The IMPACT Project: Celebrating Three Years of SbL

Surviving by Living is the story of how mental illness didn’t claim me. For the past three years, my readers have had an unfiltered look at the most vulnerable aspects of my life.

Like any story, my story has a number of characters, and while I’ve used SbL as a platform for people to get to know me, I feel it’s important to introduce some of the other characters in this story.

You see, my story is not just about me – it’s about the people I love, and the people who love me. It’s about the stories of people who may have never thought they had a story to share.

To celebrate three years of being open, starting conversations, and sharing stories, I’m excited to introduce the next chapter in Surviving by Living: IMPACT. The IMPACT Project is about sharing the stories of these other characters. It’s an opportunity to shed some light on how mental illness not only impacts the person involved, but their entire support system.

The IMPACT Project is also about sharing the stories of others. Every person has a story to tell, and whether they have a mental illness or not, their mental health is a vital part of their story.

IMPACT explores how mental health/illness impacts us, the roles we play in people’s lives, and the role they play in ours. It also looks at how mental health can impact the every day decisions we make (where to live, where to work, what to do with our free time), or how those decisions and life things also influence our mental health.

Over the course of this project, you’ll meet “characters” who, like me, have had to face their mental health or the mental health of those they love, whether they wanted to or not. Maybe you’ll find these stories similar to your own, or vastly different.

If you’d like to get involved with The IMPACT Project or share your story, feel free to reach out to me on social media, or via email at

My story isn’t over, and neither is yours.

Keep Surviving by Living.



  1. Ameera – it has been a while since we communicated but I have read all your posts, I send you positive energy everyday esp when I know you are struggling and celebrate your achievements. Thank you again for inspiring us who support those with a mental illness and for inspiring people with a mental illness by your courage


    1. Great to hear from you, Julia! Thanks for your positive energy and kind words 🙂 I hope you and your family are doing well! I think you’ll really enjoy what’s coming up in the next month with The IMPACT Project.


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