Just call me a FAILURE!!

It is so easy when you have a mental illness to feel like a failure, its apart of the disease, its part of the crippling thinking……it is something that I have faced and felt for most of my life and continues to this very day.  In the last 9 or so months it has been…

Stigma – even worse when it is family…

WARNING: this post contains material that some may find upsetting and confronting, if you feel depressed and unsafe, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 All who live with a mental illness experience some form of stigma whether it is in the workplace, from friends, colleagues or complete strangers. It doesn’t matter who it is…

Slideshow…..

WARNING:  this post contains material that some may find upsetting Nd confronting, if you feel depressed and unsafe, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 The last 24 hours have been extremely hard for me and it was not something I expected by seeing, hearing and reading about someone else’s tragic death.  Australia woke to…

Its too hard to know me……

From my experience of working and being around people who don’t understand mental illness or who put up the stigma barriers so that I am faced with bullying and discrimination because I have depression I have learnt in the last couple of years to be rather silent. While I can write about my experience because…

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…

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…

A world of silence for the mentally ill…….

“Some of the most extraordinary people I have ever met are suffering from some form of a mental illness. Their pain forces them to be honest. It doesn’t get any clearer than that.” – Helen Perry When I read this quote from Helen Perry I wondered if it was in fact true, that do people…