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

-Susanna Kaysen

meWelcome to Survival is a Talent, a 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 bitter feelings, 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 in hopes 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 mental illness to share their stories of survival. This site is a community of acceptance, especially for those with a “scary” mental illness. It is a place to educate those who might just be coming to terms with their diagnosis. It is a place to enlighten those who might have the wrong ideas. This site is a celebration of our survival.

We write about our lives to process our intense and sometimes debilitating emotions. We write to survive and “survival is a talent.”


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 reach the goal of paying our valued contributors.



Stories of Survival is a monthly feature where individuals with a mental illness share their journey. We are looking for personal account written in the first person, especially stories that humanize individuals with a “scary” mental illness. To find out more, click here.



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