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…

Depression has made me who I am…..

I often wonder where I would be, who I would be if I didn’t have depression, if depression hadn’t affected nearly all aspects of my life. Would I have found love differently in the beginning, that didnt result in so much physical and mental abuse, would I still have my family around me instead of…

We can only walk in our own shoes……

“Don’t worry about walking a mile in my shoes, just try a day thinking inside my head.” – Unknown If we could walk in each others shoes we would live a life not our own, we would see different experiences, know people we may never have met, feel things we haven’t, and may never feel…

Education as the power to change the world……

“Education is the most powerful tool which we can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela Mental illness is the fear of the unknown to most people. Not having any awareness of what mental illness is compounds the issues relating to the stigma attached to depression and other mental illnesses. The big unknown is…

The milky froth on the cappuccino….

B.F Skinner argued for half a century that all of mental life was mere epiphenomena, the milky froth on the cappuccino of behaviour. When you flee from a bear, this argument goes, your fear merely reflects the fact that you are running away, with the subjective state frequently occurring after the behaviour. In short, fear…

Reflection upon my teenage years…..

Today I found the poetry I wrote from my teenage years, not sure what inspired me to find them, but reading these poems certainly gave me a breadth of emotions to reflect upon.  From deep pain, anorexia, dreams of love, heartache, bullying, and extreme sadness and loneliness are the focus of many of these poems.…