Author: anonymous

May is Mental Health Month.  It is also a time of counting the omer, the 49 day, 7 week period of self-improvement, between Pesach and Shavuos.  Both Mental Health Month and the omer period highlight the importance of treating each other properly and caution that our failure to do so may be fatal.     Read More …

When Anorexia Strikes It’s 2 AM. My heart is beating, and my head is spinning. I hardly ate anything the day before, but I am too scared to eat now. My parents think I don’t love them (because I refuse to eat), yet the only reason I even swallowed the little bit that I did Read More …

Because of our mental illnesses, we are forced to deal with our problems, and we will be healthier later in life and more equipped to deal with other problems that come our way

One year ago, I was covered with bruises and cuts that never seemed to heal. One year ago, I was living off of one hundred calories maximum per day. One year ago, I was weak, cold, tired, sore, and sad every moment of every day.   One year ago, I decided to finally start to Read More …

My Dear Brother,     Words cannot express the pain I feel as you go through these tough times.   I remember the first day you came to school in your bright orange sweatshirt. I was embarrassed. You smiled. As a kindergartener, you shone with confidence and self-esteem I envied.   Throughout our upbringing, you Read More …

The following piece was selected as one of the winners of this year’s Refuat Hanefesh Creative Expression Contest. Age group: College And Up. It has been lightly edited.      The more you try to reach it, it alludes you You think you’re going to get it but you ain’t seen nothing yet For only Read More …

The following piece was selected as one of the winners of this year’s Refuat Hanefesh Creative Expression Contest. Age group: College And Up. It has been lightly edited.      When I came back from my first stay at an inpatient hospital, I was scared to leave my house. I was scared of the questions Read More …

Sometimes, a book can provide the clarity needed to understand one’s life. I discovered the story of my life in a thin children’s book, Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman   As a child, Are You My Mother? was my favorite storybook. It was the one I would read aloud to my brother each Read More …

There was no quick fix to treat schizophrenia, and I wasn’t a carefree, silly teenager.