The Issue

    Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year.

    Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among Adults.

    Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15 - 24.

    U.S.A. Suicide: 2013 Official Final Data.

    More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General.

    Mission

    Lighthouse Magazine is an anonymous online publication that tells the stories of those who have been impacted by mental illness, with a focus on adolescents. Our goal is to give a voice to those who otherwise go unheard. Every quarter we publish stories written by young adults who have dealt with mental illness, whether personally or through friends and family. Our hope is that Lighthouse will raise awareness for the increasingly prevalent issue that is adolescent mental illness. If you have a story to tell, please contact us.

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    • Nov, 29

      Fragile

      I was molested by my father when I was 5. He abused me physically and mentally all through my childhood. I never stopped believing that monsters existed. How could I? I’d lived with one throughout my age of ‘innocence’ Fragile is a word that means easily broken or destroyed and that’s me. I’m a fragile […]

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      Oct, 25

      What is Happiness ?

      It’s really not something people on the outside can understand easily. According to many of my friends, “I always look so happy” because I am the cheerful one with the bright smile. That’s what depression looks like. Depression means I am happy all day around my friends but as the day goes on, my mood […]

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    • Sep, 15

      Learning to Live with a Poisoned Mind

      It’s really not something people on the outside can understand easily. According to many of my friends, “I always look so happy” because I am the cheerful one with the bright smile. That’s what depression looks like. Depression means I am happy all day around my friends but as the day goes on, my mood […]

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      Aug, 10

      The Physics of Long Sleeve Shirts

      I have been trying to figure out how to describe what happened to me freshmen year for a while now. But when there’s something you never planned on telling anyone, let alone write down and publish in a magazine, you never take the time to piece everything together and put it in order. It’s just […]

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    • Aug, 10

      Her Name Was Ana

      When I was thirteen years old, I met someone who quickly became my best friend, but would later become my worst enemy. Her name was Anorexia; Or Ana, as she was fondly known. She was the image of perfection and all I wanted to be. Her ribs were visible, no matter what she wore, her […]

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