Families and Mental Illness

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This was a huge topic to cover, and I hope we did a good job discussing one of it’s facets: how our relationships with family have been affected by our mental illness.

Folks in chat shared their experience with being accepted within their family, but many found that they were not. We learned about some parents who just weren’t sure what to do but loved their children unconditionally none-the-less. While others just gave the old “don’t be lazy” speech and called it a day.

The most important conclusion of all was that if your blood family does not accept you for who you are, you can go out and find your own people to become your true family.

More Updates:

  1. I was recently published on The Mighty and you can read that piece here

  2. Then learn more about TakeThis.org ‘s mission to understand what it means for me to have been named an ambassador.

  3. I have also joined the incredible Heart Support stream team. Learn more about HeartSupport.

Thank you for all of your unrelenting support and love all this time. Thank you for Being My Light. I hope I can continue to be yours for years to come.




Upthegrove, R; Marwaha, S; M Birchwood, M. Depression and Schizophrenia: Cause, Consequence, or Trans-diagnostic Issue?, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Volume 43, Issue 2, 1 March 2017, Pages 240–244, https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbw097

Lasherbrook, A. Treating Teens’ Depression May Be Great for Parents’ Mental Health, Too: Early evidence suggests that treatment has a ripple effect in families. The Atlantic. Aug 11, 2018.

Chatterjee, R. Treating Teen Depression Might Improve Mental Health Of Parents, Too. NPR. Aug 12, 2018.

Kennedy, R. Bad day or childhood depression? Signs every parent should know. The AJC. Aug 21, 2018

Anderson, K. I Thought I Had A Handle On Motherhood, Until the Darkness Of Depression Snuck Up On Me. Babble, A Disney Blog.

Yami Kawaii - Sick Cute - What Is It and Does It Glamorize Suicide?

Hello Sparks!

We're back to making short video edits! These will be quick summary videos in case you don't have time to watch a whole episode but want to learn more on a topic! Check out the first video below, and if you have more time, then check out the whole episode.

We discussed many aspects of suicide glamorization on July 24th: from "13 Reasons Why" to general media representation and coverage of celebrity suicides. But the thing we wanted to discuss the most was Yami Kawaii - the Japanese counter-culture roughly translating to Death Cute.  I think the discussion was fascinating. Enjoy, let me know what you thought below, and don't forget to #bethelight



References/Notable Points:

  • BMJ : British Medical Journal. 1999;319(7206):337. 

More than 100000 sites about suicide now appear on the world wide web. Many of these seem to condone suicide and forbid entry to anyone offering to dissuade users from taking their own lives, said the report’s author, Dr Susan Thompson, senior house officer in child psychiatry at the Ealing, Hammersmith, and Fulham NHS Trust.