Ruku Shares Her #WarriorWednesday Story

This week for #WarriorWednesday, we’re sharing a written piece from Ruku Pal, a second-year Miami University student. Check out her story below! “My story is powerful.” Four years ago, I first saw this phrase. “My story is powerful.” It didn’t feel right. It wasn’t that it was wrong per se, it just didn’t quite fit. Firstly, I didn’t feel I …

Caroline Shares Her #iAM1N5 Journey…

Meet Caroline McKeown, who is sharing her #iAM1N5 story of living with generalized anxiety disorder and her experience with depression and suicidal thoughts in the past. She was diagnosed with anxiety at 13-years-old but remembers feeling anxious since childhood. When she was in 7th grade, she was harassed by a classmate and reported him to the administration. When he found …

Embrace Your Imperfections

By Kayla Wood Perfection is impossible. Can we all agree on that? Striving for perfection is unrealistic, but when you struggle with an eating disorder, that fact often gets lost. I have been in recovery from anorexia for about seven years, and I remember believing that if I just lost a few more pounds, if I just kept restricting a …

@joannashimwell Takes Over Insta Stories to Talk All Things Mental Health

Happy #freeyourmindfriday, Warriors! Joanna, the warrior behind @joannashimwell, took over our Insta stories from Derbyshire, UK to talk all things mental health. Check out her bio below, and head over to Instagram to see what she had to say! I think back to how I got to where I am today and it’s a mixture of sharp, vivid recollections of …

One Bite at a Time

By Kayla Wood Recovery is a long process, often a lifelong process for those that live with mental illness. And it doesn’t always look linear. Sometimes we fall back into old habits that we know are not good for us. Sometimes we take huge steps forward and learn from our mistakes. Either way, we are growing. My own recovery often …

Carissa Shares Her #iAM1N5 Journey…

Meet Carissa Parker, a senior at the Summit Country Day School who is sharing her journey of living with panic disorder, social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and experiencing self-harm and suicidal thoughts and tendencies. She recalls her panic attacks becoming an almost-daily occurrence in 7th grade, and she says it got to the point it was interfering with her …

Brooke Shares Her #iAM1N5 Journey…

Meet Brooke Pitman. She’s sharing her story of living with social anxiety and depressive disorders. She first started experiencing symptoms in middle school, and she began withdrawing from social activities and anything that put her in the spotlight. She quit cheerleading in eighth grade, and she stopped interacting in classes. Her peers and educators became concerned and recommended her to …

I’m Jacqui and This Is My #iAM1N5 Journey…

Meet Jacqui, a Cincinnati State student studying Paramedic Science, who’s living with depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder with a history of suicidal thoughts and self-harm. She remembers the feeling of sadness when she was in Junior High without a “real reason” to justify the sadness. Jacqui wants to send the message that mental illness isn’t something you can just …