Blogversary: Reflecting on 4 Years of Advocacy

Four years ago today, I started this blog to be a place to write about having OCD. I didn’t know how long it would last, but I’m proud of myself for keeping it up this long (and I plan to keep it going). I’m also proud of myself for how my mental health advocacy has grown beyond this blog with school clubs, speaking engagements, and more.

For once I don’t really have the words to describe how surreal it all is. So instead, here is a journey via photographs of my evolution as a mental health advocate, from hiding my face to jumping and shouting for all the world to hear.


right after being diagnosed, for a project on Ellen’s OCD Blog



art projects after OCD Camp



Mental Health Monologues 2015



OCDcon 2015



IOCDF involvement: my first blog post reposted on the IOCDF website, mailing holiday cards to individuals in residential treatment, and participating in a The Mighty post


speaking on a panel with University of Michigan’s Active Minds chapter



Mental Health Monologues 2016


speaking about Mental Health Monologues at the Depression on College Campuses conference



first essay with OC87 Recovery Diaries



OCDcon 2016



The OCD Stories podcast and writing an article for my dorm’s newsletter



more holiday cards for the IOCDF and emailing my professor about an “OCD” comment made in class



Mental Health Monologues 2017 and my monologue on the IOCDF website


1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk 2017



OCDcon 2017


World Suicide Prevention Day 2017



Not Alone Notes


essay in the IOCDF newsletter



Send Silence Packing and Unstuck film screening with Active Minds at the University of Michigan



even more holiday cards for the IOCDF and an anonymous note that melted my heart



presenting at the Depression on College Campuses conference and my DBT graduation


University of Michigan Out of the Darkness Walk



becoming and IOCDF ambassador and 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk 2018

Thanks for reading,







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