What needs to happen before mental illness in Australia is a priority….

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 We all, who live with a mental illness, have been through an experience where we haven’t been able to access, or been able to afford a mental health service. We…

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…

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…

My commitment to Mental Health

“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.” I was…

My journey is not all rosey……

WARNING:  Some of the contents of this post may be confronting and upsetting, if you feel depressed and need assistance, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636. I think I have given the wrong impression to some.  Yes I am starting to recover, but every day is a…

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…

Forgiveness, acceptance and moving forward….

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been different, it’s accepting the past for what it is, and using this moment and this time to move forward.” – Oprah Winfrey We always hear people say “forgive and forget”, but is it that simple, can we really accept our past for what…

Divorce not just from a husband…..

If going through separation and then divorce with a toddler and severe depression isn’t enough to live with, the divorce you suffer from family, friends, and work colleagues is enough to send anyone into complete darkness, into a vast maze where there is no escape, over a cliff that plunges you down a rock face…