The weather is a common trigger for people with mental health difficulties. For some, summer can be really tough as it means wearing short sleeves, or overheating in long ones; it means more social activities, and longer days. For some, winter is really tough. I know my mental health is worse in winter; I feel trapped by the snow, the cold makes my scars hurt, … Continue reading Mental illness and the Weather – Coping with the changes
Ever since I was little, I was surrounded by information and news and discussions around physical health and physical illness. I heard about diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, weight loss, weight gain, an endless list. Why did I never hear these same discussions being had about mental health and mental illness? Continue reading A letter to all of those suffering in silence
Stigma against people who use drugs (PWUD) has been surprisingly common in my experience as an occupational therapy student….(Trigger Warning) Continue reading Stigma against people who use drugs
We all have them. So let’s not be afraid to share our true selves, Continue reading The Scar Movement
Ever had a thought that would not go away. A thought that started to control your life and how you looked at your self and others? Continue reading Challenging Thoughts
Being in a relationship with someone who has BPD is hard. It requires a lot of thinking on your feet. A lot of open communication and forgiveness on both sides.
I frequently get angry at my husband when he says or does something that is triggering for me. It takes a lot of trial and error to work out those triggers. It takes understanding that “silly triggers” such as him “slamming the microwave door” can send me into the flight, fight or freeze mode. In these situations, my husband and I use this framework to know what to do next. I have also sent this framework to several loved ones so they too are knowledgeable in helping someone in distress. Continue reading My distress checklist for Carers, Partners, Family and Friends
On numerous occasions, we have been told to leave the premises, which is against laws protecting people with a service dog.
To raise awareness of the discrimination that is occurring and reduce this from occurring, I am asking business owners to partner with OTforBPD and join The Welcomed List. Continue reading Service dog’s Welcomed
The updated * Showering with depression, disability and trauma. With downloadable resource guide for clinicians and consumers. Continue reading Showering with Depression, Trauma and Pain
This is an open letter to colleagues far and wide, in the UK and across the pond. With an estimated 1 in 4 adults having a diagnosable mental health condition, chances are not only will a portion of your caseload have a mental illness, but there’s odds that so will some of your colleagues. I am 1 in 4. You would think that, given our … Continue reading Occupational Therapy and the PD Stigma
Waiting to die in the waiting room Continue reading The emergency crisis for the mentally ill