Happy Birthday Pops!

My dad’s birthday is today. Like any relationship, we have had ups and downs. We have a lot more ups, though. And that’s just the truth. My dad is more than just my dad – he’s my friend and, at times, a confidante. He’s also an incredible...

Experiencing Stigma (In the Worst Places)

This week had two unique and, yet, connected experiences. And, in both experiences, I experienced stigma and from what should be unlikely places. My first place feeling stigmatized for my mental illness was actually at an event hosted by NAMI and an institution in...

Hear Festival 2017

Hear Festival 2017 happened on Aug. 5, 2017. I’m still trying to process it, but wanted to take a second to write down some of the thoughts percolating in my mind. First, if you do not know, Hear Festival is a major event for Here/Hear. It is mostly a music...

Safe Spaces

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the nature of triggers. Basically, we mentioned that triggers are hard to predict and cannot always be detected. But, it is important to understand that there are triggers for many people that are harmful and we have to create places...

Here/Hear at Summer Camp Music Festival

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, we at Here/Hear spent the whole time in a park in Chillicothe, IL for the annual tradition known as Summer Camp Music Festival. This was a four day festival and entailed a lot for us. Let me briefly talk about some of the cool things...

Talking about Triggers

The issue of “triggers” in relation to mental health and mental illness has come up recently. This has been particularly true in light of the conversation around the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” This series depicts the suicide of a young,...