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…

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…

My experience as psychiatric in-patient – A guest blog from Musings of the Misguided

It is my pleasure to introduce my guest blogger Tegan who writes ‘Musings of the Misguided’ where she talks about mental illness, parenting and everything in between. She hopes that by sharing her story and knowledge that she can do her part to help rid the world of stigma. Joining her on the journey is…

Writing has given me answers……

“Writing gave me a new confidence, a new face to the feelings which were hidden somewhere in me.  Adorning a piece of paper with my words was, and has always been a joyous experience for me.   With the help of writing, I found a new person in me – a brave person.  It has…

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…