Two Events in Three Days – And More to Come! | Alexa Moody

Hello friends and fans of Please Live! It has been a while since we have posted a general “update” blog, so this month’s post will be a reflection on all that we’ve done so far this year (and it’s only March!) as well as what is coming soon to Please Live. Firstly, we have had […]

Slow Walk to Mental Health | Laura Cook

Sometimes life moves by and sad things happen quickly; you get in an accident and everything changes at once or your grandparent passes and you don’t get to say goodbye. There are some things in life, however, that happen so slowly, sometimes you have to wonder how things changed without you having noticed. My depression […]

It’s the Hap-Happiest Season of All | Alexa Moody

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” ― Norman Vincent Peale Oh, if only the above quote were true. Now granted, it may be true for many of us. There is something special about the holiday season that brings good cheer, merry wishes, good tidings, […]

Mental Illness in Film: Comforting or Triggering? | Olivia Falk

When you’re struggling with a mental illness, it can seem impossible to find comfort. Things like music, film, sports, and other things we used to enjoy can become uninteresting or even anxiety-provoking. In my experience, I found the most comfort in movies that I could relate to in my emotional turmoil. Seeing portrayals of mental […]

Storytelling will Save the World… Yes, Even Yours | Joshua Rivedal

Captain’s log, Stardate January 2011. Where unfortunately many have gone before. I’m twenty-six years old and thinking about dying… actually I’m not being entirely truthful. I’m dangling halfway out the fourth floor window of my bedroom in New York City. I don’t really want to die. I just want the emotional pain to stop… and […]

Sharing versus Secrets | Samantha Moore

The words we use carry a lot of weight. People use words such as crazy, psycho, and insane – phrases that they do not think twice about. I see it every day. One woman I know is very open about her anxiety and the difficulties with her mental illness. She has been on anxiety medication […]

No Time for Goodbye: Sudden versus Expected Deaths | Ashley Kochenour

Though universally experienced, death is perhaps one of the most foreign of human experiences. Not because it is a stranger to us, but because of how strange it is. Forever is not a time period we can comprehend, but somehow we never imagine a future without those close to us. This is why death is […]

The Veil of Mental Illness | July 4th, 2015 | by Alexa Moody

I’ve often said that it doesn’t matter how many books you’ve read, degrees you’ve earned, or how many letters come after your name – you will never understand mental illness unless you’ve experienced one yourself. This, I believe, is primarily what makes myself and the volunteers in Please Live qualified to talk about our experiences. […]

The Two Effects: Werther vs Papageno | Alexa Moody

On a previous blog, I took the time to outline what the Werther effect was. In essence, the “Werther Effect” is the official-sounding name for “Copycat Suicides”. The Werther effect was coined around the late 1700’s when Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published a book titled The Sorrows of Young Werther. In this particular work (spoiler […]