Denial, killer beliefs and a secret weapon

Yes, you guessed it.

Or maybe you didn’t.

Either way, it’s another guest post by yours truly.

I am honoured to have my story included on the Wounded Warrior: a blog advocating for CSA.  It is authored by Jan, who has written and published his story–one of the few books out there written by a male survivor of CSA.

I do try to include a different take and new lessons in each of my guest appearances that ask for my story.  This piece is no different and after a bit of back story, focuses on my latest learning about how important it is to focus on understanding and healing the shock to our body after trauma.

Please take a few minutes to check-out my guest post Denial, Killer Beliefs and a Secret Weapon.

Thank you and much love,


Wisdom: A video interview with Denny

You will find the full version of this post here.

…just because you have mental health issues doesn’t mean you are any less of a person or can’t do things like anyone else. ~ Denny

Denny is a mental health survivor.  She experiences schizoaffective disorder and depression.

She decided to do this interview with me so she could share her experiences and insights to help others.

In this interview, Denny discusses:

  • the misunderstanding around mental illness and how she combats the stigma
  • the insights she has to offer others on feeling alone
  • what she does when she sees and hears things that aren’t real
  • putting help from the medical professional into perspective
  • the practices she uses to stay connected and care for herself
  • suicide

Like usual, this video interview can be found where Mental Health Talk resides in full technocolour.  So to watch this short interview, please visit

While you are there, I would love to hear from you in the comments re your feedback on this interview.  And please “like” and “share” the interview if you are feelin’ the vibe.

As always, thank you. 


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I want to share something pretty awesome with you today!

Last week, fellow Partners for Mental Health Community Correspondent, Casey, started an amazing campaign – #IAM.
First of all, in case you don’t remember.. Casey is 16 years old. SIX. TEEN.
At sixteen, Casey was changing the world. What the heck was I doing at sixteen?

Anyway, I digress.

Here’s the details for #IAM that I directly from the website:

#IAM is created for people who are affected by mental illness directly or indirectly. We want to help end the stigma that comes with mental illness along with creating awareness and educating society on what it’s really like to suffer. Our main goal is to get people to open up and tell their story about mental illness. 

One in every three news stories about mental illness are about crime and murder. We want to show society that not everyone with a mental illness is violent and homicidal. We want to give hope and strength to our viewers. 

We love fireworks. The stigma that comes with having a mental illness is the black, white and grey in life. Even in brain scans, a person who suffers with depression has a darker and more shawdowed brain than those without. Fireworks represent the strength to reach the sky and immense amounts of color. We want to show our viewers that recovery is possible and that we all have a firework inside of us, bursting with color. 

#IAM wants to get people to share their stories, pledge for better services, speak out against stigma, and believe that mental illness includes recovery, strength and even color. 

It’s simple to help us color the world. Simply take a picture of yourself, or take a small five-second video clip holding a sign saying #IAM… (with up to four positive words about yourself) then send it to us at You can also send us a tweet, post on our Facebook wall, or send us who you are on tumblr. 

We would love to hear from you and appreciate it if you spread the word!

Give Casey’s project a glance and help spread the word 🙂

Taking off my mask

Written by: Sara Goguen


The first time I remember feeling depressed, I was around nine years old.

I can’t remember an exact instance, but I remember not wanting to participate in life activities – such as school and all of my extracurricular things, such as swimming, Girl Guides, piano lessons, playing with friends, etc.

I can distinctly remember my Mom asking me one day what was wrong. I felt so ashamed and I didn’t want her to keep asking, so I put a smile on my face and struggled through the day…

Sara from shares her story of taking off the mask concealing her depression and the surprising responses she received from others.  As usual, this is just a snippet of where the actual posts lives at  Please click on the link to read the rest of the post and I encourage you to share your experience with masks while you’re there.  Thank you.

Rebelling against my rebellious nature

Written by regular contributor: David Templin

I like to think of myself as a rebel.

The image of a rebel is a very positive one for me. It represents courage, spontaneity, idealism, creativity and freedom. Those are all qualities I would like to incorporate into my life. Yet, as I mature in my middle age, I realize all good things are better in moderation.

I know, that doesn’t sound very rebellious! Let me try to explain where I am coming from.

For several years I was suffering from work related anxiety. I was finding my job boring and stressful at the same time. All things work related were becoming a source of anxiety for me.

Here is a list of some of the work related things that caused me anxiety:

  • Deadlines. I often felt deadlines were arbitrarily set before assessing how much work was involved. Deadlines started to represent failure. This was a constant source of anxiety for me.
  • Blackberry devices. Poor RIM, they have enough troubles without me piling more on. For me however, the Blackberry represented a very unwelcome intrusion on my personal life. 24 hour accessibility was an implied expectation of the job.
  • Schedules of all kinds. I found that my schedule was continuously being filled with status meetings to discuss why we were not on schedule. My suggestion of “maybe there are too many meetings” was always dismissed as an inappropriate answer.
  • Administrative routine. I found myself overwhelmed with the amount of administrative reporting I was required to complete. It was dull, repetitive and it kept me from the more satisfying aspects of my job.

To read more and see a cartoon strip David created based on his rebellious nature, please visit the original post at:  You may comment and share the post at this link… I would love to hear from you.  Thank you.