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This is what Charlotte has achieved in both verse and image. By putting it out there, publishing it, she has transformed her own struggles into a gift of sharing. It requires courage, the willingness to hold up the mirror to ones own fragility and vulnerability. In short, the willingness to express what it means to be human. Nothing left to lose is the starting point. And in accepting and expressing it, so much is regained. Thank you Charlotte.                              – Arnold Zable, President of PEN international, human rights advocate and author

 

For much of my life I have struggled with depression, anxiety and self-acceptance and I decided I wanted to pursue alternative ways of managing and overcoming my struggles that didn’t involve prescription medication. On reading Charlotte’s Babyfacedassassin website I gained some tremendous insights and found myself saying “yes! this really speaks to me!” – Craig

I have been educated, moved and motivated by the work Charlotte is doing to increase awareness and empathy for mental illness. I believe there is powerful change being made through her efforts and I am so very thankful for her tireless dedication to this work. – Keren Flavell, TownHall Social

I think Charlotte is doing very important work with suicide. I too have faced the abyss on one very long dark night of the soul about 6 years ago. Still not sure how I got through it. Somehow the will to live was stronger but I know what it is to be consumed with doubt, self-loathing and a total loss of self-love. Charlotte is doing vital and deeply valued work. – Anon

I’m always moved by The Babyfacedassassin’s advocacy work in the mental health sector because it’s grounded in lived experience. Her work in promoting the sacred and healing arts, and how this has assisted in her recovery, clearly demonstrates the powerful benefits of venturing outside traditional medical psychiatric treatments. I think she balances this promotion well by recognising that at times, and for many, traditional medical treatments are also needed. – Eleni

Charlotte is a clear and inspiring voice in the field of mental health. Her insights and inspiring ideas about alternatives in mental health recovery are paving the way for transformation amongst individuals and organisations not only in the mental health field but the world at large. The world needs voices like Charlotte’s at this time, and it warms my heart to know she is out there and making positive change happen.  – Liam, Dance and Transformational Practitioner

A Blessing for Humanity

This is my creative and spiritual approach to sharing one of my favourite sacred arts with humanity – a blessing. When I was struggling to overcome depression in a psychiatric clinic, a woman offered me a blessing which had profound effects. Blessings are mood enhancing, life affirming and activate positive change.

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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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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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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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