Marijuana was my crutch

by Jon Farrow

substance dependence

There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away.” – Sherman Alexie

It was a blindingly bright sunny day in Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 2010 as I boarded the plane that would take me home. As I found my seat, anxiety read more

News publicity for the cause of suicide and mental illness

Speaker in suicide prevention

Nice publicity for the cause. This is regarding a presentation for Mental Health America in Staunton, Virginia.

And my TEDx is not until December 8 but they saw I had been selected as one of the speakers.  Read the news story here

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‘Stop taking your meds,’ said my mentally ill brain

by Jon FarrowThis is a story all about how my life got flipped and turned upside down when my brain told me to toss my meds.

I’d like to tell you how I became the prince of a town called unstable.

I made a mistake I swore I would never make. I stopped taking one of my most important medications. read more

Letter from depression

Dear Sufferer,

I roll in like a slow moving fog, smother your motivation and sit on your self esteem like it’s an old comfortable sofa. There may be no particular outside trigger and it might otherwise be a beautiful sunny day.

But inside your head it’s gray, damp and miserable.

Heaviness read more

Bipolar Possession 

Written by Jon Farrow

I’m sick, very sick. I haven’t been this sick in a while. When I hit this low I make sure to constantly look at pictures of my family to remind myself of why I fight through this.

My wife recently lost her grandmother. I have tried to push my illness deep down read more

Connecting mental health with the business side

I had the privilege of presenting to and consulting with Web RTC Ventures, whose headquarters are in Charlottesville, Virginia. They have a HIPAA compliant video communication product that could help us connect patients with read more

Keynote for Wellstone in Cullman, Alabama

keynote speaker mental health

I’d like to say I was the star of the event. Or maybe even the CEO, Jeremy or Chris, the COO. But no, the bread pudding was the real star. A lovely venue to boot.

I got to meet the family whose father was attacked by a man who was lost in psychosis, entered the family home and killed Stephen read more

How to handle me when I am in a ‘roller coaster ride’

by Tammy Ozolins

I have always and still do try to cover up when I am feeling out of sorts.

I put on my mask and get through the day, but what people do not realize is when I am home I let it all out. My friends and family are who I rely on to get through the rough times, but at the same time read more