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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

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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The Babyfacedassassin: A Messenger

You don’t need to be a musician to prove that music can uplift the soul, and evoke and express emotion. You don’t have to be a monk to extol the benefits of bringing awareness to the breath to calm the mind. And you don’t need to be a saint to experience miracles and epiphanies, however […]

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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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ONE BILLION RISING: Busting a Move to Bust Through Self-Harm

Dancing insists we take up space, and though it has no set direction, we go there together. Dance is dangerous, joyous, sexual, holy, disruptive, and contagious and it breaks the rules. It can happen anywhere, at anytime, with anyone and everyone, and it’s free. Dance joins us and pushes us to go further and that […]

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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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