Together to Live: Youth Suicide Prevention Done Right

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I used to think experiences were either good or bad – daisies or bruises – but I’m learning that sometimes they can be both. I have a lifetime of experience with suicide, but today that felt like an asset thanks to the Together to Live conference put on by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Last night … Read More

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Great News for My Winter Survival

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Oh my goodness, I am so excited! I want to tell you everything all at once, but no, I need to tell you the whole story for you to feel its impact and its overall awesomeness. Two weeks ago I was in complete turmoil. Someone in London’s mental health community had sent me information about a job they thought I … Read More

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Art Show Inspiration

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My critical writer voice gets louder and harsher as the dates pile up between my entries on Daisies and Bruises. The less I write, the more ideas I have, and the more I reprimand myself for not writing. There are so many rules I’m learning about writing an effective blog, but sometimes I feel like the most important part of … Read More

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Macaroni: Spotted in Real Life

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It happened. Just like a dream, except real. The Universe delivered me a pearl of hope in my favourite sports car. No one has approached me since my recent post where I asked you to say hello if you saw me in public. The incentive for you to say hello was an offer of a free Daisies and Bruises button from … Read More

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The “Be Safe” App

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The “Be Safe” smart phone app is out! It’s the end product of a year-long process involving mindyourmind, youth volunteers (including me!), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and other members of the Systems Improvement Through Service Collaboratives across Ontario. Be Safe is the app I helped present at the Systems Improvement Through Service Collaborative conference a few weeks … Read More

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Systems Improvement Through Service Collaboratives: My Two-Day Conference Experience

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I just returned home from a whirlwind trip into Toronto to attend the Centre of Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)’s knowledge exchange event on Systems Improvement Through Service Collaboratives (SISC). In other words, it was a two-day conference with the biggest and most influential mental health heroes from Ontario, and I was invited as a volunteer to share my story … Read More

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Speaking Up

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It’s hard to follow up a post like my last one. Although I don’t regret sharing my experience in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit with you, I still wonder about it being on the internet for the whole world to see. Although I believe there are people out there in the community who do not stigmatize mental illness, I know … Read More

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Hearts Bursting & Secrets Spilled

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For as far back as I can remember, I have felt such intensity of emotion that my heart breaks and rebuilds itself a thousand times each day. Remember in the classic Grinch movie, how the Grinch’s heart was two times too small? And then later it grows so large that it breaks out of its frame? That’s my heart at … Read More

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Meeting George Stroumboulopoulos: Part Two

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In case you missed Meeting George Stroumboulopoulos: Part One, I was invited along to the mindyourmind interview with the Canadian radio/tv star George Stroumboulopoulos on Friday, but I almost didn’t go. I was having a bad day and felt like staying at home and hiding from the world. Instead, I just made myself go because you can’t have great experiences if … Read More

ErinMeeting George Stroumboulopoulos: Part Two

Meeting George Stroumboulopoulos: Part One

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This time Friday morning I was bawling. I’d decided to try writing morning pages, after picking up Julia Cameron’s legendary book, The Artist’s Way. In short, free writing three pages every morning is supposed to clear your mind of your self-criticism and open your mind to its creative channels. So I did that yesterday, and somehow all the positive feelings … Read More

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