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Storytelling Tales of Mental Health

What do storytelling, reverie and mental health all have in common? Enough to warrant unquestioned faith in the roles that stories play-out through our lives. Stories. They explain our befuddled musings and become vessels for sharing experience. They are not limited to language but are as expansive as photographers, musicians, dancers and clowns dare to […]

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Mental Health Activism: A Peaceful Yet Empassioned Path

Little did I know that an afternoon brainstorm, plotting out the campaign of my mental health activist project, would spin The Babyfacedassassin upside-down. A kind of frustrated brooding takes over when I consider how far we’ve strayed from our true nature when it comes to mental health care. I’m fortunate to have a team of […]

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From Dr Ernie to Dr Seuss: How Psychiatry Shaped My Life

Life after a ‘mental illness’ is not something Psychiatry promotes often. I think they’re pre-occupied with treatment plans and tempering crises, monitoring meds and moods, so this blog may read as a fairy-tale ending to a Life of Psy. I will also explain some of the challenges that come with moving on from a system […]

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Brother, Sister, Hear My Call (A Call to Arms)

This spoken word (video) is dedicated to anyone who experiences depressive spells, suicidal ideation and self-harming impulses. May we seek to understand each other better, each and every day.

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The Evolution of Suffering – Part 3: The Writing Retreat

For the past decade, each year has not gone by without, what I call, a Writing Retreat. Destinations have varied from the jungles of Mexico, WWOOFing farms, psychiatric clinics, the quietude of Canberra at my Godfather’s home, suburban Bungalow summers, undercover journaling on Vipassana, out-welcomed stays with my father, and, just recently, the precious, bushy […]

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The Evolution of Suffering – Part 3: le Retraite d’Écriture

For the past decade, each year has not gone by without, what I call, a Writing Retreat. Destinations have varied from the jungles of Mexico, WWOOFing farms, psychiatric clinics, the quietude of Canberra at my Godfather’s home, suburban Bungalow summers, undercover journaling on Vipassana, out-welcomed stays with my father, and, just recently, the precious, bushy […]

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The Evolution of Suffering – Part 2: The Hairy Path

I decided to ditch Ek’s reading list on the ‘present moment’ and pursue something a little more ‘here and now’. My suffering attitude  – it had to go before I could even face my own shadow – so I ditched it in favor of perspective, anew. I dived straight to the heart of what it […]

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The Evolution of Suffering – Part 1: On Eckart Tolle

I’d consider Ekhart Tolle a good buddy of mine but I can’t say I liked him upon first meeting. He highlighted the habitual way I referred to troubles of my mind,  ways that were limiting and disempowering.   It was Ek who bust through my self-imposed suffering when he wrote something along the lines of, […]

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