Hope in Fighting Depression

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I have a cool story for you about surviving my depression: A few days before Jackie arrived from HealthiNation to film me, I bustled around London, Ontario full of energy and excitement. I ran errands, cleaned my apartment, made crafts, and generally felt fantastic. On the walk home from my closest bus stop, I thought to myself, “This feels awesome! … Read More

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HealthiNation True Champions Video: Me and Depression

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A few weeks ago, Jackie, a producer from HealthiNation, flew from New York to film me as a “True Champion” of depression. For three days Jackie filmed my life. Chris from Toronto came up for one day to film the main interview while Jackie asked me questions. Then they each went home and I’ve lived frozen in fear, literally sick to my stomach thinking about … Read More

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The Spoon Theory and My Blog

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Have you heard about the Spoon Theory? Ever since my friend Inali linked me to it about a year ago, I talk about spoons all the time. I really recommend reading that post, so please check it out! Go read it. In short, spoons are a metaphor for units of energy. When you have depression or another illness or disability, … Read More

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Great News for My Winter Survival

ErinLife Events, Local Events, The Big Picture11 Comments

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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You Matter and There is hope

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Sometimes I cross paths with another person when I’m out in the world, and they make an impression on me. For a fleeting instant, I see something in their eyes or their actions that tells me that they are in pain. It often happens on the days that I’m feeling a lot of pain. I never know the stranger’s circumstance, … Read More

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The Full Weight of Depression

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To someone who doesn’t know what depression is like, I think of those heavy vests they put on you when you get an x-ray. It’s a weight that blankets your whole body that you have to wear everywhere you go, all the time. Depression can feel like it should be there. Like you deserve the weight you carry. It lets … Read More

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I Survived High School With Depression

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I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that school is starting soon for a lot of you. Surviving depression is almost as hard as surviving high school, and doing both at once requires what can feel like superhuman strength. With your upcoming school days in mind,  I went through a box of photos at my parents’ house last week, … Read More

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Macaroni: Spotted in Real Life

ErinLocal Events, The Big Picture13 Comments

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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Can it be Healthy to Hate Your Life Sometimes?

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On Monday I wrote about changing your negative self-talk so that instead of hating your life you can focus on the things you like about your life. And rephrasing your thinking is important, but since writing that post I’ve started to wonder if maybe sometimes it’s actually healthy to hate your life. After writing that post I sat on my … Read More

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Planting Roots & Speaking Up: Your Story Matters

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The first time volunteered at mindyourmind office four years ago, involved me and some other volunteers playing the Reach Out game, where mental health questions are asked in a Jeopardy-style layout. I knew the answer to every single question but only contributed my voice to the discussion a few times. I left the mindyourmind office feeling so sad and self-loathing … Read More

ErinPlanting Roots & Speaking Up: Your Story Matters