Newcomers Welcome

Newcomers Welcome

Last week I had a conversation with a woman on Facebook who misunderstood the intention of my previous┬áblog post. She took umbrage with the way I had described my own experience of mental illness and to be fair, I hadn’t prefaced the post with my diagnosis of...
How to Be There

How to Be There

The other day a dear friend of mine asked that I write something on how to be there for someone who is living with a mental illness. I’ve been having a hard time with my mental health recently and he said that he wanted to help but wasn’t sure of the best...
Dismantled Perfectionism

Dismantled Perfectionism

Before I had a baby I was an exacting perfectionist, which is a quality that can be as detrimental as it is productive. It compels one to work hard and strive for the best, but it can often turn inwards and become overly critical when things are, inevitably, not...
The Birthday

The Birthday

Today would have been my Dad’s 76th birthday. I’ve recently written about how painful I find my grief, even after 4 and a half years. I keep waiting for it to get easier and it just doesn’t. But today, I want to remember who he was and not only morn...
How it feels

How it feels

Anyone with a mental illness will probably be familiar with the well-meaning but misguided comments from friends, family and colleagues. People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have to listen to those without the condition saying that they’re ‘a bit...

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