When you don’t belong…..

“The research shows we all want it. We all need it. So do your bit to help someone belong by starting a conversation today to make a difference.” – R U OK Day How many of us feel that they actually belong within their family, friendship group and workplace? Do you feel connected with these…

A day in the life…..

No two days are the same in my world of depression, bipolar and general anxiety disorder.  In any one day I can go through many different extremes from complete exhaustion that no amount of sleep can cure, depression that swallows me up like the ocean, anxiety that leaves me on tender hooks, and mania that…

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…

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…

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…

When anxiety hits…..

Along with severe depression, and Bipolar Disorder I have General Anxiety Disorder. Good old anxiety generated from the ‘flight or fight’ response, which way back when there were people living in caves it was a response to fear or threat. So in this day and age most anxiety is a result of us fearing something…

Connections and love – are they predictors of happiness?

“Feeling connected and loved are among the biggest predictors of happiness.” – Cassie Mogilner In this new world when social media, text messaging, and online gaming has taken over our social sphere I wonder about the concept of ‘connection’ as a predictor of happiness. With this new phenomena are we no longer connected as we…