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…

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…

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…

I am not ‘crazy’, I have a mental illness

The stigma attached to mental illness has been influenced by the media, crime, television dramas, and the people in our community that label anyone who isn’t ‘normal’, physically or mentally. These labels are an inaccurate, uneducated perceptions of people who suffer a disease, illness, or disability. the result causing discrimination, bullying, mistreatment, and exclusion, all…

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…