cropped-newestlogo.png“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.” -Susanna Kaysen

Welcome to Survival is a Talent, a blog founded by me, August Pfizenmayer. I started this blog as a part of my journey to recovery after I was diagnosed with a mental illness in the Spring of 2015. I began to discuss symptoms of my illness that I had been hiding for years, and I found that I was actually not alone at all.


Survival is a Talent has become a platform where anyone with a mental illness can share their art in order to raise awareness and fight stigma. This is where we express what it’s like to live in a world that is so keen on ignoring, misunderstanding, and belittling us. This is us saying we are here to stay, celebrating how we survive, and sharing what it’s like to be us.

Survival is a Talent is now on Patreon! HUGE thanks to Abby Whittredge, Daniel Watts, Emily Deibler and Richter Sundeen for supporting this blog and helping end the stigma around mental illness!

Some links on this site may be affiliate links. This helps us remain afloat and keep fighting mental illness stigma. Thank you!