The not-so-social butterfly

Last month I facilitated an online forum with SANE Australia about socialising with a mental illness. It was an amazing way to connect with the community and talk about an important topic. It got me reflecting on my own social habits and how they change depending on my mental health status. Soon after, I started thinking about the term ‘social butterfly’. Social butterflies are those … Continue reading The not-so-social butterfly

My Holiday Hacks

The Holiday season is portrayed as a time of joy and togetherness. But for many of us the holidays can mean navigating a range of strained relationships and social anxieties. I spend the holidays with three families; my family, my partner’s dad’s family and my partner’s mum’s family. It can be extremely draining. It becomes difficult to manage self-care when everyone wants a piece of … Continue reading My Holiday Hacks

Guiding wannabee allies

Often it feels like a divide exists between those living with mental illness and the rest of the population. But really, mental illness touches the lives of us all in one way or another. As such, many want to be allies in the efforts to destigmatise mental illness but often don’t know how. This can lead to confusion, mis-steps and hurt feelings. We, as advocates, … Continue reading Guiding wannabee allies

Attention seeking

I have been called ‘attention seeking’ in the past for ‘always making everything’ about my mental illness. I’ve been told I am ‘obsessed’ with my mental illness and need to stop talking about it.  I know many others who have shared the same story of being called ‘attention seeking’ when mentioning their mental illness casually. The most common use of ‘attention seeking’ I have come … Continue reading Attention seeking

Thesis survival guide

Next week I am submitting my thesis (Woo!). At the start of the research journey, my Honours convenor gave us all a document titled ‘Honours survival guide’. Whilst immensely useful, it didn’t include any information about how to manage writing a thesis when you have a mental illness. So I decided to write my own survival guide for anyone else like me who was terrified … Continue reading Thesis survival guide