Are You Busy Living?

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” Stephen King That is a fantastic quote that pretty much sums up taking positive action in life. There’s one thing I know for sure, and it’s that we have all been influenced at some point in our lives by substances, whether it be through peer pressure or conditioned to them from childhood. Substance abuse has been a common theme in both sides of my family and has even taken the life of…

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Walking Dead Actress Addy Miller to Join the LifeAfter Project

July 25, 2017 For Immediate Release: Contact: Michael Strider – striderimage@gmail.com Actress Addy Miller has decided to join forces with the LifeAfter Project. Miller is no stranger to the spotlight. She began her career at the young age of four. Since then she has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. Her most famous is one you may recognize. It’s a TV show called, The Walking Dead. “When I first heard of the LifeAfter Project, and all that it…

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Why I Advocate For Mental Health

Why am I an advocate for mental health? I believe it is critical for there to be education and access to health care for everyone, and those needing mental health services. I would love to see the stigma of mental illness removed. Having experienced PTSD as well as depression and anxiety in my life, seeing family members suffer from some of these kinds of conditions, as well as relatives suffering from conditions such as alcoholism and drug addiction to…

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My Grandfather’s Silent War With His Depressed Mind

My Grandfather suffered from schizophrenia. My mom used to tell me the after he came back from the Second War world (he was in the resistance) he was never the same. His illness just got worse, and he would sometimes have severe episodes, in which he would run up into the mountains thinking the war was back. Or, after he lost his business because his partner ripped him off, he was up entire nights going over the numbers in…

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Just Jonathan

After more than a decade of silence, actress Danielle Harris speaks intimately, and exclusively for the LifeAfter Project, about the death of her best friend, actor Jonathan Brandis. Jonathan spent most of his life in the entertainment industry. While growing up, his main competition were kids such as Leonardo Decaprio and River Phoenix. Without warning, at 27 years old, Jonathan Brandis committed suicide on November 12, 2003, outside his apartment in West Hollywood. He did not leave a note…

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Did Jim Morrison Commit Suicide?

I am John Densmore. Doors drummer, writer, and activist. Our lead singer, my blood brother, Jim Morrison took his life.I wouldn’t say he was suicidal. He committed slow suicide via alcohol. I’m also staggered about Robin Williams checking out. My first book, Riders on the Storm, I closed out the book saying that these tragedies that have been in my life have made me cherish life. It’s really valuable to try and hang in there. I know there are…

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Danielle Harris – People Magazine

Al of us at the LifeAfter Project recently had the distinct honor of working with actress, Danielle Harris, her husband David and their dog, Thor. Danielle and David are expecting their first child, a son. I have been friends with Danielle for several years and I am very happy for the two of them. People magazine reached out to her for the exclusive story. Danielle, who had planned on being involved with the LifeAfter Project, contacted me to do…

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The Fallen

We’ve all known someone who seemed to have struggles within themselves. Who hasn’t experienced struggles and pain, for that matter? Inner struggles are a natural part of life. Some people can handle them and some aren’t as fortunate. My brother Patrick was one of the latter. He was four years older than me and was my best friend. He was the reason I got into music. He had his bouts with depression. Also with drugs and alcohol. That’s a…

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“Calm Down and Call Your Therapist”

When I am in the throws of a major depressive episode, being told to calm down – or to call my therapist, infuriates me. What I need, is someone who will listen to me, not just pass me off. What I need is someone who will hold my hand and kiss my cheek, not someone who will tell me to “calm down.” What I need is space, music, exercise, chocolate and sleep. What I need is for someone to say,…

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My Life with Major Depressive Disorder

For as long as I can remember, I’ve lived with an illness that for the most part goes unseen. To this day it is still difficult for friends and family to wrap their head around because on the outside: I look Ok. It’s an invisible illness. I didn’t catch it, and it wasn’t something that just happened to me one day out of the blue. As a child, there were subtle signs. As I grew older, they became more…

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