Author: anonymous

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part post. The first part discussed the tribulations of the author making it through a night with anorexia, OCD and suicidal ideation. The second part, below, discusses the author’s experiences in superficial Jewish culture as a demonstration of how Jewish society fosters self-image challenges and prioritizes the Read More …

We all have heard, in some form or another, the horrors that occur within the walls of the psychiatric unit of the hospital. Whether it be the stray jackets that people wear as they are strapped into a stretcher, carried off to procedures; or the crazy people that scream all day and are only quieted Read More …

I remember just staring. Staring at her so helplessly. They don’t teach you in kindergarten how to deal with your mom’s panic attacks. So I just stood there, watching her pace the back porch over and over again. How could the person who is supposed to be my rock and my everything just take a Read More …

Editor’s Note: For victims of sexual assault, the recovery includes mentally healing in addition to physically healing. The following is a post from a young woman describing feeling like the Godliness was leaving her body in the midst of being sexually assaulted. As part of the healing process, she thinks through how she could still Read More …

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 …

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part post. The first part, below, discusses the tribulations of the author making it through a night with anorexia, OCD and suicidal ideation. The second part, which can be found here, discusses the author’s experiences in superficial Jewish culture as a demonstration of how Jewish society fosters 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 people would Read More …