The Grinch Can’t Steal Our Hope

ErinBlog Maintenance, Emergency14 Comments

Between the words of encouragement, to donations, to love pouring out at me from all angles since my last post, I feel like you have cushioned my fall. I still feel downright awful, but I am not alone because you are here. We are in this together. What we have here is stronger than depression. It is stronger than loss. … Read More

ErinThe Grinch Can’t Steal Our Hope

Good-Bye Smarch, Hello Smapril

ErinDay-to-Day Life9 Comments

Yay I’m writing!! *HUGS* It isn’t Smarch anymore, it’s Smapril, but you officially have my permission to add make up your own words (or steal from The Simpsons) until it stops snowing. Smarch sucked! And Smapril is off to a crappy start, but hey, we’re still here. Today’s post is all about finding the small things to keep you going … Read More

ErinGood-Bye Smarch, Hello Smapril

Celebrating 2015 & Having Hope for the Future

ErinThe Big Picture14 Comments

Raise your hand if 2015 went exactly as planned. Yeah, me neither! I was sure this was going to be MY year where I accomplished or at least set off on my biggest life dreams. Instead I spent 90% of the year on the couch with an ice pack on my head trying to balance my migraines alongside my mental … Read More

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Making Wishes to Fight Depression

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Sometimes all treatments for depression have their limits. Even when we’re doing all the things we can like exercising, eating well, taking our medication, going to therapy, hanging out with our pets, and doing self-care, we can still feel depressed and stuck. Lately, I’ve felt depressed and stuck and really fucking sick of winter. Honestly, why does winter start with … Read More

ErinMaking Wishes to Fight Depression

Hope in Fighting Depression

ErinSurvival, The Big Picture14 Comments

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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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

ErinThe Big Picture, Uncategorized9 Comments

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

ErinYou Matter and There is hope

Suicide Brings No Relief to Anyone

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**This post may be triggering because I talk openly about suicide. Visit my Help page for resources to help you or a loved one who is experiencing suicidal feelings.** Twelve years ago today my friend Darlene committed suicide. It was violent and horrible. I knew she was suicidal that night, but she had always taken herself to the hospital when … Read More

ErinSuicide Brings No Relief to Anyone

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

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

ErinLocal Events, The Mental Health System7 Comments

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

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