Author: Sarah Last

For many years, I have had to work through the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Until just a couple of years ago, I was intensely resistant to getting a formal diagnosis because I felt that would be a type of life sentence with no hope. To the exact contrary, it has been so life-changing Read More …

Editor’s Note: This blog post is sponsored by Tanya Kakon in memory of Shlomo Ben Liora. May his neshama have an aliya. If you would like to sponsor a blog post, please click here. Self-harm urges can be very powerful and difficult to navigate. I would know. Particularly troubling is that 1 in 5 females Read More …

Every morning when I get dressed (especially in the summer), I have a battle in my head, pondering this dilemma: “People will judge me and look at me differently.” “One of the reasons I self-harmed was to have scars.” “I don’t want to be embarrassed by my scars.” “What if I get uncomfortable stares and Read More …

I’m embarrassed.   I have been embarrassed for a long time because of the stigma surrounding mental health, and I still am even though I am writing about it. I am writing to break the stigma and show myself –and hopefully others– that there really is nothing to be ashamed of.     I was Read More …

Going to a psychiatric hospital, or mental hospital as I refer to it doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” (whatever “crazy” means). I’ve Gone Yes, I have been to the “mental hospital” not once, but twice. The truth is that going isn’t as scary as it sounds. I’m not going to lie: it’s not fun either, but Read More …