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

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

‘Don’t joke about that’

Last week I attended the Mental Health Service Conference. If you haven’t already checked out my Instagram I highly recommend doing so to see my daily updates from the conference. One of the things I really wanted to speak about but didn’t get a chance to was the inclusion of stand-up comedy. This may seem odd for a conference but the first day was a consumer … Continue reading ‘Don’t joke about that’

Disclosing diagnosis

Making the decision to disclose your diagnosis can be quite challenging. There are lots of things to consider. Can I trust this person to keep this information private? Will they be disappointed? Will they be supportive? Will they treat me differently? This decision can be made even more difficult when it is made about professional relationships. On one hand being honest and open about your … Continue reading Disclosing diagnosis