As the valedictorian of his high school class, Seamus appeared to be a high achieving, well adjusted teen. Yet, underneath the surface he was struggling immensely. By the time he walked the stage at 18, he had been to the ER twice for overdosing on pills, had been hospitalized multiple times for alcohol poisoning, and had completed in- and out-patient rehab programs for alcohol. The situation only accelerated at Brown University, where he abused a plethora of drugs, from Xanax to cocaine, while his alcohol abuse intensified. When he was 22, just after graduating college, he realized that he was going to die if he didn't stop drinking.
Seamus published his memoir, Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk, in early 2017, and has written about mental health and substance abuse issues for Teen Vogue, Upworthy, Advocate.com, The Huffington Post, The Mighty and his personal blog, www.seamuskirst.com. He has been a guest for a live recording of the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast, has Facebook Lived about his own experiences for The Mighty, was a panelist for NEDA's Twitter Chat about eating disorders in men and was also a panelist for Refinery29’s ‘Race in America’ dialogue.
Seamus has written about entertainment, social justice and politics for The Guardian, Forbes, Vice, Refinery29 and Mic. He has interviewed a range of people including Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dr. Jill Stein, Larry Wilmore, Janet Mock, Lisa Ling, Khloe Kardashian, Amber Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Gabrielle Union, Laura Prepon, Danielle Brooks, and Dr. Pimple Popper.
Lily Stav Gildor
Growing up in a family that was nomadic and ambitious, Lily cultivated an independent spirit that took her around the country horseback riding, abroad to Beijing for her junior year of high school, and to Aspen for her senior year. Notwithstanding her enthusiasm for adventures, she began to struggle with depression and an eating disorder during her first year at Brown University. She also experimented with alcohol and drugs, which only exacerbated her mental health issues. After graduating from college, Lily began working at Vogue magazine as an assistant to Anna Wintour, a demanding but gratifying job, and she did not want to commit to any forms of consistent therapy. After almost two years, Lily withdrew from her position and subsequently sought in-patient treatment for her eating disorder, depression and anxiety.
After spending a year and a half in various treatment facilities around the country, Lily returned to New York in recovery to pursue her masters in Design History and Curatorial Studies at the New School. Lily currently works as a curatorial fellow in the Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design department at the Cooper Hewitt Museum. She is also an active volunteer in the New York City NAMI and NEDA chapters and hopes to share her diverse experiences to inspire other young adults to conquer their own mental health issues.