Better Because Collective

Be inspired by real-life stories of growth after trauma, written by and for people just like you.

Share your own story, with the help of peer editors.

STORIES FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU, BY PEOPLE LIKE YOU

Our collection of stories comes from people who have mental health and substance use experiences.

To read our stories, click here.

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DO YOU HAVE A STORY YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

Sharing your own story can be empowering.

It can help you process your experiences in a totally new way, give you clarity and enable you to take new steps in your life.

If you’d like to share your story, or have been thinking about writing about your experiences, get in touch below.

OUR RECENT STORIES

The Stressed Miss

Growing into the person that I am hasn't been linear, even though I tried to make it seem that way.

By Meaghan O’Brien
Resilience Following the Virginia Tech Shooting

Following the shooting at Virginia Tech, Ann suffered from PTSD that affected her ability to teach.

By Ann Jeffers
Bipolar and Being Born This Way

Everything is bright, fun, and festive and then suddenly, it is dark, dull, and sad.

By Meg Henderson Wade

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    FROM OUR CONTRIBUTORS

    LAURA FOX

    Writing about my experiences gave me a way to wrap my head around my experiences, symptoms and suffering. It gave me a chance to offer hope and encouragement to others in a similar situation and that’s very rewarding.

    ANTHONY ACAMPORA

    I truly believe this organization will go a long way in eliminating the stigma around mental health as well as providing tangible hope and real life experiences that people can and do overcome. I am blessed to have a small part in this mission of hope.

    SUSANNA PAGE

    Writing unraveled my suffering and made me discover my potential beyond my diagnosis. Putting words to paper is a great way to paint your progress towards recovery. I hope by sharing my story I inspire others, and people will believe it is possible to grow into someone who can love themselves.

    FROM OUR FRIEND…

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    DEQUINCY A. LEZINE, PH.D. CEO, PREVENTION COMMUNITIES

    We have all heard stories of doom and gloom where someone is “struggling with” a disorder or perhaps just coping with it. We have longed for something different. We need something that can offer an honest account of pain and struggle with mental health challenges, but also the authentic hope that others have found. There is such hope in reading the story of someone whose experience was remarkably similar to yours, and then read about them finding meaning and purpose from that experience. Better Because Collective is collecting those kinds of hope-giving stories. The more people who share their experience, the better the chance that a reader can find someone ‘just like me.’ The more people who know about our stories, the more likely it is that somebody who needs hope can find it.

    WE WANT TO HELP YOU TAKE OWNERSHIP OF YOUR POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH