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My Love/Hate Relationship With Stigma

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My Love/Hate Relationship With Stigma

Stigma. The sound of that very word strikes anger in many of us burdened with mental health challenges. It also, unfortunately, strikes fear in...

Nov 6, 2019

I am proof

Hello my name is Heidi , and I am a mental health advocate. I have dealt with mental health issues most of my life, starting as a teenager. Starting in...

Oct 9, 2019

My PTSD: earned with distinction

The wider world around us is rich with the potential for danger and destruction and like an animal in the wild, I am...

Oct 2, 2019

Men, we have a problem

Men, we have a problem. A deep seeded, long standing practice of remaining silent about our mental health. This “tough guy” facade is killing us. Therefore, we owe it to everyone...

Jun 26, 2019

Man up On Mental Illness: The silence of men

To recognize mental health month in the U.S., I have decided to write about the silence...

May 22, 2019

PTSD and the startle response

I am lucky, every morning when I open my eyes to greet a new day I do so with a blank slate. I...

Apr 24, 2019

The many mountains and valleys

My mental wellness journey has been fraught with challenges that have brought my life to a halt at times. I believe that it all...

Mar 20, 2019

Broken, scarred but still enough

Growing up, I felt like an outsider. I was shy and socially awkward, lacked self confidence and worth and was bullied from a...

Aug 15, 2018

Fences, Pills and Possibilities

The other night I picked up the refill of my prescription for an anti-anxiety medication that I've been on for several years. There...

Apr 17, 2018

Do You Hear It?

Where you hear a washing machine with an uneven load, I hear the rattling of a diesel engine. When you hear sirens pass-by, I remember back-up that’s too far...

May 25, 2017

I live in black or white

I was once a strong, motivated woman, and according to my friends, people looked up to me. I say « according to my friends »...

Apr 20, 2017

I’m deserving

If you look up phobia in the dictionary you’ll be informed that it's an irrational fear. People who somehow make it through life without experiencing trauma seem to think...

Jan 19, 2017