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

-Susanna Kaysen

Survival is a Talent is a blog founded by me, August. I started this blog in August of 2016 so that I could have a safe place to be unapologetically mentally ill. After being diagnosed with bipolar type schizoaffective disorder at 19 years old, I felt incredibly alone and misunderstood. I needed a safe place to talk freely about my “strange” and “frightening” symptoms without apologizing for them. I needed to be able to express the part of myself that I always had to hide for fear of others laughing at me or thinking badly of me. This is how Survival is a Talent was born.


Less than a year later, Survival is a Talent has become a place where anyone can come to talk about mental health. Whether it’s from a caregiver’s perspective or those of us who have personally struggled, this is where we come forward to share our stories.

Recovery is a conscious decision to wake up every day and try again. I’ve been in recovery for a little over two years. Having a support system and getting educated have been the two most important things in my journey. Here, you’ll find not only stories of survival, but tips and information to help you along the way. If you are struggling, make sure to check out our resources page. You can also join Survival is a Talent’s Facebook group for reminders and resources to stay on top of your mental health!

If you are interested in writing a guest blog post, you can find more information here

Survival is a Talent is now on Patreon! HUGE thanks to Abby Whittredge, Tom C., Daniel Watts, and Richter Sundeen for supporting this blog!

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