From the Lived Experience

Our brave and insightful contributors offer their stories, providing insights and perspective from those who have experienced first hand some of the mind-body connections relevant to suicidal thoughts and behaviors and/or mental illness. We invite contributions from those who are experiencing these issues today, those who have overcome them in the past, and those survivors of suicide loss who have observed these concerns in their loved ones.

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 […]