Mental Illness and My Elephant of Shame

By Nichole Woo It’s risky, acknowledging an elephant in your psychiatrist’s office. So I looked the other way, pretending to ignore her toxic blend of humiliation and shame. I distracted myself with lies, instead: “I don’t belong here with THAT! This is for people who can’t do life, not me. The baby’s colicky. That’s why […]

My Story Isn’t Over Yet

By Shaley Hoogendoorn | Instagram:@messybeautywithshaley To watch Shaley’s full video, click here. Below is an edited transcription. Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video. If you are struggling with any mental health issues, we hope you will reach out and seek professional help.  Several months ago I got a tattoo with my very best friend. She was the […]

You Are Not Alone in Mental Illness

I was bullied, from Grade 6 through to the middle of Grade 11. There was a group of guys who made it their mission to make my life hell. They told me I was ugly and stupid and that no one liked me, and no one would ever love me. They said it every single […]

A Mild Case of the Januarys

By Shaley Hoogendoorn | Instagram:@messybeautywithshaley TRIGGER WARNING: The following post contains topics about mental health matters and eating disorders. If you are struggling with any mental health issues, we hope you will reach out and seek professional help. To watch Shaley’s full video, click here. Below is an edited transcription. Email subscribers, please click through to the website to watch the video.  […]

Mental Illness Cannot Contain Me

By Shaley Hoogendoorn | Twitter: @shaleyhoogs  Seven years ago I found myself in the emergency psych ward. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1. To me it was actually not all that surprising. I have struggled my whole life with depression and anxiety. I have very high highs and very low lows. So high […]