Tag: advice

My Dad Died By Suicide But He Did Not Commit Suicide

What people are saying when a person “commits” suicide, is reinforcing that they are criminals or perhaps something else judgemental.
But there is no crime in suicide and the only judgment should be as to why the person was left to feel that their life needed to end.

Why is the crime caused by the victim and not the events that led to their demise? Is this another way for society to victim blame?

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[Guest Post] Recovery Is Not Linear: Say It Again, And Again, And Again

We know that we will face setbacks with our mental health. Bad days, bad weeks, meltdowns, major episodes…they’re almost inevitable.

We know that our mental illnesses will change over time, as we ourselves and our circumstances change.

The Revolving Door Of Mental Health Care

I remember my first trip to the doctor, at least, this was the first time I had spoken to a doctor about my mental health. I was 14, anxiety had taken over my life at this point but I did not know what anxiety was. Or what mental health was

Halloween Isn’t Exactly Anxiety Friendly

My lights will be off and ill hide in the dark because the idea of a stranger on my door seems just as dangerous as if it was Jason. The truth is I do not know these people, I can’t assume they are safe, or that I will be safe if I open that door. 

[Guest Blog] Finding The Best Therapy (And Therapist) For You

[TW] I’m standing on a bridge in my local park listening to water rush beneath my feet, it is summer 2009 and I don’t have a care in the world. The bridge is a main connecting point in the park for other walkways, striding over with intent I’m confronted by

Becoming An Adult – With Mental Illness

I am not independent, in fact, I think I am the most dependent adult you’d meet. At 21 years old I made the first ‘adult’ step and moved out of the home of my mother. It was a very quick and last moment decision and I don’t regret it. It’s

Behind The Platfrom

I never intended to make a name for myself or live outside of the shadows that I am all so used too. Yet, here I am, lucky enough to spend every day and waking moment trying to use my platform to try to do good; to help others. It still

The Health Benefits Of Volunteering

Volunteering was probably one of the most unappealing things that I could think of growing up. I never understood why you would sacrifice your time, your actual life, for free? Surely there was no benefit? Even the experience didn’t appeal to me, it just sounded like when a salesman tries

[Guest Blog] Life After My First Bipolar Episode

Today, I feel normal… so normal that I might just cry. To someone who has no personal ties to a mood disorder, this statement may seem odd, even bizarre. Why would someone be so emotional about feeling just “okay”? Here’s the thing: for the past four years, I have constantly

Long Term Mood Swings & Alter Egos

What is it about the term ‘mood swings‘ that makes us believe that the only possible situations in which these occur are during a girls period, pregnancy or if a person is bipolar? I’m just gonna say it, this is not the case. Even without mental illness, mood swings can

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