Stay Awhile Project

The Stay Awhile Project is a writing contest, a call to arms, to submit your stories of depression, suicidal ideation, hope, and inspiration. Our first iteration of this project was hosted in May/June of 2021, and it was a massive success. I was completely blown away by the huge response it received, and how many stories were submitted. It was truly a moving experience.

Given the outpouring of stories, I’ve decided to make this an annual event, hosted during the entire month of May in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal that I strive for in running this event, is to shine a light on the conversations we seldom have. I do not want anyone to feel as if they must suffer alone, in silence. Depression is not something that should be shuffled away and muted. It’s my hope that anyone coming across these stories will feel less alone in their own battles. To see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and a hope for a better tomorrow.