Lauren Rich


Lauren Rich encourages others to live positively by sharing authentic experiences pertaining to depression, suicide, anxiety, sexuality, and loneliness. She has a B.A. in English and a minor in Information Technology from UMass Amherst.

5 Ways Adopting A Dog Helped Me Heal During My Grieving Process

By Lauren Rich
Just after Christmas, on December 27, 2014, Spanky, a dachshund and corgi mix, was humanely put down because of bloat. The second most common killer of dogs (aside from cancer), bloat is a common term used to describe the twisting of the stomach. It…

Learning I Was Addicted To Sugar Was The Final Thing I Needed To Lose Weight

By Lauren Rich
"Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Lauren, we love you we do," sang my cheerful yet emotional mother as another birthday had come to pass. On February 28, I turned 23. A decorative cake stood before me, complete with…

The 5 Stages Of Grief You Experience When You Lose A Pet

By Lauren Rich
Five years have come and gone since I lost my four-legged best friend. Graham, a Rottweiler and German shepherd mix, was a rescue from Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton. He was my companion all throughout middle school and high school. Nighttime…

5 Reasons It's So Much Harder To Find Love On LGBTQ+ Dating Apps

By Lauren Rich
About a year and a half ago, I grew comfortable with the idea of dating a woman for the first time. At that time, college was a chapter of my life. But it was slowly closing by the day, and the real world was gradually creeping into view. With all…

Why I'd Rather Wait To Be Courted Than Journey Through Casual Dating

By Lauren Rich
Like many who make up Generation-Y, my approach to dating (among other things) is made up in part by the movies and television shows I watch. Some Millennials may watch "Sex and the City" and picture a steamy relationship brimming with romance and…

Dear LGBTQIA Youth: Love Yourself, Speak Out And Dismiss The Haters

By Lauren Rich
This letter is addressed to those who are struggling with their sexual or gender identities. As a lesbian who struggled with self-acceptance for many years, I can confidently and wholeheartedly tell you everything will be okay. I've been in your…