Thank you, Charlotte! I was a bit afraid of this …

Comment on Reading Triggers, Mental Illness and (ugh) Amanda Lauren by Shawna Ayoub Ainslie.

Thank you, Charlotte! I was a bit afraid of this piece for some reason. I submitted it to The Establishment after a few back and forths with editors there. I had this feeling it was a piece that belonged here. I’m happy it ended up on this page because it feels very safe and rewarding to share with and be shared by you. You are making the world a better place always. I’m so happy we get to know each other!

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Reading Triggers, Mental Illness and (ugh) Amanda Lauren

I’m so happy to find your words here. Your writing on your friend was loving and done with compassion for all of us living with mental illness or loving those who live with it. I appreciate you using your voice in response to the damaging actions of Lauren. I also hope more people will read loving words than ignorant ones. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Reading Triggers, Mental Illness and (ugh) Amanda Lauren
Thank you, Raymond. Feeling safe and empowered to share is . . . there’s nothing like it in our culture of shame and silence. It is amazing for me to read that you feel our interactions have given you mental space. I feel the same. You are a true friend and the #LinkYourLife community is an internet oasis. <3

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