Caregiving: Delicate

It is easy to get lost in jargon when talking about mental health. I endeavour to keep conversation comfortable; I talk about my husband’s mental health issues. Issues. It is such a delightfully benign word to use. Issues. It suggests an easy to read pamphlet. Bullet points, perhaps? Issues. In my attempt to be delicate, I fear I am being misleading. Read More Caregiving: Delicate

The Caress of Steel

It’s 2 a.m. again. I am fighting my never-ending battle with insomnia. Comedy is my first line of defense: Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari comedy albums help me through the night. At some point during my 2 a.m. restlessness, I click through to my friend’s blog. The words hit so close to home that my eyes turn into spigots. (TW: Suicidal thoughts, self harm)  Read More The Caress of Steel

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

If you’re looking for the best of the ladyblogs, I’ve got a few articles that’ll make you extremely happy that the Internet exists. As if pictures of kittens weren’t doing that already. Read More Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Caregiving: Scars

Earlier, I had an idea of what I wanted to say. After my usual few minutes catching up on various sites, I’m not so sure. Is it the wake of the VICE spread still unfolding? I’m not sure. I… I feel at a loss. There’s suicide everywhere at the moment. There’s not much that can be done to escape it. Not that I’m helping matters by going about either, though. Read More Caregiving: Scars

Best of P-Mag: Live Though This: Growing Up a Cutter

Trigger warning: Self-Harm, Violence and graphic descriptions of both.

Over the last two years, Coco has written so many excellent articles. This one is recent, but it is so raw and personal, and there are a few passages in this have have really stayed with me. Thank you, Coco, for sharing your story with us. -queSarahSarah Read More Best of P-Mag: Live Though This: Growing Up a Cutter

Caregiving: Self Harm

[Trigger warning for discussion of self harm]

Ever since reading Susan’s Fucking Perfect: On Loving and Being Helpless, I’ve thought about covering self harm in the Caregiving series. Given a resurgence of the topic on Persephone lately, I figured now might be the time. Read More Caregiving: Self Harm

Live Through This: Growing Up A Cutter

Trigger warning: Self-Harm, Violence and graphic descriptions of both.

Before I even begin this story, I do want to say that I wish I could tell you more. While some things stick out to me, there is so much more that resides in sort of thick fog. Read More Live Through This: Growing Up A Cutter

Caregiving: Unexpected

[Trigger warning for discussion of suicide and self-harm.]

This week, my intention had been to start writing based on the suggestions from the Quickie article. But some things came up recently that my mind simply hasn’t been able to get away from. I have to say that Susan’s Weathering The Storm article (an excellent read – apologies to Susan for not saying that sooner) was a part of it. Why “Unexpected?” Because this all took me utterly by surprise. Read More Caregiving: Unexpected