I will be the voice of those who no longer have their own voice…..

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 Every year twice as many people die from suicide as the road toll, tens of thousands more attempt to take their own life. The leading cause of death for Australians…

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…

Crossroads – Rethinking the Australian Mental Health System – 10 March 2014

The ReachOut Foundation in collaboration with EY recently released its second report on mental in Australia, which highlights the need for Australia to urgently change the mental health system to be more efficient and to avoid becoming economically unsustainable. The report recommends that the mental health system needs to move towards a stepped care framework…

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…

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…