I am not a medical professional or a mental health expert in any way. However I sometimes talk about some serious stuff, and I know that a little help can go a long way when life feels overwhelming. If you think that your struggles are beyond your ability to cope with, please consider asking for help.

If this is a life-threatening emergency call 911.

For a safe place to talk you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) 24/7 from anywhere in the US, free of charge.

To Write Love On Her Arms is an international non-profit bringing hope to people who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. I have personally known people who were greatly benefitted by the sense of community and care they provide. They are NOT medical professionals, but DO connect folks to resources that can provide counseling and rehab help. Visit their Find Help page for local resources in your area.

If you are a teenager experiencing any of a number of issues visit Teen Health and Wellness for a list of hotlines, help lines, and organizations that deal with bullying, mental health, physical health, addiction, grief, homelessness, abuse, sexuality, pregnancy and more.

It is never shameful to admit that life is hard. You are NOT alone, and there ARE people like you. We all experience life differently and there are tools to help us cope with the very real challenges we all face. For too long I believed that depression and anxiety were other people’s problems and did not seek the help I needed to participate in my own life. No matter where you fall on a spectrum of mental and emotional health you are allowed to need friends, family, community, counseling, medication, or other forms of treatment. None of us can do life on our own, don’t miss out!