Becoming a Voluntary Patient

On May 2nd, 2017, I was finally discharged from extended leave after being on it for a year and a half. To outsiders, it may not seem like a big deal, but it made a world of difference for me. Being certified on extended leave took away the feeling of control for me. It felt … Continue reading Becoming a Voluntary Patient

Self Harm & Psychosis: Personal Experiences

*Trigger Warning for self-harm and psychosis experiences* Having struggled with self-harm since I was 13, I have done a lot of thinking about the topic. Why do we self-harm? What are the benefits? And what are the disadvantages? These are all great questions, but what I want to draw our attention to is actually a … Continue reading Self Harm & Psychosis: Personal Experiences

With one month left…

Autumn has approached us, seemingly abruptly, with the sudden shortening of days, and the virtually daily rain to remind us. Since we gained an extra hour turning our clocks back this past weekend, I thought I'd use this "extra time" to quickly bring us up to speed with the progress we've made this term. Support Group We've … Continue reading With one month left…

A Personal View of Life on Extended Leave

In light of the recent Supreme Court Charter challenge to involuntary psychiatric treatment under British Columbia’s Mental Health Act, I was prompted to reflect on my own situation as an involuntary patient living in the community. This challenge has sparked a lot of debate, with one side strongly supporting the challenge, while the other states the challenge is “misguided.” In … Continue reading A Personal View of Life on Extended Leave

Can you do your job safely?

“Hey, when are you free? I’d like to check-in with you.” That’s the message I got from a colleague of mine, with whom I volunteer. We normally don’t text each other at all, so I felt a little uncertain as to what it was about. Incidentally, I was in hospital for intrusive audible thoughts and … Continue reading Can you do your job safely?

Spring Forward

Daylight savings was a few weeks back, and with that came the blooming of cherry blossoms, later sunsets and the subsequent increase of time spent outdoors. It's been almost exactly a year since our last post, and with us springing forward, we thought we would start making more regular blog posts again. So what have we … Continue reading Spring Forward

And so it continues…

Time has a way of sneaking up on us, and in the blink of an eye (okay, maybe several blinks) we have approached the end of the school year. The following is a scientific reflection I wrote for my brain and behaviour course, PSYC 304. It is with bittersweet emotions that I part with PSYC … Continue reading And so it continues…

Connecting with our community

In early March, we met with UBC Counselling Services and presented SHARE to their team. I initially introduced SHARE to a previous counsellor when I reconnected with her to learn more about the field of social work and her experience in the profession. To my delight, she was more than happy to meet with me … Continue reading Connecting with our community

“Jacked Up”

The Jack Summit was more than a month ago, and it's taken me all of March to figure out how to do this whole audio editing thing (I can say for sure that I will not be pursuing it as a profession :P). Natasha had the opportunity to attend, and was kind enough to share … Continue reading “Jacked Up”

Let’s Talk

First off, what a wonderful Bell Let’s Talk Day and UBC Suicide Awareness Day! We, as an entire nation, combined everyone’s voices and efforts, and achieved a record of 122,150,772 million tweets, texts, calls and shares! Which means Bell will be donating $6,107,538.60 towards mental health initiatives around Canada this year. The Kaleidoscope, a non-profit … Continue reading Let’s Talk