Manly Men Cry Too by Real Heidi

EIGHT people a day in Australia are dying from suicide, six of them are men. Sadly, all three of us on our radio show, “Heidi, Will & Woody” have been affected personally by male depression and suicide. So for the last few weeks, we have made it our mission to make a difference in our […]

Shedding shame by Real Heidi

I JUST got home from two weeks holiday, sorry but not sorry! I travelled north to Exmouth with my partner Griffo. We hired a van and left without a plan. All we knew was that we would drive as far as Exmouth so we could swim with whale sharks. I had to share this breakthrough […]

The Austen Girl – Imperfect Earlobes

https://theaustenblog.com/2017/06/23/imperfect-earlobes/ I was on social media earlier in the week, and found myself caught up in a discussion about ear-piercing. A mother was asking what the earliest age a child could be to get their ears pierced. This question came with a disclaimer – that she was not interested in any information regarding whether or […]

A Fierce Beholder

I had an ex boyfriend, who once told me that we shouldn’t be friends if it made things ‘harder for me’. I found this statement in itself quite an entertaining one; there was such an assumption that I would be the one, out of the two of us, who would somehow find the fact that […]

Take a Selfie, Fake a Lie

I was chatting to a close friend of mine today, and she mentioned to me that she was going through some mental health issues. I was genuinely surprised to hear this, as I see her gorgeous smiling face popping up regularly on my Facebook feed, always accompanied by an in-love-with-life caption. It makes me smile every […]

A Glorious Mess

Today I underwent my sixth round of ECT. Six general anaesthetics. Six seizures. Six times, with a prospective six more. I can’t remember things properly. My memories are scrambled; trying to put things in a timeline is like trying to think of a word that is on the tip of your tongue… You know it […]

Real Heidi, Real People, Real Stories EP 5 – Heidi & Kim opening up about their abortions.

EP 5 – This very raw episode is Heidi & Kim opening up about their abortions. I have sat on this episode for months, wondering whether or not to publish it? But the more I think about it, the more I feel its time. 12 years ago I had an abortion. I haven’t ever spoken […]

Today; A Day.

At the end of the day. There is You. There is Him. And you are alone in this. Today. Today is subjective. Someone, somewhere, was born today; and someone else became a mother. Someone lived today; and someone else died. Someone fell in love today; and someone else’s heart was broken. Someone healed; and someone […]

Ryan’s battle with anxiety and depression

For years I struggled with anxiety that got so bad that it led to me also suffering depression.  I experienced a constant sense of worry, negative thoughts, feeling like I had an endless pit in my stomach and feeling like I was always on edge, unable to switch off and relax. Looking back, I had […]

The Austen Blog – Visitors Not Permitted

“My biggest fear, is that eventually you will see me the way I see myself.” (Anonymous) The most fascinating thing that I have discovered to date whilst on this journey, has been the overwhelming desire to protect the people I love. Protect them from what depression looks like… what it really looks like. It is so interesting […]