EP 9 Real Heidi, Real People, Real Stories – Kate had a psychotic episode after listening to a meditation C.D.

Kate had a year-long psychotic episode after listening to a meditation C.D. in her 20’s. She had previously suffered from depression, anxiety, social phobia, and anorexia. Kate is now medicated for schizophrenia, today she lives life to the full like anyone else & dedicates her time mentoring others & working in mental health.  

The Austen Girl – Beautiful. Brilliant. Crazy.

When I asked my husband to describe me in three words… That was his response. Beautiful. Brilliant. Crazy. I think mental health awareness is often focused so heavily on the sufferer, that the people around them, the ones who are watching someone they love fall to pieces… they get somewhat bypassed in the chaos. They are the […]

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 […]

Another BLOG by The Austen Girl – A Deafening Silence

I am currently sitting on my hospital bed, listening to the sounds of my neighbour have a dangerously heated argument. I could not tell you who she is arguing with. I have not seen them. To me, they are not real. I can only begin to imagine how completely frightening it would be, for this monster inside my […]

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 […]

Living with children on the spectrum

Hi, I’m Jess, I’m a married mother of three wonderful boys who all happen to be on varying levels of the autism spectrum. My eldest is 11 and he has Aspergers and ADHD. My middle child is 10 and he is smack bang right in the middle of the spectrum. My youngest is 6 and […]

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 […]