Hi, and welcome to Jenna-Kahn.com!
My name is Jenna Kahn, and I have been blogging for almost ten years on a variety of different platforms. I started writing angsty poetry, migrated to documenting my daily outfits, and finally moved on to blogging about mental health. During my junior year of college, I discovered my passion for the literary arts.
My Mental Health
During my senior year of high school, I was formally diagnosed with bipolar disorder (I) and obsessive compulsive disorder. Inspired by my week-long in-patient hospital stay, I decided to transform my fashion blog into a mental health blog. That’s really when my online journey began. Be sure to check out my best mental health blog posts. I have dealt with self-injury, psychotic episodes, and suicidal ideation as well. It is my hope that I can reduce the stigma surrounding these topics.
Because I was struggling to connect with my blog in a meaningful way, I switched to a newsletter format through TinyLetter for a few weeks. Sunflowers and Lemonade was my weekly-ish newsletter where I wrote about a topic and then gave an update on the media I was consuming. Don’t worry about missing the party – you can view the Letter Archive here.
Now I’m back on my blog, digging in to mental-health-related topics that inspire me.
Mental Health Resources
Active Minds was my first encounter with mental health advocacy when I got to Towson University. Their websites offers opportunities to get involved as well as general information about mental health.
National Alliance on Mental Illness provides an abundance of information on specific mental illnesses, ways to get involved, and different support/educational services.
My Professional Life
Besides blogging, I have experience writing professionally about mental health. You are also welcome to look at my résumé highlights. Last year, I managed Grub Street‘s online presence. This summer, I interned for American Short Fiction. While learning all about marketing a literary magazine, I also wrote a piece called Things American: Treatment vs Healing. It was featured prominently on the ASF website as well as on Lit Hub. I am currently interning for Prodigal Literary Journal.
If you are member of mental health community in any capacity (either living with mental illness or loving someone who does), you are welcome to join the Best Lemonade Club Facebook group.
Thanks for reading, and if you want to get in touch, head over to the Contact Me & Sponsor Info page. I do my best to answer all emails within a couple of days.
My Work Elsewhere
- Things American: Treatment vs Healing for American Short Fiction (8/11/2016)
- Contributing Artist for First the Pain II (11/14/2015-12/20/2015)
- Profiled for People and Places: A Primer (10/1/2015-10/31/2015)
- Cover-Girl for Tote Magazine (1/2015)
- Interview by The Towerlight about Mental Health at Towson U (12/1/2014)
- Interview by Humans of Towson University on Instagram (9/22/2014)
- Interview for Sarah Fader at Stigma Fighters (6/27/2014)
- Interview by Kevin Kutner at the Baltimore Watchdog (5/13/2014)
- My TEDx Talk! TEDxTowsonU: Active Minds (5/8/2014)
- Interview at Like a Bird Blog (2/28/2014)
- Campaign Creator/Photographer for “What Does Mental Illness Look Like?” (6/2013)
- Guest Post on Body Secrets at the Militant Baker (11/13/2012)