How to Explain Depression to Those You Love


By Kimberly Zapata When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with depression. I was young and naive; I was scared and ashamed; and I had no desire to explain my disease to anyone because I didn’t want others to know I was “sick.” I didn’t want others to think I was crazy. I … Continue reading How to Explain Depression to Those You Love

How To Help Suicide Attempt Survivors, From Those Who Have Been There


By Kimberly Zapata The first time I tried to take my life, I was 17 years old. No one knew. I wrote a note and made a plan, bought a bottle of pills, and ingested them en masse, swallowing two, three, and four at a time. While I became ill, spending the next 36 hours … Continue reading How To Help Suicide Attempt Survivors, From Those Who Have Been There

8 Things Not To Say To Someone With Mental Illness


By Kimberly Zapata For the last 16 years, I have struggled with depression. That means I have had 16 years of highs and lows. Sixteen years of ups and of downs. And 16 years of therapy — for 16 years I have been chasing a cure. It also means I have had 16 years to … Continue reading 8 Things Not To Say To Someone With Mental Illness

Why It’s So Hard To “Ask For Help” When You’re Depressed


By Kimberly Zapata I am depressed. Again. And if I’m being honest, I have been for quite some time. That said, it is easy for me to write these words. It feels comfortable, natural. Like I am having a conversation with myself. But to say these words — to look another human being in the … Continue reading Why It’s So Hard To “Ask For Help” When You’re Depressed

To The Husband With A Depressed Wife


By Becci Nicholls, of Swords & Snoodles Dear Husband, I love you dearly, more than anything in this whole world. I think you already know this. I know you love me too, I just forget sometimes. Depression clouds my mind, it fills me with horrid thoughts about how unlovable I am, and how worthless I am. Sometimes … Continue reading To The Husband With A Depressed Wife

How To Talk To Your Children About Mental Health


By Diamond Grant Mental health is a sensitive topic, just one of the many sensitive topics that we must discuss with our kids, and while it can be difficult to decide when to talk to our children about mental health, for some of us it will come much earlier than we ever could have anticipated. … Continue reading How To Talk To Your Children About Mental Health