I hate the words “mental illness”. They somehow say to me that my brain is sick, my brain is less than your brain, and as such isn’t good enough – is defective. Others might feel differently but this is me – I am not a label and I am not ill. I believe my … More Um … Should you call me fragile?
My name is Mia Chard. I am a suicide survivor. I am not ashamed. This is the face of suicide. This is the face that the world always saw from me – smiling, happy, helping, loving. No one would have guessed that I would have tried to end my life. No one really knew the … More The face of SUICIDE is often a happy one.
A month ago in a conversation with a friend I respect and appreciate he said something that I took the wrong way at first, something that I let hurt me. We had been talking about some of the experiences I had gone through in my life and the type of pain I felt from them: … More Your pain is not unique.
**originally posted 01/12/2015** I am blessed. I am alive. Two years ago – 01/12/2013, I almost wasn’t. This video is a brief snapshot of some of the moments I would have missed. It hasn’t all been amazing and challenging moments remain for me as they do for all of us; however, seeing some of … More Alive Day.
Wait … wait… wait …. The word reverberated in my head; getting louder each time I said it. Faces are above me, angry faces – wait … two are speaking, I don’t know them, no, not speaking, yelling … Wait … please … wait … I can hear one of them now but it’s like … More The beginning .. before the middle or the end.