’13 Reasons Why’: I Won’t Watch the Show

Five years and four days ago, I lost one of my mentors to suicide. Steven was in his final year of law school when he took his life. Since his passing, I’ve become quite open about mental illness, and the stigma that comes along with it. I now work with a mental health non-profit. We use person-first…

It’s Okay to Cry

When I was a child, anything could trigger tears. Throughout elementary, middle and high school, I experienced bullying and I was certainly no stranger to crying (I’ll save a discussion on bullying for another time). In college, I recall a fellow student who I was only acquainted with coming up to me as I cried alone in a study room….

How Do You Define Bravery?

We all have our own perspectives on what bravery looks like. Perhaps it’s standing up to a bully or facing your fears. Perhaps it’s going after your dreams, despite being told you will fail. Bravery comes in all forms. Over the past few months, I’ve been thinking about my own bravery. I finally found gainful…

Vulnerability is a Strength

Here is my truth: After years of advocating for suicide prevention in my community, online and in-person, I still find that even I am too afraid to talk about suicide.  Talking about suicide is hard. But not talking about it is even harder. Back in April, I started working at a mental health non-profit, a place where one would…

How to Be Compassionate

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” – Nelson Mandela Compassion. What a powerful and impactful word, if only we embraced it fully. You see, it’s important to…

Honor and Remember

On Memorial Day, we remember the servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedom. We honor the fallen for their courage and sacrifice. Let’s be honest. For some, today means a three-day weekend, cookouts, and “unbeatable” shopping deals. It’s a bit disheartening to know how disconnected and desensitized we’ve become to the darkness…