How one cat helps alleviate the stress of an entire fire department

Whenever I have a bad dream (which happens a lot because my stupid brain hardly ever gives me good dreams), my cats are always lying next to...

What to do if you can't afford psychiatric services

Working for the state government, I have above average health insurance. Even still, the coverage when it comes to my mental health ki...

Actor Chris Sullivan (aka Toby from 'This is Us') talks about his real-life mental health struggles

Today, as soon as the clock struck 5, I was out the door - rushing home from work. No, there wasn't an emergency. It was because...

Reasons why weighted blankets help anxious people

For Christmas, my parents got me a weighted blanket. This was the only thing I asked for during the holidays because I heard that weighted...

New Year's Resolutions worth keeping in 2019

If you're planning to exercise today, you may have to wait an hour to use an elliptical machine. Every gym is sure to be filled wit...

Pastor devastates family by condemning Michigan teen who died from suicide

For centuries, the Catholic Church prohibited funerals or burial services for people who lost their lives to suicide. But, in modern times,...

A Christmas Depression Poem

I have a confession to make. It's the Saturday before Christmas - and I'm not in the Christmas spirit. It's probably becau...

Remembering Fox 2 Meteorologist Jessica Starr: 'To anybody else out there who feels like they don't matter, it's not true'

When I worked at The Oakland Press, I was known as the "suicide girl" (no, not the website with the tattooed pin-up girls). I ...

Remembering Jeremiah Hargett seven years after his death

Earlier this month - Nov. 12 - marked seven years since Jeremiah Hargett lost his life to suicide. I started writing this blog post on that ...

What does it mean to have a vitamin D deficiency?

When I went to see my psychiatrist a couple weeks ago, he recommended that I get my blood levels checked. I can't believe that in the ...

What's the difference between bipolar disorder and sleep deprivation?

AP Photo/Evan Vucci Okay, okay, don't worry! This won't be a political post. But I do write about mental illness, so when I hea...

Nonprofit Six Feet Over raises money for survivors of suicide loss

Today, I'm pouring beer for a cause! If anyone is out in Ferndale, Mich. today, I will be at the 11th Annual DIY Street Fair, on the...

Netflix star Shannon Purser: 'Medication coupled with therapy has completely changed my life for the better'

The name "Shannon Purser" may not ring a bell. But for anyone who has seen the show "Stranger Things," you surely know...