I Needed to Know This

CateThere are some things that I think should be compulsory on the learning agenda of every child.  It would contribute considerably to the chances of that child arriving at adulthood with their mental health intact.  Of course, it’s easy for me to say. I don’t have children.  Right now I don’t even have fur-kids, but I was a child, and I know that if I had learnt some things earlier on in life it might have helped me in establishing my self-esteem and my sense of having a right to be on this planet.

I was eight years old when I came face to face with the school bully (or one of them).  I was walking home from my best friend’s house after playing with her after school. Continue reading

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Enlightenment Doesn’t Notice The Date

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Today has been designated World Mental Health Day by the World Health Organization.  And the theme of this day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.  And with no good segue, here is my own discussion on that, in two parts, unequal in length, alike in their importance.

Part the First

A Canvas Of The Minds was born with the express purpose of discussing mental health, of raising awareness every day, in the best way that we knew how: through the voices of many individuals dealing with mental illness. Continue reading

Mental Differences In Children (June ‘Let’s Talk About’)

RubySo there was no Let’s Talk About for May, I know.  There were a lot of behind-the-scenes things happening (wonderful bloggers added, site makeover, ideas germinating), and it simply didn’t happen.  So to make sure we have something to talk about this month, I’m writing this up.

You’ll notice I used the term “mental differences.”  For those of you who know me, or who have read my blog or this one for any length of time, you know that I have an ambivalent relationship with the term “mental illness,” and thus “mental differences” was born. Continue reading

To Out Thyself Or Not To Out Thyself

AlwaysThat is the question.

One of the nice things about having voices across the spectrum, people who have roles in all walks of life – personal and professional – is that we can really get some different input and perspective on the question about being open with our mental health diagnoses.  Is it so wrong to hide it from people? Continue reading