Insta Perfect: The Truth Behind the Photo

Sue Ann from Heart of Plastic shares her story behind living an insta-perfect life as a social media influencer. My name is Sue Anne; I am a social media influencer. This is me in a totally unplanned photo after a run: sweaty, makeup-less, clothes not matching… It’s unusual because part of my job is to create picture-perfect images that I’ve …

What Self-Care Means to Me

by Maritza Marciano from RitzaWonderfulLife The trends lately have been #selfcaresaturday or #selfcaresunday but self care is really a lifestyle. Sure, there may be one or two days of the week where you really “treat yo self” but self care is more than pampering. Self care means giving you body what it needs! Taking my medications as prescribed, keeping my …

Letting Go Can Set You Free

I used to crave external validation from all sources in my life, including social media. I used to have a food Instagram page that led me to compare myself to others who were extremely fit and I forced myself to try and emulate a lifestyle that I couldn’t or didn’t even want to.   When I finally realized I needed to …

Maritza’s Guide to Healthy Sleep Hygiene

by Maritza Marciano from RitzAWonderfulLife First off, what is sleep hygiene? When you think of hygiene, sleep isn’t necessarily the next word that pops in your head.  Sleepfoundation.org describes sleep hygiene as “a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness.”  To put it simply, sleep hygiene is a term to cover …

I Kept Fighting for Me – Ivy’s Story

Ivy Watts, from Boston, shares her mental health journey with 1N5. Hi beautiful people – my name is Ivy! As a former collegiate athlete who graduated with several academic and athletic accolades, great friends and a supportive family, it appeared on the outside like I had it all together, but on the inside, I was truly struggling. Under the pressure …

Finding Her Truth

Maritza Marciano, from RitzaWonderfulLife blog, shares her story with 1N5. 6 Sexual Traumas. 5 Antidepressants. 4 Therapists. 3 Suicide Attempts. 3 Diagnoses. 2 Involuntary Hospitalizations. 2 Psychiatrists. 1 Residential Inpatient Program. Too Many cuts on my body. Too Many Panic Attacks. Too Much Dissociation. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember.  I never really thought anything of the social anxiety, the wanting to die or the idea that everything would be easier if I …

National Suicide Prevention Week Brings Outpouring of Hope

This week, September 9th through 15th, marked National Suicide Prevention Week, which also encompassed World Suicide Prevention Day, which took place on Monday of this week. Our hope…and mission is that next week and beyond, we begin to hear voices shattering the suffocating silence that surrounds mental illness and suicide. We are certain there’s much more work to still be …

I’m Lindy and this is my 1N5 journey…

Meet Lindy, a freshman at The Ohio State University, who lives with anxiety and has experienced depressive episodes. She explains what it felt like to “always dread something that wasn’t there” and how her friends played a huge role in her seeking help. Lindy says, “Speaking out doesn’t mean that your weak. It means that you’re stronger than whatever is inside …