I hated every second of my time in psychiatric treatment. I spent every moment wanting to leave, wanting to be rid of that place, and feeling confined. But I got something good out of it, too.
Part of me — the part that aspired to be the Perfect Sophomore, the Perfect Junior, the Perfect Senior — wants to spend the summer working toward becoming the Perfect College Freshman or the Perfect Adult. But she does not exist…
This was not a suicide attempt. This was the precursor. This was the consideration. I should’ve called a helpline. Or texted. Or called my psychiatrist. I should’ve done something to help me recover.
Through a teen-led event called VOX-A-Palooza, VOX showcased our special coverage about mental health, provided a safe space to speak up and create art, and hosted a poetry slam for metro-Atlanta teens and their families.
Could the reason men aren’t as likely to seek help be a consequence of the “boys don’t cry” notion? Or could it be linked to the image of the nearly emotionless man who only shows anger and keeps every other emotion hidden tightly under a mask of proving manliness?
While mental illness is the result of many biological and environmental factors, there are tools we can use to build positivity and stress resilience. Here are some tips from students who have been there.
I go up to the stage
My hands are clamming and my heart is thumping loudly against my ear drum
I keep my mouth closed by biting my bottom lip,
Anticipating the judge’s first word …
Thirteen teens respond to Netflix new series “13 Reasons Why,” based on Jay Asher’s novel of the same name.
As a child, I was always bullied for my size, the way I spoke, the hearing aids I wore, my interests and occasionally my skin color. Once I began to combat the bullying — witty comebacks or removing myself from the negative environment — it ceased to occur.
Chris did not deserve the persecution of the people around him. He did not deserve to be pushed to his brink.