuesday April 28th, 2015
"There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain, the mind must leave reality behind."
Monday, April 27th, 2015
"To anyone who has had suicidal thoughts this past year. I am glad you are still here. Keep holding on."
Friday April 24th, 2015
"Depression is not a joke! It's a real illness that doesn't discriminate. No amount of money or fame can fix it. The funniest man of earth couldn't just think positive and be healed. Support those who are battling depression and other mental health issues. It takes lives!"
Thursday April 23rd, 2015
"Many people expend tremendous energy to hide their pain, poor health or problems just to function in this world. Be kind, we're all fighting some kind of battle."
Wednesday April 22nd, 2015
"When we are ill we can waste too much energy being mad or being glad about how people are caring for us... when we really should be out there caring for others. Our illness doesn't make us exempt from reaching out. In fact, I think we are more accountable because we understand the journey better than those who have not taken it."
Tuesday April 21st, 2015
"I have made it from my bed to the couch. There is no stopping me now."
Monday April 20th, 2015
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
Friday April 17th, 2015
"Emotionally, I'm done.
Mentally, I'm drained.
Spiritually, I feel dead.
Physically, I smile."
Thursday April 16th, 2015
"My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up when I was knocked down."
Wednesday April 15th, 2015
"The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about."
Tuesday April 14th, 2015
"Say OCD one more time, and I'm gonna punch you in the throat for not meeting my unattainable standards. Sincerely, OCPD."
Monday April 13th, 2015
"At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country. Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it's still and illness, and there should be no distinction."
Friday April 10th, 2015
"We take care of our dental health. We don't take care of our mental health... I think the solution to making this world better is if we would just be healthy, mentally."
Thursday April 9th, 2015
"I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on 7 medications, and I take medication 3 times a day. This constantly put me in touch with the illness I have. I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic."
Wednesday April 8th, 2015
"I know what it's like to be afraid of your own mind."
-Criminal Minds, Dr Reid
Tuesday April 7th, 2015
“I’m so good at beginnings, but in the end I always seem to destroy everything, including myself.”
-Kiera Van Gelder
Monday April 6th, 2015
"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there is a light shining somewhere nearby."
Wednesday April 1st, 2015
"The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday."
Tuesday March 31st, 2015
"Being a borderline feels like eternal hell. Nothing less. Pain, anger, confusion, hurt, never knowing how I am going to feel from one minute to the next. Hurting because I hurt those who I love. Feeling misunderstood. Analyzing everything. Nothing gives me pleasure. Once in a great while I will get too happy and then too anxious because of that. Then I self medicate. Then I physically hurt myself. Then I feel guilty because of that. Shame."
Monday March 30th, 2015
"I am good for a while. I'll talk more, laugh more, sleep and eat normally. But then something happens like a switch turns off somewhere and all I am left with is the darkness of my mind."
Friday March 27th, 2015
"Recovery: It will be challenging. It will also be worth it. You will relapse and that's okay, as long as you keep fighting."
Thursday March 26th, 2015
"From the outside looking in it's hard to understand. From the inside looking out it's hard to explain."
Wednesday March 25th, 2015
"You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel."
Tuesday March 24th, 2015
"I fight for my health everyday in ways most people don't understand. I'm not lazy. I'm a warrior."
Monday March 23rd, 2015
"If I got rid of my demons, I'd lose my angels."
Friday March 20th, 2015
"I do not want you to save me. I want you to stand by me while I save myself."
Thursday March 19th, 2015
"It seemed like everyone was yelling at me in baseball, then I came home and everyone was yelling at me there, I got depressed. I got angry. I didn't want to live...Talk to people. Go another way. Don't kill yourself. It ain't worth it and I'm a great example. No matter how bad it seems at the time, work your way through it. Who knows how your life is going to turn out?"
-Ken Griffey Jr. (13x MLB All Star)
Wednesday March 18th, 2015
"There is no common standard for education about diagnosis. Distinguishing between bipolar depression and major depressive disorder, for example, can be difficult, and mistakes are common. Misdiagnosis can be lethal. Medications that work well for some forms of depression induce agitation in others."
-Kay Redfield Jamison
Tuesday March 17th, 2015
"Do not confuse my bad days as a sign of weakness. Those are actually the days I am fighting the hardest."
Monday March 16th, 2015
"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
Friday March 13th, 2015
"Often, I find myself wanting to be alone, but my biggest fear is that I will be."
Thursday March 12th, 2015
"Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is."
Wednesday March 11th, 2015
"I think it's really important to de-stigmatize mental illness in any form. I think there's a lot of people that are carrying around guilt and shame and baggage for shit that doesn't matter. Everybody is going through something, everybody has had something they've had to overcome."
-Mary Lambert (Singer, notably in 'Same Love' by Macklemore)
Tuesday March 10th, 2015
"Whenever you are going through a bad day, just remember, your track record for getting through bad days, so far, is 100%. And that's pretty damn good!"
Monday March 9th, 2015
"I just wish I could be normal and happy all the time. I would give up some happiness everyday just to have the stability of normalness... tonight I'll be fine. I just want to fall asleep so it is tomorrow, and I can start a new day."
Friday March 6th, 2015
"Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-size pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness. I actually put my hands up to my face, one next to each eye, like blinders on a horse."
Thursday March 5th, 2015
"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it's not. The worst thing in life is to to end up with people that make you feel alone"
Wednesday March 4th, 2015
"I just read a quote "one day this will all make sense to you" and I may have even pinned it (pintrist). But the truth is, having bipolar disorder will never make sense to me. It breaks my heart to have an illness that hurts the people I love the most. No, that will never make sense to me. I am not one of the fortunate ones who's medication relieves symptoms for long periods of time. When I have a bad period it's horrible. No, that will never make sense to me. This does not mean I feel sorry for myself. I have accepted my illness and I understand it. It will just never make sense to me."
Tuesday March 3rd, 2015
"You know how you feel ripped off? Lied to? Betrayed? Me too. But mine was my own mind not someone else I can blame."
Monday March 2nd, 2015
"I'm not a perfect person. I make lots of mistakes. But I really appreciate those people who stay with me after knowing how I really am."
Friday February 27th, 2015
"One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart."
Thursday February 26th, 2015
"Yes, I have bipolar Disorder. Yes, I make poor choices when I am manic and I don't think about the consequences. When I finally return to reality, I understand I need to take responsibility to clean up my own messes. I do the best I can and sometimes, it's just not good enough. Why do the people who love me think I do these things on purpose? How can then deny my illness after so many years of watching me battle all the extreme highs and lows. Why do they prefer to constantly remind me that I fucked up again? Don't they realize I already hate myself for my irrational behavior? I need to let go of some of these people I love but fear always stops me. Though they may not understand, I do everything I can to control my illness but sometimes it controls me."
Wednesday February 25th, 2015
"Instead of judging people by their past stand by them and help repair their future."
Tuesday February 24th, 2015
"I can't change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
Monday February 23rd, 2015
"Having Bipolar Disorder means waking up not knowing whether Tigger or Eyore will be making decisions for you."
Friday February 20th, 2015
"Nothing is more beautiful than a smile that has suffered through tears."
Thursday February 19th, 2015
"During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. No small talk, no anecdotes. Nothing can be risked on the board of talk. Because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on?"
Wednesday February 18th, 2015
“When you think about it, having a mental illness is a lot like having Crohn’s disease or asthma or something. It sucks, but then you learn how to deal with it and you live your life. It doesn’t go away but if you play your cards right, you can learn to manage it. And in the same way that nobody should feel shame or guilt about having Crohn’s or asthma, nobody should blame themselves for whatever mental malady they happen to suffer from.”
- Victoria Carter
Tuesday February 17th, 2015
"For too long we have swept the problems of mental illness under the carpet... and hoped they would go away."
Friday February 13th, 2015
"The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do."
Thursday February 12th, 2015
"Love your whole story even if it hasn't been the perfect fairy tale."
-Melanie Moushigian Koulouris
Wednesday February 11th, 2015
"I don't share my thoughts because I think that it will change the minds of people who think differently. I share my thoughts to show the people who already think like me, that they are not alone."
Tuesday February 10th, 2015
"You can turn off the lights. You can climb into your bed.But you can't turn off your mind. You can't stop the pictures."
Monday February 9th, 2015
"I'm so good at the beginnings, but in the end I always seem to destroy everything, including myself."
-Kiera Van Gelder
Friday February 6th, 2015
"The worst kind of sad is not being able to explain why"
Thursday February 5th, 2015
"Normality is a paved road. It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it."
-Vincent Van Goh
Wednesday February 4th, 2015
"People cry, not because they are weak. It is because they have been strong for too long."
Tuesday February 3rd, 2015
"This is my depressed stance. When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this."
-Charles Monroe Schulz
Monday February 2nd, 2015
"Mental health is a sickness just like diabetes, heart problems, eye problems, we all need help."
Friday January 30th, 2015
"No one would ever say that someone with a broken arm or a broken leg is less than a whole person, but people say that or imply that all the time about people with mental illness."
Thursday January 29th, 2015
"Don't turn away, through cowardice, from despair. Go through it...Pass beyond. On the other side of the tunnel you will find light again."
Wednesday January 28th, 2015
“There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.”
Tuesday January 27th, 2015
People say I have a lot going for me. I'm sorry but I just can't see, I can't see because my worst enemy, is not my life. But is inside of me.
Monday January 26th, 2015
"Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you've ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were."
Friday January 23rd, 2015
"You handle depression in much the same way you handle a tiger."
- R. W. Shepherd
Thursday January 22nd, 2015
"Your past is like using the rear-view mirror in the car, it is good to glance back and see how far you've come, but if you stare too long you'll miss what's right in front of you."
Wednesday January 21st, 2015
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
-Martin Luther King, Jr
Tuesday January 20th, 2015
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Monday January 19th, 2015
“I think I'm afraid of being happy because whenever I get too happy something bad always happens.”
-Charlie Brown (Charles M. Schulz)
Friday January 16th, 2015
"You need to get out of bed every day and say that life is good. That's what I did, although at times it was very difficult for me."
Thursday January 15th, 2015
"As no one knew much about my mental illness, a lot of people had the attitude that I had the capability to 'kick it' and get better instantly. This was the most frustrating attitude for me."
Wednesday January 14th, 2015
"When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder the year I turned 50, it was certainly a shock. But as a journalist, knowing a little bit about a lot of things, I didn't suffer the misconception that depression was all in my head or a mark of poor character. I knew it was a disease, and, like all diseases, was treatable."
Tuesday January 13th, 2015
"We can alleviate physical pain, but mental pain - grief, despair, depression, dementia - is less accessible to treatment. It's connected to who we are - our personality, our character, our soul, if you like."
Monday January 12th, 2015
"It's often difficult for those who are lucky enough to have never experienced what true depression is to imagine a life of complete hopelessness, emptiness and fear."
-Susan Polis Schutz
Friday January 9th, 2015
"That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key."
Thursday January 8th, 2015
"Depression is something that doesn't just go away. It's just... there and you deal with it. It's like... malaria or something. Maybe it won't be cured, but you've got to take the medication you're prescribed, and you stay out of situations that are going to trigger it."
Wednesday January 7th, 2015
"If you know someone who's depressed please resolve to never ask them why. Depression isn't a straightforward response to a bad situation, depression just is, like the weather.
Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they're going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It's hard to be a friend to someone who's depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest and best things you will ever do."
Tuesday January 6th, 2015
"It's a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor never knowing when the light will go on."
Monday January 5th, 2015
"What people don’t understand about depression is how much it hurts. It’s like your brain is convinced that it’s dying and produces an acid that eats away at you from the inside, until all that’s less is a scary hollowness. Your mind fills with dark thoughts; you become convinced that your friends secretly hate you, you’re worthless, and then there’s no hope. I never got so low as to consider ending it all, but I understand how that can happen to some people. Depression simply hurts too much."
Wednesday December 31st, 2014
“I have a system with bathrooms. I spend a lot of time in them. They are sanctuaries, public places of peace spaced throughout the world for people like me.”
-Ned Vizzini (Author of 'It's Kind of a Funny Story')
Tuesday December 30th, 2014
"I cry a lot. My emotions are very close to my surface. I don't want to hold anything in so it it festers and turns into pus - a pustule of emotion that explodes into a festering cesspool of depression."
Monday December 29th, 2014
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle."
-Christian D Larson
Wednesday December 24th, 2014
“I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.”
– Ned Vizzini
Tuesday December 23rd, 2014
"Let's not let anyone tell us that our feelings aren't real. They are real, significant, and important. Feeling sad doesn't mean we will never be happy. Feel the feelings, but realize they're feelings and thoughts and they don't define us."
Monday December 22nd, 2014
"I hate that thing that happens right before I fall asleep. Every mistake I've ever made, ever word I wish I'd said, every moment that made me cry rushes through my head, and all I can do about it is cringe and pretend that it all never happened."
Friday December 19th, 2014
"Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light."
Thursday December 18th, 2014
"Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I've made that commitment for my life's sake and for the sake of those who love me."
- Susan Polis Schutz
Wednesday December 17th, 2014
"It's a deep and all but certain truth about narcissistic personalities that to meet them is to love them, but to know them well is to find them unbearable. Confidence quickly curdles into arrogance; smarts turn to smugness, charm turns to smarm."
Tuesday December 16th, 2014
"So often it happens we live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key."
Monday December 15th, 2014
“Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don’t have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity.”
Friday December 12th, 2014
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
-St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday December 11th, 2014
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
Wednesday December 10th, 2014
"I’m here, I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it. I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die. And after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than depression and I am braver than loneliness and nothing will exhaust me."
Tuesday December 9th, 2014
"Every thought is a battle. Every breath is a war, and I don’t think I’m winning anymore."
Monday December 8th, 2014
“Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.”
Friday December 5th, 2014
“Yet I also recognize this: Even if everyone in the world were to accept me and my illness and validate my pain, unless I can abide myself and be compassionate toward my own distress, I will probably always feel alone and neglected by others.”
-Kiera Van Gelder
Thursday December 4th, 2014
"People think depression is sadness.People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to lie. You wake up in the morning just to go back to bed again. Days aren’t really days; they are just annoying obstacles that need to be faced. And how do you face them? Through medication, through drinking, through smoking, through drugs, through cutting. When you’re depressed, you grasp on to anything that can get through the day. That’s what depression is, not sadness or tears, it’s the overwhelming sense of numbness and the desire for anything that can help you make it from one day to the next."
Wednesday December 3rd, 2014
"Depression is such a cruel punishment. There are no fevers, no rashes, no blood tests to send people scurrying in concern. Just the slow erosion of the self, as insidious as any cancer. And, like cancer, it is essentially a solitary experience. A room in hell with only your name on the door."
Tuesday December 2nd, 2014
"Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and have hope and self-esteem."
Monday December 1st, 2014
"The moment when you're ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens. Don't give up."
Wednesday November 26th, 2014
"Working hard is great, being lazy sometimes is great, but failed potential is the worst."
Tuesday November 25th, 2014
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
Monday November 24, 2014
"My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle."
Friday November 21st, 2014
"Some people still hold [the] view that restraints help psychiatric patients feel safe. I’ve never met a psychiatric patient who agreed."
-Elyn R. Saks
Thursday November 20th, 2014
"In an ideal world, it would not take a film star to get the media focused on mental illness."
Wednesday November 19th, 2014
"I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something, and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
Tuesday November 18th, 2014
"The acknowledgement of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.”
Monday November 17th, 2014
"Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills end enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions."
Friday November 14th, 2014
"When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.”
Thursday November 13th, 2014
"Never let the opinions of others become the measure of your self-worth."
Wednesday November 12th, 2014
"As I watched her healing happen, I began to see how much I was in need of healing and getting myself well..."
Tuesday November 11th, 2014
"Courage isn't having the strength to go on- it is going on when you don't have the strength."
Monday November 10th, 2014
"Depression is an infinite maze with an infinite space of blackness in an infinite mind that is infinitely thinking, even when it doesn't want to."
Friday November 7th, 2014
"Speak boldly and with intellect. Never hush your voice for someone's comfort. Speak your mind, make people uncomfortable."
Thursday November 6th, 2014
"Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall."
Wednesday November 5th, 2014
"Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world."
Tuesday November 4th, 2014
"Once you choose hope, anything's possible"
Monday November 3rd, 2014
"DID is about survival! As more people begin to appreciate this concept, individuals with DID will start to feel less as though they have to hide in shame."
-Deborah Bray Haddock
Friday October 31st, 2014
"I believe there is HOPE for coping with mental illness. But I also know there is a lot of hard work in the process to have more light and less darkness. The self-defeating and self-destructive thoughts are always lingering waiting for an open invitation. Which is becoming a little less challenging but I know it will be a long journey. A continuous work in process. But hope, determination and coping skills pull me through."
Thursday October 30th, 2014
"I always believed God gave us the tools to take care of ourselves. I was thinking, 'Yeah, I'm depressed. It's been a crappy few months, but I'll bounce out of it.' Only I didn't... I was having a terrible effect on my wife and kids... It pains me to think about dying and leaving Shonda and my kids behind, but I'm not afraid of it. When I get to heaven, what am I going to complain about? I've been blessed beyond words."
-6X MLB All-Star, 3 Time World Series Champion, former patient at a mental institution
Wednesday October 29th, 2014
"Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer."
Tuesday October 28th, 2014
"I had some experience in dealing with people who have mental illness and depression, but I didn't see the signs in myself. I couldn't ask for help because I didn't know I needed help."
Monday October 27th, 2014
"People expect me to deny my bipolar disorder, my experiences with it, and it's effects- mostly just to make them feel better."
Sunday October 26th, 2014
"I get mad. I get sad. I have all those emotions. But I just like to keep them to myself. I don't think my fans need to be bothered with if I'm mad or sad about something. I should just be concerned that they are keeping up with my music or I'm making them happy with my show."
Saturday October 25th, 2014
Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you're worth the trip."
Friday October 24th, 2014
"The mentally ill frighten and embarrass us. And so we marginalize the people who most need our acceptance. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation."
Thursday October 23rd, 2014
"I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does."
Wednesday October 22nd, 2014
"My worst days in recovery are better than the best days in relapse."
-Kate Le Page
Tuesday October 21st, 2014
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."
Monday October 20th, 2014
"Mental illness is no myth, as some have claimed. It is a disturbance in our sense of possession of a stable inner self that survives its personae."
- Camille Paglia
Sunday October 19th, 2014
Don't be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others."
Saturday October 18th, 2014
"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection."
Friday October 17th, 2014
"There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”
- Laurie Halse Anderson
Thursday October 16th, 2014
"If you give up on me, I'm going to give up on me too"
Wednesday October 15th, 2014
"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness"
Tuesday October 14th, 2014
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
Monday October 13th, 2014
"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you."
Friday October 10th, 2014
"Even in a bad situation, there's always a positive side. Even if you can't see it yet.”
Thursday October 9th, 2014
"Mental illness; we feel ALONE because due to the illness we have lost loved ones, families, friends, jobs and it has created broken hearts and shattered dreams. We feel extremely UNWANTED for something we didn't ask for and trying so hard to cope with. Believe us, if we could snap our fingers and make it disappear it would be a wish come true. But that ONLY happens in FAIRYTALES"
Wednesday October 8th, 2014
"Prison's a walk in the park compared with being sectioned, mate, it really is."
Tuesday October 7th, 2014
"Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts"
Monday October 6th, 2014
"The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die."
Friday October 3rd, 2014
I'm scared to get close,
I hate being alone
I long for that feeling
To not feel at all
The higher I get
The lower I'll sink
I can't drown my demons
They know how to swim"
Thursday October 2nd, 2014
The amount of sympathy you get from having an illness is paid out like a Ponzi scheme and psychiatric disorders are all the way at the bottom.”
Wednesday October 1st, 2014
"All their "helpful" comments imply that if I'd only do ____, my problems would be solved. Like it's all within my grasp, able to be managed and mastered, if only I would try harder, longer, better. As I nod my head in polite and pathetic appreciation for their input, I scream inside, "Shut up. Shut up. Unless you've been lost in this particular section of hell yourself, don't you dare try to give me directions.
Tuesday September 30th, 2014
Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy's strategy is to convince you that the war isn't actually happening."
Monday September 29th, 2014
"People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me"
Friday September 26th, 2014
"It's sad, actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age."
Thursday September 25th, 2014
Wednesday September 24th, 2014
People with BPD are like people with third degree
burns over 90% of their bodies. Lacking emotional
skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.”
― Marsha Linehan
Tuesday September 23rd, 2014
Mental illness can happen to anybody. You can be a dustman, a politician, a Tesco worker... anyone. It could be your dad, your brother or your aunt."
Monday September 22nd, 2014
"In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable"
-Kevin Alan Lee
Friday September 19th, 2014
"I may have a mental illness, but that does not mean that I am that mental illness! I am still a person, who has thoughts and feelings just like everyone else!"
Thursday September 18th, 2014
"When I told my mother I had a mental illness, I'm pretty sure she didn't believe me. And this is a pretty common reaction from family members.
You have one of the hardest conversations of your life and the family member responds with, "you're not sick." or, "you look fine to me." or, "you're just being dramatic."
Or many other things that will tell you that they don't believe anything is wrong.
But understand this, if this is the case, it isn't about you, it's about them. You've done everything in your power to make them understand reality and they refuse.
At that point, their issues are standing in the way of your relationship. But unfortunately a relationship is about two people, and sometimes the other one just doesn't understand who we are no matter what we do."
Wednesday September 17th, 2014
I don't think we're going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental illness — I know David won't. I hope that this helps. It's so bizarre that in this world if you have asthma you take asthma medicine. If you have diabetes you take diabetes medicine. But as soon as you have to take medication for your mind there's such a stigma behind it."
-Jennifer Lawrence (on her Academy Award Winning Role in the Movie 'Silver Linings Playbook')
Tuesday September 16th, 2014
"Once you’re labeled as mentally ill, and that’s in your medical notes, then anything you say can be discounted as an artifact of your mental illness."
Monday September 15th, 2014
"It's okay to say "I am suffering. Please help me.""
Friday September 12th, 2014
"Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy's strategy is to convince you that the war isn't actually happening."
Thursday September 11th, 2014
"Stigma's power lies in silence. The silence that persists when discussion and action should be taking place. The silence one imposes on another for speaking up on a taboo subject, branding them with a label until they are rendered mute or preferably unheard.”
- M.B. Dallocchio
Wednesday September 10th, 2014
"People do not die from Suicide. They die due to Depression."
Tuesday September 9th, 2014
"Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance."
Monday September 8th, 2014
"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow."
-Mary Anne Radmacher
Friday September 5th, 2014
Thursday September 4th, 2014
"The vast majority of people who have mental illness problems never hurt anybody."
Wednesday September 3rd, 2014
"Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: Getting out of bed."
Tuesday September 2nd, 2014
Friday August 29th, 2014
I tell people I’m tired
But in fact I’m depressed.
I tell people i'll be fine tomorrow,
But I know, tomorrow will Be worse.
I tell lies everyday and I know,
I’ll not be able to stop it By myself."
Thursday August 28, 2014
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness. but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music..."
Wednesday August 27, 2014
Tuesday August 26, 2014 Courtesy of Barack Obama's Twitter
Monday August 25, 2014
"There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold - with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer."
Friday August 22, 2014
"Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all."