Goodbye 2017 — Weddings, Mental Hospitals, Baby Showers and Therapy

2017. It was a year of many good and bad things. The past couple of months have been a time of reflection…where I went wrong, where I went right, how life is just being “life” and God is being silent during my test. If you would have asked me what my biggest fears were earlier this ...

Isolation

I’m isolated. My loved ones hate it…but it’s my safe space, my air bubble. I reviewed my discharge paperwork following my hospitalization back in July and was pretty surprised to see “isolation” listed as one of the psychosocial factors of my admittance. I had been so caught up with everything else that I failed to ...

The Struggle of Finding “The Right” Therapist, How Many Therapists is Considered Too Many?

And now it’s 3:49am and my thoughts are racing. I’m in graduate school and I’m wondering if I could go to my school’s counseling center to see another therapist until I can get back in with my current. I should be able to just stick it out, right? Besides, I only had to push my ...

Do No Harm?

I am a strong advocate for therapy, ask any of my friends and family. At some point or another I have badgered all of them to give it a try, it really is for everyone! I have been in therapy on and off since high school; my longest continuous stretch with the same person being ...

Being Failed by the System – A Review of Time: The Kalief Browder Story

I began watching this story out of curiosity. I had heard of Kalief Browder’s story through social media, and I remember the post speaking of his mental health declining after countless days in solitary confinement. I was more concerned with the effects of solitary confinement at the time. Solitary confinement is something that I’ve constantly ...

My Story Published to The Mighty!

Hey Peeps!!!! A L Pitts here. I wanted to share with you my ‘official’ story. It has been published to one of my favorite sites, The Mighty. Click here to view my first contributing article! Share me! Repost me! Let’s get the When Your Brain Hurts project out there so we can gather more contributors!!   ...

Mental Health, Motherhood, Grief, and Loss

Trigger warning: miscarriage, depression, post-partum, grief, loss . . . . When you lose a child, it’s hard seeing others pregnant or with their babies. You want to be happy for them, but you have this emptiness that makes it difficult. You can’t help but feel jealous. And then you’re beating yourself up for feeling ...

4 Mental Health Resources for College Students

College, oh how we love it. In the future you will look back and reminisce on how college gave you the best years of your life. Right now, you’re probably looking at it like “What the heck am I doing? HELPPPPP.” Here are 4 resources you can use to make it through. 1. College Counseling ...

Today Begins World Suicide Prevention Week! How Will You Be Spreading Awareness?

Hey Peeps!!!!!! I didn’t get a chance to do anything this year, but I wanted to share some photographs I took at a World Suicide Prevention Day event from two years ago. September 10th, 2015, I received the chance to work with the students of Georgia Military College to celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day! Together, we ...

Chester Bennington’s Family Speaks on Suicide Prevention

Trigger Warning: Suicide, Depression Growing up, Linkin Park was one of my favorite bands. I remember being in high school and blasting their debut CD Hybrid Theory from my bedroom which I shared with my little sister. She was also a Linkin Park fan since she was 8 years younger than me and forced to ...

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