abuse: recent publications

Raeann, 34, The Caribbean

***TW mentions suicide attempt***

“Many people believe that having mental health issues is a choice, that people choose to be sad or depressed, or that they would get better if they only knew how to control their emotions. Well, that is a huge misconception. You see, I know this, because I know me. From as early as I could remember, I suffered intense physical and verbal abuse and watched my siblings go through the same. I went to school with scars and puffy eyes from sleepless nights caused by the negative words of my abuser. I was never told that I was pretty or that I was smart. On the contrary, I was told I would never amount to anything, that I was ugly, fat, and a burden to everyone.

My first suicide attempt was at age 11. On my people life positive abuse
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