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The Sick Fragrance

by Neesa Suncheuri

I can smell my brain.
Its fumes leak out from my left upper ocular bone,
The pressure point beneath my eyebrow.
When I smell it, I know that I will go to the hospital soon.

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Help Me

My voice, it shrieks.
It reaches into the corners of the ceiling
Of this little room with no windows.
I say things I don’t want to say,
And then everyone judges me, who hears.
But my shrieks are just
Me, trying to survive…

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A Stone Skipped v1: Battered, Bruised, and Scarred

EDITORS NOTE: A Stone Skipped is a gorgeously broken story about a woman looking to find her way. Cheryl Vollmar has decided to tell it in installments, and Battered, Bruised, and Scarred is the painfully honest first volume. Please help me welcome her to The OCH Literary Society.

-Allie

I took a drag from my cigarette, leaned back, and exhaled. It had been another dreadful day, and I was relieved to be in the solitude of my bedroom. I was exhausted, both mentally and physically, and wondered how much longer I could continue this way as I winced against the debilitating cramps manifesting in my legs from working my shitty part time job at the local pizza joint.

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MENTAL HEALTH FEATURE: Michelle Hammer, Schizophrenic NYC

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It is my pleasure and honor to introduce to you Michelle Hammer, the CEO and founder of Schizophrenic NYC, a clothing line for the mental health community. I fell in love with this shirt that I came across when scrolling in my favorite place – Instagram – and when dealing with Sarah, remembered that Michelle had written for Stigma Fighters. I was eager to interview Michelle, to learn what led her to launch this advocacy and speak with the person behind this amazing cause. It turns out that Michelle was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 22 years old. Five years has passed, and she is doing something important to support people like me. She is an amazing woman who I would love for you to get to know.

Please welcome Michelle Hammer.

-Allie

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