Help Is Hope: Support This Blog

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What’s the difference between a breakdown and a breakthrough? Whatever it is, I’m having one. It hurts a lot. But I think…I think the difference between a breakdown and a breakthrough is what you do with the pain. I keep trying to post this – I have since December – but the pressure keeps building in the form of good … Read More

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Dear Younger Self: We Have Two Lives

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Dear younger self, I am learning that there are two lives we have to work with. The first one is the one we sculpt from the moment we learn to talk, the life we plan to have. Mine was incredible: My plan was to have a book published by the age of fourteen (which I later bumped up to twenty-one). … Read More

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I Wrote a New Zine & So Did Digby!

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Is anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed right now? I think we all are. There is so much to stress about during the holiday season and it’s really affecting me. A lot of people this time of year buy presents for their friends and loved ones, but if you don’t have much money, it can be hard to know what … Read More

ErinI Wrote a New Zine & So Did Digby!

Why I Cannot Give Personal Advice Over Email

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I WANT TO HELP YOU. Every single one of you. I want to help every person on the planet because every person on the planet deserves help. And this world, it’s a giant ball of pain. And I am so fortunate. I’ve had access to many forms of mental health treatment. I’ve always had a doctor (if not the best … Read More

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The Sick & The Well

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Little is more important to a writer than hearing someone say, “I read your work.” Today, four separate people came up to me to praise my blog, my writing, my truth. With each comment I felt like I was going to burst into tears of gratitude or tackle that person with a giant hug. These four people came from youth … 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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Do I Deserve to Feel Better?

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This morning I talked with my psychiatrist about whether I deserve to feel better. We were talking about increasing my one antidepressant, and the idea of changing my mood, even for the better, scares me a little. Change is scary! Obviously, my psychiatrist feels that I deserve to feel better. But my mental health is in my hands more than … Read More

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When it’s Hard to Reach Out

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I wish I could reach out to at least one of you when I’m in a crisis. I know it’s hard for you, my friends and family, to receive my call from the Emergency room, but that’s how these things play out for me. After twelve years of suicidal feelings, I still feel ashamed to ask for help, and the … Read More

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Thank You!

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In my last blog post I wrote about being desperately broke yet needing money to renew our domain name, remove ads from the site, and then pay off my zine photocopy expenses. I spoke of saving up for a laptop with any extra money so that I can write blog posts on the go. I was so shocked by your … Read More

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My Favourite Mental Health Books

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Why do I write when I could become a therapist and earn a steady pay cheque? Because before speaking to any therapist about anything, I go to the library. Books are my number one therapist. I was probably the only student in the  history of A. B. Lucas Secondary School to skip class to go to the public library. Once … Read More

ErinMy Favourite Mental Health Books