“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.”

-Susanna Kaysen

headshotWelcome to Survival is a Talent, a health & wellness blog founded by me, August. 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. After a year of shame and anger, I decided to embrace who I am.

Despite stigma and the advice to keep my diagnosis to myself, I started a blog to share my story. I wrote about some of my deepest secrets and darkest symptoms hoping that others might understand. The more I wrote, the less alone I realized I was.

I thought I was alone for years, but I never was and neither are you.

Over the past year and a half, Survival is a Talent has become a safe place for individuals with a disability to share their stories. This site is:

  • A community of acceptance, especially for individuals with a more stigmatized diagnosis.
  • A place to educate those who might be coming to terms with their diagnosis or have a loved one who has been diagnosed.
  • A place to enlighten those who might have the wrong ideas.
  • A celebration of who we are… how we cope with our diagnosis in a society that tends to either mock or overlook 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 raise mental illness awareness! One of the many purposes of our Patreon is to pay our contributors.

Disclaimer: The content on this website is NOT an attempt to diagnose or treat anyone with a physical or mental illness. This website is a resource run by peers and CANNOT substitute a medical professional.

If you are in a crisis, call the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or Chat online.

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