Lifestyle blog and think pieces for the modern woman dealing with mental illness. My mission is to champion de-stigmatization through honesty, vulnerability, and encouragement. After visiting Bummed Out Bailey, I want to leave you feeling like you’ve just hung out with some cool new friend: understood, inspired, and hopeful. And maybe buzzed.

photo by Krystallynne

Hello, and welcome!

My name is Bailey Powell Aldrich and I am the writer, editor, cook, food photographer, and sustainability champion behind Bummed Out Bailey, a lifestyle blog primarily about mental illness.

Most of my life has been spent trying to make sense of, cater to, or mask my depression and anxiety. It’s exhausting. Often I’ve felt misunderstood, helpless, and so, so alone. So, Bummed Out Bailey was born, a safe haven where you’ll find transparency on mental illness.

I live in New York City with my husband Rick and hold an MFA in Creative Writing, Nonfiction from The New School. I love black clothes, spooky stuff, addresses that have “1/2” in them, and golden retrievers, and I deeply value inclusion, word impeccability, and kindness. 

Ultimately, I’m here to provide community and laughter to those living with mental illness or those in close proximity to someone living with mental illness.

I’m so happy you’re here, and I hope you like what you find.


If you’re looking for a place to start, the following are some of my most popular posts.

Mental Health:
Mental Health: The Social Toll of Invisible Illness
Mental Health: Mourning the Living
Mental Health: Mental Illness and Motherhood

Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Arugula (Gluten-Free + Vegetarian)
Recipe: Korma (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
Recipe: Black Bean and Potato Enchiladas (Gluten-Free + Vegetarian)

The best way you can support me is to share my blog with friends! Another way to support is on my Patreon where you’ll find exclusive content. Your word of mouth and contribution mean more to me than you’ll ever know.

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If you or someone you know needs help right now, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.