This website is my gift to you.
It's a space to explore madness, trauma, emotional wellbeing, recovery and healing from the perspective of someone who's lived it.
Resources for mental health professionals
Why this blog shouldn't have been written.
I was mad for years. I was supposed to psychotic, unemployed and heavily medicated for the rest of my life.
But the psychiatrists were wrong.
I healed in spite of the mental health system. And my recovery was not about addressing a supposed chemical imbalance in my brain, or about getting rid of symptoms.
Instead, it was about making sense of my life, addressing the impacts of childhood trauma and finding my own power, truth and new ways to live with my madness.
Today I have an extraordinary life that I cherish. I’m a well paid and respected professional consumer advocate, speaker, writer and trainer. I’m sought out for my lived experience of madness, trauma and recovery.
And yes, some days I am still quite mad. Thank goodness.
About my blog articles
My blog shares personal stories and reflections on madness, trauma and recovery:
- The experience of being diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression & borderline
- Hearing voices, self-harm, extreme emotions & suicidality
- Uncovering the impact of childhood trauma
- Finding ways to heal that weren’t about pills
- What was helpful and harmful about mental health treatment
- Reflections on human rights in mental health systems
All blog articles | Trauma | Human rights | Memoir articles | Self-help | Recovery | Improving mental health practice
Most popular resources
What is trauma, and why does it affect people so differently?
Coping with distress so we can live to fight another day.
Anger, fear, shame and sadness can cripple our lives. But finding new ways to understand and respond to these emotions can free us from suffering.
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