“I had three small children, a workaholic husband who was so cut off, a mentally-ill mom, and other things. It was so hard to cope. But when it all ‘went down’ with my husband, I had to be hopeful. I HAD to keep going to treatment, whether I wanted to or not, to show the courts I was trying and to have allies. I was always a good mom, but my mental health was being used as the scapegoat to take the focus off of my husband’s transgressions (which is illegal in the state I live in) and as a legal tactic to ‘win’ my children. Losing wasn’t an option for me.”
Marinna Shareef is a young Trinidadian artist who uses her manic-depressive episodes as inspiration for her work. For bipolar disorder awareness, she is releasing a photo manipulation series based on her bipolar experience. “The Attack,” consists of four pieces: “Fruit of Mania,” “Hall of Tears,” “Squeezed,” and “Too Attached”, [and] are visual representations of how her attacks make her feel.Read more "“The Attack Series” by Marinna Shareef"
“I’m no self-help guru but, I think the most important thing on your to-do list should always be – to take care of yourself. It is and isn’t just as easy as that. There will always be other things on your list, but you can’t forget to be selfish sometimes. It’s okay to not want to go out with your friends, it’s okay to nap after a long day, it’s okay to initiate an end; it’s okay to quit.”Read more "The Power of Being “Selfish” with Leslie Spainhour"
“I’ve learned that, sometimes, family sucks balls and that you’ll need to learn to support yourself. I’ve learned that friends are, in fact, important.”Read more "Coming Out to Conservative Parents with Deja"
“I also learned that, by spreading awareness of alopecia, I was taking the shock factor out of the disease. The more people knew about it, and knew I suffered with it, the more comfortable and confident I felt. I didn’t have to worry if my wig was noticeable because people already knew what I was dealing with and that I wasn’t afraid.”Read more "Alopecia, Love, and The Pursuit of Self-Confidence with Devon Carrow"
“If anyone ever asks for advice about their own sex, sexuality or kinks, I always approach it with how it makes them feel. How does identifying with your sex, gender or kink make you feel? What you do behind closed doors with consenting partners that makes you happy has nothing to do with anyone else, unless you post about it on social media, but that’s fine, too! I was in those shoes too at one point; a budding gay boy who just wanted to get off and feel satisfied with my kinks, and they’ll get there, too. Just take your time, always take your safety [into consideration] first, ask questions and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.”Read more "Gettin’ Kinky With Your Sexuality with Amp from “Watts The Safeword”"
“Think about what went wrong, ’cause there is always a reason. Also, think about what you liked in the relationship, and what things you’d look for in the next one. This way, you can grow as a person, and eventually find the right partner.”Read more "Life After Heartbreak: Stephanie Van Burk’s Coping Techniques"