Are You More Aware? #DCfC

Are You More Aware? #DCfC

Towards the end of March I went through a pretty major medication change for my mental health.  By the first week in April I was thinking more clearly than I had in probably a year, maybe longer.  One evening I was sitting on the couch watching television with my husband when all of a sudden I had this idea!  Could I host a guest series for the month of May all about mental health awareness?  May IS mental health awareness month, and I AM passionate about promoting education and awareness in regards to mental health.  So, I hopped online to consult my blog sister, Lizzi, and see if she thought it was a viable concept.  She did!  But then I thought, who do I ask to write for me?  It was already April, was I giving my potential writers enough time to put something together?   Continue reading

I’m Fucked Up and I Own It | Sarah Fader #DCfC

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My final guest for mental health awareness month is founder and CEO of the NPO – Stigma Fighters, Sarah Fader.  Sarah shows us that despite our flaws and our ‘crazy’ we are all beautiful.

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How To Love | Ra Avis #DCfC

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When discussing mental health it is important to understand many points of view, which is why this series has focused on varying individual mental health issues.  My guest today is Ra Avis, who explains what it’s like to love someone living with depression.

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Days of Pain | Peter Leske #DCfC

Peter Leske is my guest today & he’s changing things up a little for us.  He expresses his struggle with depression and anxiety through poetry.

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They’re Just Medications | Kimberly Morand #DCfC

Today’s ‘Fight With Us | #DCfC’ guest, Kimberly, gives us a positive perspective on mental health and how we need not be ashamed of taking medication for a medical ailment.  Please welcome Kimberly.

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Medicated Madness | Nicole Lyons #DCfC

I am honoured to present my next guest, Nicole Lyons.  Nicole gives us insight as to why we have to be our own advocates in mental health and what can happen if we aren’t vigilant and active in our treatment plans.

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Why I’m Done With the Mental Health Profession | Vince Berryman #DCfC

As I introduce my next guest, I also warn you, Vince’s story is a harrowing one.  There is no sugar-coating what Vince has been through and how the mental health system has failed him.

This is Vince’s story.

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He Is A Killer | HastyWords #DCfC

Please open your hearts and minds for our ‘Fight With Us | #DCfC‘ guest today, HastyWords.  She is brave enough to open up about her battle with depression and share some of that experience with you here.

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The Things She Says | Lizzi Lewis #DCfC

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Join me in welcoming my first guest in the ‘Fight With Us | #DCfC’ series for mental health awareness, Lizzi Lewis.  This courageous piece gives us a rare glimpse into the debilitating mental illness commonly known as anorexia nervosa.

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Fight With Us | #DCfC

Fight With Us | #DCfC

Mental illness is a plague in our society that knows no bounds.  It cannot be ignored.  Pretending it does not exist will not make the diagnoses disappear.  It rages on, inflicting its wrath on hundreds of millions worldwide and does not discriminate against age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or income.  Despite its overwhelming prevalence, there is a significant lack of funding for research.  Treatments and medications are outrageously expensive and those afflicted are often treated as lepers by the rest of society.  There are a plethora of diagnoses categorized as mental illnesses but rather than distinguish between them anyone with a mental illness is often labeled as ‘crazy’.  This is not a new phenomenon and while there have been vast improvements in regard to societal and medical understanding of mental illnesses in the past fifty years, there is a long road ahead paved with ignorance and stigmas.  This must end.  
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