ALSO: Norah Jones – Sunrise



Another 5-Star review of Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide:


“I’m not often comfortable when writers delve into their darkness – addictions, depression, suicide attempts – and speak about them so honestly – shining a light into that darkness, so to speak. Something about this author’s matter of factness of description, however, brought me methodically into her world and made the subject matter intense and vivid but never lurid and exploitative. I felt I was accompanied the entire time by a clear eyed survivor who had made it through her own hell and lived to tell the tale. Well worth the read.”



Hey folks, the extraordinary animated feature ”Rocks in my Pockets” will screen in NYC, September 3–11at the IFC Center. The film is also playing in Boston, LA, and other locations in the US and internationally. Please check the film website to see if it will be in your area (http://www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com/Screenings.html)

Here’s a review from VARIETY.

sunrise August 1 2014

My girlfriend’s sister jokes about people posting photos of sunrises, it’s banal she says.

I feel very different: every sunrise is a gift and makes me grateful for being alive for yet another day. That’s something my illness tired to take away from me threes times.

photo-325Yesterday, I was in an out of the pharmacy in less than an hour at my local public hospital where I get healthcare on a sliding scale basis. My scripts are 2 bucks apiece and each visit to the outpatient psych clinic  is only $15. This is not brought to me by Obamacare, the insurance scam of the century, but Artists Access, a health program created for artists in NYC.

I have a 5-10 minute psych visit every two months to get my prescriptions paired with a quick, obligatory psychology visit every three months to make sure I remain stable.

So 4 scripts at $2 each = $8 + shrink at $15 =$23 + psychologist at $15 =$38 a month for my mental health care. This is exactly as it should be! Not forcing me to pay $500+ monthly under Obamacare and then on top of that paying out a yearly deductible, plus co-pays for doctor visits and also medications that, of course, are not in the formulary. This is why I will not join Obamacare and will instead pay a penalty of a few hundred bucks – it’s still less than a month of a bogus insurance premium.

I know most folks mental healthcare is not so inexpensive or straight forward, I know that. Mine hasn’t been in the past and may not be again in the future. But for now, I’m very grateful for this program which provides me with good care at an affordable price.


http://www.freeimages.co.ukIt’s a constant effort to ensure journalists, including writers at “progressive”, reputable and even “venerable”publications, use correct language when describing people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

The “people first” language guidelines ere greatly expanded in the midst of the terrible, initial (and subsequent) reporting about HIV/AIDS. Calling everyone with an illness a “patient” diminishes greatly (or completely demolishes) our agency as individuals and raises questions about our veracity and reliability. This also implies we are not believable sources or reliable narrators.

The AP Stylebook added guidelines about reporting on people diagnosed with mental illness in early 2013. http://www.ap.org/Content/Press-Release/2013/Entry-on-mental-illness-is-added-to-AP-Stylebook.

And, there are expanded resources for those journalists interested in fair, accurate, and responsible reporting on the topic:

Journalists and other writers can find plenty of other resources and guidelines online and from professional writers organizations.



Reader Responses
“If anybody is looking for Prozac Nation 15 years later, please, please check out Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide by Stephanie Schroeder. I read it in one day and for anybody who…suffers from depression, anxiety problems, and/or bi-polar this book will reaffirm and comfort you.”

“…this is such an important message you have to share! By being brave enough to open your heart to speak about your experiences, many people can be helped and healed. A book like this, coming from a place of bravery and honesty can help people of all backgrounds.”

“Just got off the phone with a young gay patient to whom I recommended your book. He saw his own situation in your experience with that doc and it “hit me like a ton of bricks.” He said he realized it isn’t his condition keeping him from doing his own thing, it’s the negative caretaker in his life telling him he can’t. He’s finally agreed to therapy with medication, something his lover has discouraged. Just so you know. Mega thanks. This is huge.”

“Hi, I just had to write you..I spent the night reading your book from beginning to end and WOW, you are such a strong, beautiful woman with such a powerful story to tell. Thank you, Steph the story of you is so touching…so many of us can relate to what you’ve been through.. Congrats and…keep up the good work sista!!!!!”

“Illuminating book. Amazing. I saw far too much of myself in it and had to take a long walk this morning. I hope you continue to write about your life for those of us who can’t, whether we lack the talent, courage, or for other reasons. Hugs. Thanks again for the book.”

“This is an amazing book I’m reading for the second time. I have ADHD and a learning disorder so it’s hard for me to read front to cover but I am hooked. Hat’s and shirts off to you Ms. Stephanie Schroeder, your words, wisdom and honesty bring much inspiration and enlightenment.”

“Just finished your book. Amazing trip that I unfortunately RAN through – started last night and am now done… Hungry for more of your writing. Even though there were many passages that were terribly hard to read because they were just too vivid and I could breathe them myself. Brava!”

“I think that it is a very brave thing to do to write a memoir like that. To tell your story just the way it happened without editing any “ugly” parts (like suicide attempts) away. Because then it would not be YOUR story, it would have been an edited version!  It was so inspirational. I felt that the key message was that it is never too late to get help and find the happiness and love that you deserve!”

“Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your book! I’m glad you brought so many things to light… really gave me some insight into some of my own relationships! ”




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