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I Finally Met My Mom, Sober

I Finally Met My Mom, Sober

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” — John Wayne When I was twenty-two I got a call from my father early in the morning before work. He called to […]

Rehab Was My Home Away From Home

Rehab Was My Home Away From Home

Today I can say I am an acceptable, responsible and a productive member of society. My future is within reach because of the fundamentals I was taught at Inspirations. Today my parents have their daughter back. The little girl that had so many goals, dreams and aspirations is restored.

Depression: And The Switch That Might Turn It Off

Depression: And The Switch That Might Turn It Off

Could we “turn off” diseases like Parkinson’s or depression? A neurosurgery pioneer shows how he’s doing just that (the video clips of patients are particularly moving):

Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

I always knew I was different. I was a sensitive child. Some of my first memories consist of coming home from school and thinking about my day and all of the things I had done badly, incorrectly, or the ways in which I had failed to be the daughter my parents would love. As a […]

Backpacking to Heal Depression

Backpacking to Heal Depression

I’m a recovered depressive. Social anxiety was the root cause. I recovered by backpacking around Asia. When depression returned a few years later, this time caused by financial hardship, I again recovered, by hiking across Spain. If you have a depressed mood or clinical unipolar depression, with similar underlying causes, then it is highly likely […]

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 […]

Body Image: Women Are Dying To Be Thin

Body Image: Women Are Dying To Be Thin

 

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.”

The Long Road Home- Addiction Recovery

The Long Road Home- Addiction Recovery

My story of recovery isn’t a new one, it’s just one of the many of us fighting our way out of the dark. I say the dark because I quite literally don’t remember years…about 12-14 to be exact, of my life. Recreationally I started using Xanax at about 18. I loved it. It made me […]