Monthly Archives: October 2014

October 28

Get your hands off my stigma.

Today, when people talk about stigma, they’re usually referring to social stigma, which denotes the disapproval of a group of people who are different from the social norms. The word stigma flies out of my mouth a lot—I’m always blabbering on about how we need to do something to eliminate stigma associated with mental illness, […]

My World in Numbers

Eating disorders are serious medical illnesses that currently affect over 30 million people in the United States alone. There is still a high percentage of people who believe eating disorders are related to vanity—eating disorders are not about bitches wanting to be skinny to look good in a bikini. While the etiology of eating disorders […]

October 12

The Nobel Prize for Psychological Health

On October 10th of this year, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. When she was 11 years old, Malala began speaking against the Taliban’s movement to ban girls from attending school in Pakistan, despite continual death threats against her and her father. Malala continued to travel in dangerous […]

October 10

Choose life.

Trigger warning: suicide, rape. I describe feelings of suicidality in detail to communicate the seriousness of this issue and that there is hope. If you feel triggered or overwhelmed by my story, please stop reading, call a friend or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Suicide kills over 800,000 people worldwide every year and […]

October 08

Crazy is a Four-Letter Word

Mood: cracked. WE’VE ALL HEARD THE WORD “crazy” used as an insult (mostly toward women—men tend to get labeled “creepy,” but that’s another issue). Usually when people are called crazy, it doesn’t have anything to do with their mental health, but rather a discomfort with emotional reactions that others don’t understand or that don’t suit […]