Posts tagged suicide

Healing Through Dance: Trauma and Depression

Healing Through Dance: Trauma and Depression

Not everyone feels things the same way. Those of us with depression often feel numb. Other times they feel the pain of ten knives cutting through them.

Don’t Give Up- Accepting Mental Illness

Don’t Give Up- Accepting Mental Illness

I had my first psychotic episode at the tender age of 17. The world seemed to come together and fall apart simultaneously. On reflection it’s difficult to pin point what had triggered this incredible reaction. Earlier that year I had been on tour in Japan promoting a peer counselling education programme that supported students being […]

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: Self Care Checklist

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: Self Care Checklist

Having a mental illness is sometimes a life long battle. You will feel alone, you will be judged, and you will doubt yourself. Others will tell you that you are fine, that nobody has it perfect, and that nobody is normal. The fact that you have learned coping strategies and that you piece together a […]

John Oliver Is Furious About The Appalling State Of Our Mental Health Services

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According to John, all we have done to help the mentally ill is: “nothing, not anything, very few things, not much, and prison.”

My Recovery Story

My Recovery Story

The end of last month marked the one year anniversary of the worst time of my life. One year ago, I decided that life was not worth living. One year ago, I gave up completely. One year ago, I ended up in the hospital where I was sure I would die. But something amazing happened. […]

My Recovery From Self-Injury

My Recovery From Self-Injury

Recovery means many different things to many different people.  It’s a very difficult and personal journey. Not everyone is strong enough to realize they need help, let alone know what to do once they get it.  You often hear people speaking about a place called “Rock Bottom.” The consensus is that to help yourself, you […]

Triumphant Over Trauma- Walking Down the Borderline

Triumphant Over Trauma- Walking Down the Borderline

I spent most of my childhood nights in my hallway floor waiting for my fears to turn into a reality. As a child; I spent most of my time afraid and unsure of the world and everyone it. I always feared something bad was going to happen to me. One day I decided I was […]

Waddle On

Waddle On

When people ask me to “share my story,” my first thought is to question whether I have a story to tell. My second reaction is to think my story is a cliche. Despite these doubts, however, something happened to me to make me different, so it must be significant, and talking about it may help […]

A Journey Through a Paramedic’s Eyes

A Journey Through a Paramedic’s Eyes

My mental health symptoms started very young. I remember being in grade school telling my mom that I felt ‘weird’, and I would tear my room apart in anger and frustration when the only response I would get as to why I was having these feelings was, ‘it’s your hormones’. I felt lost and like […]

Jay’s Story- A First Responder’s Experience With PTSD

Jay’s Story- A First Responder’s Experience With PTSD

A very special thanks to CMHA for conducting the interview and covering this extremely important issue. “I think of my mental health like an ocean. I envision the levels of the sea to navigate where I’m at. When I’m in my darkest hour, I’m sucked under the ocean floor. And at my best, I’m sitting on […]