I don’t always want to laugh at my pain, but laughter is an involuntary act.
Romanticized and screen-mediated love.
Curl up with some well-loved essays, galleries, and guides.
I thought looking good would mean freedom from anxiety and depression.
Healing isn’t exactly a straightforward process.
Overcast on the inside.
“I feel like the future is mine.”
A comic about my self-harm.
Advice for talking to adults, therapists, and friends if you’d like to stop self-harming.
When I self-harmed, I did want people to notice—because I needed help.
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