The name of this site does not glorify suicide or anything self-destructive that Sylvia Plath did in her short and tragic life. However, it does take stock of her enormous talent and one of the first books that makes people take notice of mental illness. Most importantly though, If you do feel suicidal or you are indulging in risky behavior which may end in unintentional suicide, please tell somebody; family, friends, colleagues, anyone you trust. And if they don’t take you seriously, tell someone else, don’t stop at one person. Please click on this link to our resources page to get emergency contacts, suicide prevention hotlines and universal or national websites that connect you with organizations in your country. Also, if you have a feeling that a friend, spouse or family member is struggling with their mental health, don’t stay silent, talk to them or go onto www.rethink.org to start a checklist and get advice on the steps forward for you and your loved one.

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08/03/2022
Article

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold-Part Three: In The Nuthouse


BY BETSY COLE
EDITED BY HEIDI HORNBACHER
ARTWORK BY LAURA CHALAND

How mental hospitals are portrayed within the media and how, generally, they’re still a terrible place to be.

From the expose by Nelly Bly in the early 20th Century to famous works like successful books that became equally successful films ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Girl Interrupted’. Or the novels like ‘The BellJar’ and ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ which had terrible adaptations. Furthermore, the lack of representation of the BIPOC community where mental health issues are normally confined to addiction and maybe PTSD. 


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07/26/2022
Article

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold- Part Two: Where Is My Mind?


BY BETSY COLE
EDITED BY HEIDI HORNBACHER
ARTWORK BY LAURA CHALAND

How Dissociative Disorder is a trend in movies and is over dramatized. What’s the actual truth behind the disorder and how is it deeper and more complex than ever imagined?

The new trend in movies and television series is Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or as it’s now known, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Whether it’s the outlandish work of Darren Aronofsky and M. Night Shyamalan or the lies of ‘Sybil’ and what happened to her and her warped relationship with her therapist. The work--and naivety--of Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis (one of the inspirations for Clarice, in the Silence of the Lambs) and how MPD or DID is responsible for behaviors within some murderers, especially those who have experienced mental, physical, or sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is often a genuine trigger DID and Dissociation. ‘Unbelievable’ with Toni Collette, Merrit Weaver, and Kaitlyn Denver tells the story of a girl who’s raped and isn’t believed because she has learnt a technique of Dissociation from a childhood of sexual abuse. In all DID, whether it’s through a different personality or just Dissociating from a traumatic situation, it’s protecting the mind from something damaging. But what if you can’t get over it?


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07/20/2022
Article

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold- Part One: And The Winner Is


BY BETSY COLE
EDITED BY HEIDI HORNBACHER
ARTWORK BY LAURA CHALAND

How mental illness is portrayed in the media. Mental illness portrayed within the role of a serial killer and how inaccurate it is that mental illness should be a factor within serial killers.

Anthony Hopkins did win last year in ‘The Father’--while Will Smith won this year, Chris Rock made one joke about his wife and G.I Jane without knowing that Jada had alepicia and he got socked in the mouth. Wow, that’s an over-reaction if there ever was one, and Will Smith’s psyche should be questioned maybe about IED (Intermittenet Explosive Disorder) but as I always say that’s another rant for another day. Anthony Hopkins won for playing a man with dementia, which is regarded as a mental illness but it’s actually a degenerative illness with side effects that dip into mental illness. Why didn’t someone else get the award? Anthony Hopkins' last Oscar was for his infamous role as Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs, a psychotic killer. The portayal of mental illness within the role of a serial killer. And how Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs), Norman Bates (Psycho) and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) are based on one man, Ed Gein. Is this a trend? Will real life situations always inspire stories, no matter how macabre? 


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12-04-31
Article

New Year, New Meh...

BY BETSY COLE
EDITED BY HEIDI HORNBACHER
ILLUSTRATION BY LAURA CHALAND

People use new years resolutions as a reason to start over or fix a flaw. But in reality many of us oAften have unrealistic expectations to change physically, not mentally. To do this, some turn to self help which can produce a false sense of stability. In reality the self help industry feeds on people’s vulnerability and need for help. But is it like putting a band aid on a wound that requires stitches, does the flaw really go away? 


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12-04-31
Article


Are You Ok, Really?


BY BETSY COLE
EDITED BY HEIDI HORNBACHER
PHOTO BY JOEL HARRIS

Covid has not just weakened us physically, but mentally. Furthermore, what do we do about this cumulative mental distress?

A look at how mental illness has increased in spite of the pandemic. Who, What and Why this Webzine exists. Hopes for the future in terms of illness: both Mental Illness and the Pandemic at large. 


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