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Welcome to our community! Here you will find personal stories, articles, poems and other creative pieces by writers from all around the world.

Immerse yourself in these wonderful accounts of life and mental health, told from the point of view of caretakers, people who are going through it, people who are healing, and people just like you and me.

Because we all have a story, and we all have our own personal struggles and journeys. And we want you to know that it’s okay to.

I Survived the Shittiest Year of My Life

I Survived the Shittiest Year of My Life

I haven’t ticked any goals on my checklist for this year; those bumps along the roads, the failures, the doubting, self-sabotaging, things didn’t turn out the way I planned, the harsh reality that not all people around you weren’t meant to stay, and the unresolved...

My Mental Health Journey

My Mental Health Journey

My mental health journey begun when I was 16 years old. At nearly 24 a harsh reality I've faced is that the journey is nowhere near complete, but I've learnt so much along the way so far that I know I can use to help myself in times of need. I had a very normal...

Leaving Comfort for Peace

Leaving Comfort for Peace

How many people have you met that were very comfortable but unpeaceful? Probably a few. How many have you met that were peaceful but uncomfortable? The latter is probably a harder image to conjure up. Most of us live as if the unpredictable nature of life was a...

Taking Care of Myself

Taking Care of Myself

This is Part 6, the final article in a series of personal articles detailing what it is like to be a caretaker for Bipolar disorder, titled "Outside Looking In" Read Part 1 here Caring for a loved one with a mental health diagnosis is more than a full-time job. It’s a...

Navigating the Healthcare System

Navigating the Healthcare System

As a caregiver for a loved one with a mental health diagnosis, few roles are as important as helping figure out the morass of the healthcare system that tries to care for mental health patients. For the person in the throes of a mental health episode, there’s no way...

Helping Children

Helping Children

This is Part 4 of a series titled "Outside Looking In" Read Part 1 Read Part 2 Read Part 3 Every couple dealing with a mental health diagnosis has to wrestle with the question of children. Can the parent with the mental health diagnosis contribute to parenting? Can...

Happiness On Horseback, Simply Slowing Down

Happiness On Horseback, Simply Slowing Down

Whoa Nelly... slow down… Imagine yourself living on a horse ranch without any reception or internet. You’re surrounded by nothing but the sound of trees rustling, birds chirping, and maybe the distant moo of cattle or neigh of a horse. There are no TVs. There is no...

Stepping up when it counts

Stepping up when it counts

This is part 3 of a series titled "Outside Looking In" Read part 1 here Read part 2 here Every family has its routines. Someone washes the dishes. Someone takes out the trash. Someone cooks. You get the idea. But what happens when a family member has a mental health...

1: “I Can’t Put Myself In Her Place”

1: “I Can’t Put Myself In Her Place”

In 1988, my wife, Becky, was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Since 1994, when we got married, I’ve been her primary caregiver. Like many with Bipolar Disorder, she leads an ordinary life. She works. She’s given birth to, and helped raise, two children. She’s buried...

Mariam’s Poetry

Mariam’s Poetry

Meet Mariam. She is a volunteer at Breaking Taboo. She is an artist, a writer, and a mental health advocate. At Breaking Taboo, we encourage conversation and creative expression. Here, Mariam can share her true story of pain, survival, and wisdom, as well...

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