About Reader Stories


In November, 2012, I published Out of the Darkness in the New York Times. I received roughly 200 email responses, almost all of which shared the reader's experience with mental illness, whether it be their own struggle, or that of a family member. In January 2015, I published My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward in Pacific Standard, which "went viral." I received over a thousand email responses, and continue to get emails, a full 18 months after the story was first published. It was this massive response that got me thinking that I should make a place dedicated to sharing these stories.

If you want to share your own story of mental illness, you can submit them through the contact page or else by emailing me at mark@marklukach.com. I will use only first names in the stories that are published here, and if you prefer, you can keep your story anonymous. I will not be putting your email address anywhere on the post.

In spring 2017, Harper Wave will publish my memoir that explores the issues from my past writing in more depth. If you're interested, you can sign up to be on my email list to receive updates on the progress of the book.

Thank you for sharing your story, and good luck in your path forward.