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The Babyfacedassassin’s Response to ‘What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital’

Dr Somé’s disconcerted face from under his little hat has looked my way everyday this week through Facebook messaging from on-the-pulse friends. How could I ignore a title: ‘What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital’? I didn’t know we still called them ‘mental hospitals’! And yet it seems our all-over-the-pulse friends from ‘Earth. We are one.‘ who publish a plethora […]

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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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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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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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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: 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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