My name is Christy Zigweid. I am a writer, mother, wife, creative, fighter of depression and anxiety and advocate for suicide awareness and the arts. Currently, I volunteer for ConquerWorry.org, a website dedicated to inspiring, educating, and advocating for those who struggle with stress or their mental health.
My mental health writing can be found at Conquer Worry and This is My Brave. Last spring, I helped edit Conquer Worry: How to Build a Simple Daily Plan to Reduce Stress by S. Jay Coulter, which released May 31, 2015. On October 16, 2017, Elijah Bossenbroek released his new piano CD "7:12 AM." My poem "You Stay, I'll Go" can be found on the inside cover of the CD.
The arts have significantly impacted my life. Music is a integral part of my everyday existence. My husband is a high school band teacher. Art therapy has made a major difference in my recovery and living well with mental illness.
The journey of telling my story, sharing my creative endeavors, and connecting with others has opened doors beyond my wildest imagination. I have met amazing people who are working hard to further the importance of suicide prevention, suicide awareness, and mental illness advocacy.
Photo by Sunshine Photography
One of my favorite quotes is: “The best way out is always through.” - Robert Frost. While I've written about how this pertains to mental illness, it also pertains to life as a creative. Too often we get sidetracked or lose confidence in our art. But if we persevere and go through the motions, we will end up on the other side a better and stronger version of ourselves.