Who Will Question The Stigma?

“She kicked the bucket because some people bullied her.” “He OD’ed again.” “They do that for attention.” “Of course they’re in rehab, they live in Hollywood!” I used to speak like that. They are words and attitudes so engrained into our Australian culture that it often seems harder to not say them than keep quiet […]

What It Really Means To Be Alive

Over the past 6 months, I have heard more stories than I could ever comprehend. They were stories of heartbreak, loss and grief; stories about people nearly giving up but choosing to hold on; stories about people wanting to help their friends. Many times these stories felt near too much for me to cope with. […]

The Art of Humanity

When we first saw Toby Allen’s ”Real Monsters” project, we were captivated by his unique drawing style, but also by his unusual—and uncanny—portrayal of mental illness as monsters. When we featured the illustrations on our Tumblr recently, they received a great response, and we decided to reach out to Toby to learn more about this though-provoking series and why it […]

I Need Other People

Of late, I have learnt the value of sharing my story and experiences in a healthy manner; this means sharing them with those I trust, not necessarily the entire world via the internet. This has been an invaluable lesson for me, as I am so prone to word vomit when I am feeling emotional. In […]

Depression: How to feel happy again

We all know the statistics and the ‘facts’ surrounding the mental illness known as depression. It is an increasingly common illness affecting up to 17% of people throughout their lives and is triggered by various circumstances which leave an individual feeling lonely, sad, tired and lost. After a two week period, these feeling become abnormal […]