From the Lived Experience

May 05, 2022

The Suicide that Wasn’t

From the Lived Experience Why do some suicides seem to happen so “fast?” That question underscores many of the complexities, nuances, and possible solutions for a growing health crisis. As a Black American, I am driven to write about this phenomenon through the lens of people like me. My Story Invisibility. Invisible problems. In reality, […]

December 03, 2021

We Know So Much More Now…

From the Clinician AND From the Lived Experience Last spring we posted about mind-body insights and tools for stress regulation that we learned from Dr. Kathleen Mackenzie at the Active Minds conference, and recently we had a chance to catch up with her directly.  Dr. Mackenzie’s insights are especially powerful since they stem from a […]

September 01, 2021

My Journey With My Mental Health and How I Deal, Part Three: Walking

Third in her From the Lived Experience series, our contributing writer describes benefits to her mental health from taking walks and being present. By Guest Contributor, Christine Bushrow Walking has always been excellent for our physical health. Medical professionals recommend it to those who want to lose weight, prevent blood clots, maintain a healthy heart, and help with […]

July 21, 2021

My Journey With My Mental Health and How I Deal, Part Two: Diet

In her second piece for From the Lived Experience our contributing writer discusses the impact of diet, which affects our brain and mental health just as it does our physical health–as JKBF has outlined here.  By Guest Contributor, Christine Bushrow I grew up eating predominantly healthy, comforting, home-cooked meals with my family. My mom’s Italian heritage […]

July 07, 2021

My Journey With My Mental Health and How I Deal, Part One: Yoga

Our contributor Christine shares insights into her mental health journey and lifestyle and biological influences in a series of articles. In this first piece for From the Lived Experience she discusses the impact of yoga, which has many benefits, including alteration of the stress response. Through movement and breath work yoga affects the nervous system […]

February 06, 2021

A Reflection from Jamie’s Brothers

On the 11th anniversary of his death, Jamie Bernard’s family gathered to remember him and celebrate his spirit. This year JKBF is fortunate to be able to share these reflections from his triplet brothers, Fred and Bill. Fred’s reflections as a suicide loss survivor offer insight From the Lived Experience. Thoughts on Jamie by Fred […]

December 06, 2020

My Meds Story

Medication can be extremely helpful in managing symptoms of both physical and mental illnesses, but care needs to be taken  in prescribing and following patients. Doctor and patient awareness and advocacy are essential to managing and addressing side effects and unexpected outcomes, as outlined in our post here. In her story of a journey with […]

December 06, 2020

Sleepless in Pennsylvania

The ebbs and flows of days, seasons, and life cycles all play into the functioning of our bodies and our minds. This From the Lived Experience story from Elise shares her journey with bipolar disorder, and reminds that issues of sleep and hormones can factor into our mental health. Seeking help and understanding all of […]