Integrating Appropriate Representations of People with Mental Health Concerns into (Society/Research/Information)

“People with lived experience of mental health concerns can offer significant value, and provide equity to any group or organization that communicates with the public.” Recently, I was invited to co-present at the 2020 Canadian Mental Health Association’s National Conference, and, along with a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, spoke about my …

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Is Mandatory Mask-Wearing Masking Our Human Rights?

Divisiveness is what makes this world go ’round. We all need something to be against in order to strengthen our position “for”. As we move into another month of COVID-19 precautions, mask-wearing is a hot topic that is contributing heavily to the social divide, yet many opinions are uninformed and ignorant, leading to negative outcomes, …

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My Mother’s Story

So many adults don’t get the opportunity to talk to their parents about their relationship with each other, the good times, but also the bad, often because the parent has died. When my breakdown began and my (then un-diagnosed) illness was triggered, I had to step away from my family, specifically my mother and father. …

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Should I Take Three? Hoarding in The Time of COVID-19.

I wrote this poem at the beginning of the isolation, when toilet paper was incredibly scarce, and the panic was at one of its highest peaks. “Hoarding is a disorder that may be present on its own or as a symptom of another disorder. Those most often associated with hoarding are obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), …

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Tell Your Story – A Worksheet To Manage Anger & Anxiety

We all deserve a chance to be heard. I have ADHD and, as a result, my emotional regulation – the ability to control the expression of my emotions – is seriously compromised. I generally have a much stronger (louder, more visible) reaction to things than a neurotypical person would, and, because of that, it has …

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Too Young For Therapy

This article has been reprinted with permission from LadyAngrr.com   This piece is being presented using a basic timeline. My unedited thoughts below reflect my feelings at the times when I wrote them, and I hope that you’ll find it interesting and helpful to see them develop. BEFORE: I’m a parent with ADHD (Attention Deficit …

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Fitting In – How a shirt taught me a valuable life lesson.

I have a child under age 10. As a result, we have been through countless insulated water bottles for kids, all of which have a design flaw: their open/close spout mechanism is the first thing to fail. Whether it’s from overuse (needing to drink water every day) or a drop on a carpeted floor (true …

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Hair, there, everywhere.

I wrote this poem amidst my breakdown, when I’d find myself spending significant periods of time in front of my bathroom mirror, hunting for a small hair to pull out and distract me from the tornado of thoughts swirling around in my mind. I wondered why I was doing it, and this rhyme came to …

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