Editor’s Note: The Mainstream staff normally don’t share their own stories, but the topic of homelessness is so personal and so closely related to identity that this story must be told. Homelessness can happen in a heartbeat, sometimes to those who least expect it. It’s not only about what the movies and TV shows portray: mental illness, substance abuse, dirt, and skittish nights under bridges. It is people who have given up everything to serve their country, single mothers who vow their babies will have a better life than they had, and young dreamers who hope to one day help make the world a betterRead More →

Birds are chirping from a large pine tree as the sun steams the air outside Anne’s window. She listens to students chatting during a volleyball game on the lawn in a kind of joyous symphony. But this isn’t a happy spring day for Anne. Negative thoughts in her head rise and fall like a tidal wave. She can’t escape an ever-present darkness that seeps into her mind, never giving her a moment of rest. Close to 60 percent of college students, Anne suffers from debilitating anxiety and depression. “It all became too much,” she says. “I had to take the rest of the term off,Read More →