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Why Be A Life Model? The Personal Adventure

*Please note: As of June 2014 I no longer work as a life model or offer private life modelling tuition.* Each time I de-robe to present my body to an artist, I recall why I started life modelling in the first place. I think it’s that first kiss of cool air in places rarely public […]

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Burning Man Festival Performance

<!– On 24th July 2014, I presented at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth, Western Australia about my recovery from attempted suicide. This was a special milestone for me – speaking publicly about my attempt and also proposing steps to recovery that others could integrate into their life. I discuss the role of The Suicide […]

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Photographer: Shami Kiely, Caveboy Studio

Mental Health Care Revolution: Feel it!

I entered a competition called Are You A Messenger? My compelling message was based on promoting more heart and soul in mental health care. This video was inspired by discovering that ketamine (a horse tranquilizer) has been claimed to revolutionise mental health care – an option I feel is unnecessary when we have so many […]

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CREATIVE ARTIST: How Poetry Helps Our Mental Health

When spoken word poet, Jessie Giles, announced that she was leaving Facebook, I hunted her down with a WHY? Here is a passionate poet who always has something of value to say. A beautiful young woman with the unique ability to show up society with the delicacy of a calligraphy pen, JG speaks candidly about […]

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The Babyfacedassassin on The Asking of the Help

I write about it as though it were a yoga pose, an art form, a gesture of love. I rabbit on about it because it’s always at our disposal and ready to be activated, although, for fear of judgement, we cast it aside. I’m a huge fan of The Asking of the Help. I’d say […]

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SACRED ARTISTS: The Pilgrimage to Burning Man Festival

I went to Burning Man Festival to launch my first book. Three days later, I burnt the book, along with a symbolic decade of hardship and psychological tumult. It’s that kind of festival. It calls forth the ‘meaningful’ within a chaotic circus of post-modern mayhem. Black Rock City is the week-long social experiment that pools […]

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CREATIVE ARTIST: Healing through Music

It was Damen Samuel who said, ‘I think everybody knows on an unconscious level what’s good for them and it’s about bringing that to the forefront of their minds.’ When I asked Damen Samuel about what he thought was good for him, we entered into an unassuming conversation about Depeche Mode, the magic potion of […]

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When Winter Blues Need Not Be SAD

Winter is the perfect time for me to relax into depression and appreciate how Mother Nature beautifies an often misrepresented state of being. Admittedly, I keep my Winter Blues under my skivvy because I’m trying to keep up with society. But in this blog I want to pay homage to the gravity that envelops me […]

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A Life Model’s Perspective on the DSM 5

If there was ever an opportunity for me to disrobe in the name of something other than art, it would be in protest of the latest DSM 5. I doubt I’d be the only one to do so and I’m delighted to read about mental health workers who are actively retaliating. So the DSM 5 […]

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Women’s Mental Health: Pre-menstrual, Pre-moontime, Pre-turtles

Hosting a website about depression and not writing about a woman’s menstrual cycle, would be akin to watching TV with the sound off. Moods and hormones are inextricably linked – that’s common knowledge and women’s business. Since all my adult life has been focussed on optimising my mental health, the phases of my reproductive cycle […]

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