How My Cat Saved My Life

My cat saved my life. No, he didn’t pull me from a burning house or save me from drowning in a pool; he saved me from myself and continues to do so daily, as I battle with mental illness. Simba (yes, that’s his real name!), came to me as a scrawny, flea-ridden, sick, stinky kitten back in November 2010. He was rescued by a Melbourne animal welfare group from a pound in rural Victoria along with 5 other kittens. I had started volunteering as a foster… View Post

How Art Therapy Can Improve Your Mental Health

For this week’s Wellness Wednesday, I take a look at a very recent discovery of mine, art therapy and how it can benefit your mental health! I’ve always felt intimidated by the word ‘art’. To me it meant painting or drawing, both of which I’m not terribly good at. This all changed last month when for our anniversary,  my very thoughtful boyfriend organised for me to attend a ‘Paint Your Pet’ session at Cork and Canvas. The great thing about this is that they draw your furry friend… View Post

13 Mental Health Tips When Watching ’13 Reasons Why’

  For those of us who experience mental illness, the story of Hannah Baker in ’13 Reasons Why’ might have triggered some pretty intense thoughts and feelings. This was definitely the case for me. The hit Netflix series has people talking all over the world and whilst I’ve found a mostly positive reaction, it has caused quite a bit of controversy too! As someone who has encountered similar experiences to Hannah, I am very keen to share my thoughts on the show. In the meantime, I… View Post

My Life With Depression: The Beginning

  I was diagnosed with clinical depression when I was 16. As a teenager, it was hard to deal with. It was embarrassing, I found it difficult to accept my feelings and thoughts as depression. Teenage Sarah very naively thought that depressed people came from unloving families and had horrible lives. Sure, I’d experienced some bad things in my life but I wasn’t depressed! I thought it was normal to experience the feelings I had felt and now, to put a label on it, I… View Post