"Abuse is something I've been through in different ways almost all my life. I guess it started when I was 15. I was dating a guy for about 6 months who I met at a party. When I was younger I partied a lot! I was alone in his house and he wanted to have … Continue reading Speak Out: Tinky’s Story
So, my heart has wanted to do more for victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. I really wanted to be an on the scene victim advocate, and I even met with someone today to potentionally do a trial run of it. But, my heart has been heavy. I don't feel I am emotionally ready. … Continue reading Being An Advocate How You Can Is Okay
Tonight is the Joyful Heart Foundation JoyfulRevolution Gala and even though I cannot be there in person, my heart is full of joy. This foundation and Mariska Hargitay helped give me the strength to speak up, tell my story and be heard. Although I would still love to meet her and tell her this in … Continue reading Joyful Heart Foundation Revolution Gala
I was introduced to the horrifying world of depression, anxiety, and the constant need to self harm at the age of 14. I just turned 28. I have come so far and I am able to work part time again. But, what a lot of people don’t realize is that most of the time, the little bit I’m out living a “normal” life, it can take all the strength I can muster and when I go home, all I want to do is be at home away from the world and work on my self care so I can go out and do it again.
"Life was hard growing up. The first people you learn to trust are your family but when they betray you in a horrible way nothing feels like it can ever be ok. This is my life. I was born in the 80s when technology first started happening. Kids at school were excited about computers and … Continue reading Beth’s Story
My dear friend has agreed to let me share her story with you for Mental Health Awareness Month. ************************** "I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in an area referred to as the Copper Country. I was in 6th grade when it all began. I started getting really depressed, but my dad didn't … Continue reading MHAM: Jamie’s Story
It's Mental Health Awareness Month and I'm going to be sharing stories as they come to me. This is my best friend Ashley's Story. ************** Speak Out: Ashley's Story "Hello, my name is Ashley and I am 19 years old. I am writing to you all today to tell my story, thanks to the wonderful … Continue reading MHAM: Ashley’s Story
Depression. Anxiety. Self-harm. Not knowing if you want to live or die. Afraid to speak up because people don't understand. This invisible illness is very real indeed. It may be invisible to the blind eye but to those who suffer with it or have family or friends that deal with it, it is a very … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month