The Difference Between Understanding And Experiencing Privilege

This month, pending a background check, I’ll start co-leading a writing group for clients at a mental health agency in New York City. It’s the fusion of two passions—creative writing and ending stigma against mental illness. After arriving at the agency yesterday to complete paperwork, I lingered in the lobby waiting for my appointment to … Continue reading The Difference Between Understanding And Experiencing Privilege

The Moment I Became An Advocate

Before kick off at my first-ever NAMIWalks with NAMI-NYC Metro on a recent soggy morning, a speaker remarked, “Rain won’t stop us, because we go through rain every day.” The comment was met with cheers, including mine. The speaker’s words perfectly captured the essence of mental illness. It is an often unpredictable condition; episodes can … Continue reading The Moment I Became An Advocate

No Longer Fearing the Mind

Today I attended my first-ever meditation session in an airy Chelsea studio, sitting with a dozen other novices on a stack of cushions, terrified I might become too restless to hold still, that others would notice. Fortunately, we were assured to be patient with ourselves. No matter our level of expertise, the pursuit of perfect posture … Continue reading No Longer Fearing the Mind

How Breaking Up With Coffee Changed My Life

The heady scent of brewing coffee is among my favorite childhood memories, marking my most beloved time of day: early morning. Stretching in bed, I listened to my father padding around the kitchen and wondered how the day might unfold. Anything seemed possible. I didn’t start drinking coffee regularly, however, until my thirties, instead developing … Continue reading How Breaking Up With Coffee Changed My Life

A High-Profile Job: Higher Success Managing Mental Illness?

In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), many companies’ job applications include psychological conditions, such as bipolar, in their list of disabilities. In a nutshell, the ADA is intended to prevent companies from discriminating against people with disabilities and, if necessary, make adjustments to accommodate those people’s needs. In the case of individuals … Continue reading A High-Profile Job: Higher Success Managing Mental Illness?

Alleviating Mental Health Stigma

After a long hiatus, I’m returning to the blog I began nearly six years ago. After discussing my life “in progress,” so to speak, covering topics ranging from gratitude to yoga, my last entry centered on the subject of mental health following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Angered by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne … Continue reading Alleviating Mental Health Stigma

Call for National Dialogue on Mental Health

In the aftermath of the horrific shootings in Newtown, a warm, bucolic community I once worked in and called home, I am devastated by the actions of a deeply disturbed individual. When President Obama called for meaningful action, I immediately thought of the stigmatization of mental illness, a vital discussion to bring into the national … Continue reading Call for National Dialogue on Mental Health