I’m Jessica and this is my 1N5 journey

Meet Jessica as she shares the story of her struggle with bipolar disorder, alcoholism, grieving her father’s passing, and the moment she realized she had a choice to survive.  Stay tuned for part 2 of Jessica’s story where she speaks on the impact her struggle had on her family.

I’m Brooke and this is my journey

I thought life was great. I was chasing this idea of perfection and as I chased that idea of perfection, I lost myself. For me what I was surprised about my depressive episode is that it came when I thought I finally had created that perfect life.

I live with anxiety and have experienced depression

I’m Anna and this is my journey

I live with anxiety and have experienced depression. When I was going through this I felt like I was the only one. I felt like I didn’t have anyone to understand what I was going through. But once I got through I noticed there were so many other people that understood and were there for me.

I’m Katie and this is my journey

I live with anxiety and have experienced depression, self harm and suicidal ideation. Depression numbed me but anxiety made me fear that numbness. It felt like I was just a shell of myself. In the 8th grade I realized I need to get help. My mom walked through the fire with me. I realized you have to let people be …

Grace describes her feeling about mental illness

Mental illness  is very complex. We want to assign illnesses to specific characteristics and labels. If you don’t fit into the box we invalidate the person or deny them the support they deserve. I think it is convenient to label people then expect them to act out in a certain way.

I’m Grace and this is my journey

I live with bipolar disorder. It started in middle school. I was starting to sleep alot more than normal, I didn’t want to hang out with my friends, I wasn’t motivated to do my school work. It progressively got worse. It became really bad my sophmore year in high school. I was completely a slave to my bipolar disorder. I …

I’m Emily and this is my journey

My senior year things started to change. I noticed that there was change in the way that I perceived myself. I started having panic attacks. My anxiety started to affect my relationships with other people. The way you are feeling and what you are going through is valid.

I’m Max and this is my journey

I experienced depression. I started to not be myself anymore. I went to school and didn’t talk to anyone. I realized it wasn’t going to get better for me and I tried to hurt myself but I just couldn’t do it.  Because in that moment I thought of all the people that support me.