Why Did He Have to Ask A Stranger?

October 22, 2016 / Danei Edelen  / 
stranger, we listen

Losing the battle with my morning headache I awoke late one morning to see this email from a complete stranger (Names have been changed to protect anonymity), “My 26 year old daughter [Mary] is back in the hospital… As a parent I feel so helpless. Thank-you for helping to bring it out of the shadows. My daughter would rather die than to live with the side effects of medication… help us, please… [John].” (more…)

What Courage Really Looks Like

October 11, 2016 / Danei Edelen  / 
Let's do this, courage, courageous

“Thank you for sharing your story; you are so courageous,” a woman said to me at one of my “In Our Own Voice” presentations. As usual, I smiled and thanked her. It always surprises me when people thank me for speaking out—that the “speaking out” aspect is what they believe is most courageous. Yes, speaking out is cathartic. But when you’re like me, living with mental illness, what’s far more courageous is the journey to speaking out. (more…)

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