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 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 […]

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 […]

My battle with anxiety one year on

IT’S been just over a year since I spoke openly about my anxiety and I wanted to let you all know that I am doing ok. In fact, I am doing wonderfully, and I couldn’t be more proud of how far I have come. I get asked all the time how I am coping and […]

How writing novels saved my life!

  I can’t write my journey with jokes, or in a light-heartedly way because my journey simply hasn’t been light-hearted and happy. In fact, it has been the complete opposite, it has been depressing and at times, life-threatening, but if things didn’t happen this way, I never would have found the one thing that has […]

Change the story!

LETS be honest here, Armadale isn’t always given a good wrap. It’s often the butt of jokes (which I’ve been guilty of myself) and some media reports about this community can be quite negative towards its youth. A few weeks ago, I was approached by Save the Children WA to “change the story” and shine […]

How to live anxiety free….

My name is Andrew Pearce, I’m 27 years old and I used to experience general and social anxiety but I am now living anxiety free, which I’d like to clarify for you, as I do get questions about it. We are hard-wired with the fight/flight response, it is a part of our makeup as humans, […]

My name is Larissa & I have Postnatal Depression.

Hi, I’m Larissa and I have PND (postnatal depression). It took me a long time to acknowledge and say out loud that I had PND. Here’s’ how it all unfolded. August 2013 we welcomed our second child, our son into the world. I suffered fourth-degree tears during his delivery. I was whisked away into theatre […]

Constance Hall and I talk perinatal anxiety and depression with Dr Leon

Did you know that suicide is the leading cause of death in pregnancy? We didn’t. Until I sat with Dr Leon and Constance Hall and he filled me in. This is something I am HUGELY passionate about, my Grandma took her own life when my Dad was just a baby. If you need help contact […]

Episode 4 – Bianca and Heidi Get Mental-er with Sophie Hardcastle and Casey Lyons

This week our anxious radio babes Bianca & Heidi sit down with two extraodinary humans, who are both equally inspiring. Sophie Hardcastle is a young Author and a survivor of suicide. She has written an amazing memoir about her teenage self and in the podcast she opens up about her diagnosis with bipolar, being admitted […]