Mental Health Filter
  1. Writing to Help Others: Four Bloggers on What Pushes Them to Publish

    Why start a blog? For some, the answer is in the positive effect on their readers.

    Inspiration
  2. On Birds, Bullets, and Being

    Kris reflects on women, aging, invisibility, and anger, after her 50-year-old neighbor was killed by police. “Otherwise, feel free to roam about the cabin, but the bar is closed. Put on the hideous red hat, proclaim the end to your sexual being, and commence to overeat. Conversely, you could always get a gun.”

    Death
  3. It’s Not What You Think

    “It’s possible that, along with grunge, Generation X’s other great gift to society is depression.” In his tribute to Chris Cornell, Rich Larsen reflects on despair, aging, and his generation’s struggles with mental health.

    Commentary
    Image by Andreas Eldh (CC BY 2.0)
  4. The Winter Almost Broke Me; the Spring May Not Be Long Enough

    Evelyn Shoop on postpartum depression: “I need to have somewhere to come to remember how deep and raw the wound of postpartum depression felt, so that it can hopefully, maybe, allow me to approach others with deep compassion even when the memories fade.”

    Family
  5. Start New

    “Sean knows me, recognizes these lows after 18 years together, and has mastered worrying from a gentle distance.” When Amanda feels herself sliding, she trusts those closest to her to shepherd her toward the sunshine.

    Family
  6. How to Disappear

    For Alex DiFrancesco, coming out as transgender — even to themself — wasn’t possible without first disappearing.

    Identity
  7. I Wished to be a Sparrow (Reflections on Depression)

    Alexis Kanda-Olmstead contemplates finding faith in the depths of her despair: “Depression is like being dead in a world that is cruelly alive.”

    Mental Health
  8. Even Warriors Get the Blues #BellLetsTalk

    #BellLetsTalk is a day devoted to ending the stigma around mental illness: “So please, allow yourself to grieve and feel. Seek help, talk to your peers, talk to your doctor, find a support group, reach out. Life is too short to be depressed but even cancer warriors get the blues.”

    Mental Health
  9. NOS Magazine

    NOS Magazine is a news and commentary source for thought and analysis about neurodiversity culture and representation. Explore longform journalism, reviews of pop culture, and more.

    Autism
  10. “We will not wake up with hangovers and crock pots full of black eyed peas and feel suddenly settled or resolved, there will be no obvious solutions to our problems. No matter how resolute we may be, the date on the calendar is not an enabler.”

    Essay
  11. Art
  12. A girl’s story

    “But the boy had not been able to stop giving away the pieces of his heart, you see. And he had run out. There were none left to share with the girl.” A sad (and true) tale of depression, adultery, and divorce, made all the more moving for its simple storytelling style.

    Mental Health
  13. Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic…Depressed

    “The fear of deportation never leaves our thoughts. Some of us might be protected under DACA, but our loved ones are still at risk.” Life in the US as a DREAM Act beneficiary — with parents still undocumented.

    Current Events
  14. Born Again Minimalist

    Lifestyle blogger Caitlin has been writing about mindfulness, mental health, and finding and promoting greater focus since 2012, with posts on fashion, food, fitness, and more.

    Fashion
  15. Ruby Pipes

    Personal, vulnerable creative nonfiction and poetry from Ruby Pipes, a recovering alcoholic, bipolar sufferer, and beautiful writer.

    Mental Health