I Won’t Commit is a project started by artist and bipolar II survivor Schlomo Steel (me). The goal is simple: to provide a space where every click brings you to more fuel to stay alive.

Along with a series of events in my personal life as well as the new and heightened challenges our communities face under the Trump administration, I have found myself confronting once again the demons of my depression.

But just as I will not take Trump lying down, I am not going to take my depression lying down. My hands are going to stay busy to fight back against mental illness.

I am not a medical professional. I am just a nice faygeleh with depression and an internet connection. My activism has always manifested best at the personal level, and I pledge to spend the Trump administration keeping us alive.

The world needs you. Your world needs you. That’s not hyperbole, that’s the T.

I won’t commit suicide. I hope you won’t either.


PS: I Won’t Commit is launching as a solo effort, but I hope it won’t stay that way for long. It is my goal to feature diverse voices regularly, and everyone is welcome to contribute here.

It is, moreover, my ultimate goal for this space to become a paying outlet for marginalized writers. If this site ever brings in more than it costs to run, that money will go back into the site and this community.