Hello And Thanks For Coming!
In 2015, my mental health plummeted and I had a breakdown. I swore that if I ever felt better, I would work to let others know they didn’t need to feel as isolated and scared as I did in those moments. A few years later I gathered the courage to create this site, curate content to stream live and start writing with the goal to bridge the gap between personal experiences and professional resources, through dialogue.
Mxiety.com congregates the interviews, resources, research and essays meant to defeat the stigma surrounding mental illness. Because the fact is: my mental health issues do not make me any less of anything. less of a person, less of a wife, less of a dog mom, less of a friend, or capable employee.
I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and PTSD about 10 years ago and the diagnosis has varied only slightly since. I have a background in Research, Scientific Publishing & Project Management, which is how I am able to run two shows, write and interview folks all while keeping my 9-5 along without forgetting self-care. It’s also why I am committed to finding reliable information to share.
These thoughts also created #bethelight, the (not-so-novel) idea that when we are unwell, it helps to go out there and help others, to serve as an example of how we wish to be treated when we hit our low points.
To those trying to understand mental illness, I hope I can shed some light. To those suffering, I hope that my resources will make you more comfortable with the idea of reaching out to a professional, instead of being stubborn and insisting that you are fine. Especially if you are great with public appearances, but have spent the last two weeks privately crying. Because that was, and sometimes still is, something that I do. I want you to know where you can find good sources, where to call and who to tweet at if you feel like you might do something drastic or if you just need a friendly voice.
You are not alone.