Enough – It’s Time to End the Shame, Fear and Stigma of Mental Illness

Enough – It’s Time to End the Shame, Fear and Stigma of Mental Illness

When I started writing about PTSD and depression, I had three reasons. Firstly, because it was cathartic. It was a way for me to raise things with Kara*, my psychologist, that I knew I was never going to just broach in conversation. I've always been more comfortable on paper than in person, so this was [...]

Love is Everything, Part 2 – Sexuality, Acceptance and Mental Health

Love is Everything, Part 2 – Sexuality, Acceptance and Mental Health

The no-sex thing has never really been that big a problem. What has made things difficult is that I’m still capable of physical attraction and emotional connection. Love, in other words. After all, love is not sex and sex is not love. They’re two completely different things. As a society, we’re completely fine with sex [...]

Close to Home – When the Victim Reminds You of Someone You Love

Close to Home – When the Victim Reminds You of Someone You Love

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. On a bitterly cold day in May 2015, a resident of a local beachfront property was standing at one of his windows when he noticed something unusual washed up on the shore. He walked down to the beach to find it was a man, drifting at [...]