Hindsight

[Potential CW] It's often hard to honour a commitment to someone you dislike, So sometimes it's easier to think of self-care and healing as honouring the "Me" who got me here. Doing it for my younger self who was afraid, confused, and alone, but who held on despite it all. The child who blew out [...]

#MentallyMe Montage

In honour of this growing community I've been connecting with both here and on instagram I'm doing another Mentally Me montage. You can find more information about the #MentallyMe hashtag here. Otherwise I just love seeing and sharing beautiful photography and pure, authentic moments from those of you who have contributed. Shoutout to: Those enjoying [...]

blogging

helps me hear my own thoughts. I'm more confident with graphite, ink, or keys than I am with speech. I can express what I'm too afraid to say. You can't hear my voice shake in text on a screen. No one can interrupt me when I type. No one speaks over me. I don't have [...]

#MentallyMe Montage

Thanks to everyone continuing to tag and share with the hashtag #MentallyMe. Growing the more vulnerable and authentic side of social media while fostering our identity outside of mental illness. Tag your posts #MentallyMe for a chance to be featured. Shout out to - Embracing self-love "Hey, hi, hello. I'm Nicole and self love is [...]

van Gogh and Romanticizing the Tortured Artist

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Vincent van Gogh is experiencing a 21st-century renaissance. Popular portrayals of the troubled artist are increasingly appearing on both the small and big screen  – a Doctor Who episode, the film Loving Vincent, and the most recent movie depiction from director Julian Schnabel, At Eternity’s Gate, starring Willem Dafoe.

In all of these representations, van Gogh’s mental health is at the forefront of the story — it is hard to mention him without bringing up the self-inflicted severing of his ear in the following sentence. Perhaps the cliché of the ‘starving, tortured artist’ can be attributed most notably to him. This is certainly how we view his art—through the lens of a man who grappled against life, cornered by his own mind’s wolves.

In the late 1880s, after cutting off his left ear and offering it up to a prostitute, van Gogh was admitted to a hospital in Arles…

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The extraordinarily ordinary moments in-between mental illness exist – I promise

The Bipolar Writer Collaborative Mental Health Blog

But it does get better. 

Some parts of our lives are really hard, really dark, and when we look back it’s kind of like reflecting on what a long winter felt like when you’d go months without being able to remember what it felt like to feel your toes and fingers because it was so cold, and the sunsets were never there and the sun didn’t make you feel warm and everything was dry and icy-

But it does get better. 

And you won’t see it coming: you won’t notice it happening, the thawing – you won’t notice every day how you’re starting to hum to yourself again or how laughter is coming more easily than it did before or how you’ve started noticing sunsets and feeling sunshine again. 

You’ll just be sitting on your couch at 11 am on a Wednesday listening to traffic and…

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