When the Black Dog shows his face…..

The worst bit about believing you are on a road to recovery from depression is veering off that road onto a bloody side street met by your Black Dog, shrouded in thick fog, and not having any reason that can justify this setback and street of obstacles to fight your way over.  But that is…

Fame and fortune should not matter….

When news surfaced that Kylie Minogue had been diagnosed with breast cancer 1000s of woman worldwide went to have their breasts checked by their doctor and more importantly had mammograms.  The impact that this announcement had on preventing breast cancer in woman was unprecedented.  This morning many Australians and others around the world woke to…

You just have to get through the hard stuff first…..

“It’s gonna get harder before it gets easier but it will get better, you just got to make it through the hard stuff first…” – Unknown If someone had of told me in my years through struggling to survive with depression that I would be on a road to recovery, again working, and most of…

Getting the conversation started with R U OK?…..

“Everybody saw her drown but nobody saw her struggle.” – Unknown Depression, in fact all mental illnesses are a hidden illness, out of sight from those around us. The stigma attached to depression often leads to shame about our diagnosis and our inner struggles that most keep to themselves not because we want to fight…

‘Thinking before you speak’ – A guest blog from The Mindset Effect

Its my pleasure to introduce my guest blogger Alison who writes The Mindset Effect, who works as a Counselor with ten years experience in the community services field. In her guest blog Alison introduces the power of thinking and its affect on those with a mental illness. I fell in love with this blog and…

The fight against stigma……

WARNING: Some of the contents of this post people may find upsetting and confronting, if you need assistance and you are upset, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636 (Australia) Stigma is the inaccurate and sensationalised reporting or portrayal of people with a mental illness affecting people through discriminatory…

Just be kind…..

“You deserve to have a good life! Being kind to yourself means that you follow your bliss, stand up for yourself and live a life that would make you jealous. Being kind to yourself means that you treat your heart with respect, forgive your errors when necessary and punish yourself only when needed, only when…

The role our story plays in defining us…..

“It was only when I was ready to give up every story I ever believed about myself that I remembered that I am, and have always been, here as a whole, no matter what my mind or body may be experiencing. It is as if stories of being broken make us feel special for being…

When words shape our weakness……

“This will hurt. You have been taught the wrong message for so long that a lie has become the truth. You were told that vulnerability is distasteful. You have been warned to hold it together, pull up your bootstraps, suck it up, and grow up. You have been ashamed by your accumulated definition of weakness…..”…

To you……

“To the child who grew up in the realm of ‘cant’. To you who lived ‘never enough’. To the one who came home to no one there, and there but not home. To the one who could never understand why she was being hit by hands, words, ignorance. To the one whose innocence was unceremoniously…