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 […]

Real Heidi, Real People, Real Stories EP 8 – Imagine being born in the wrong body? A Transgender man & woman explain…

Nick was born a woman and Cherie was born a man, both have transitioned over the last few years to live life as the opposite sex to which they were born. This chat is truly fascinating & by far the most interesting one I have ever had. I can’t even imagine what it would feel […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Introducing the real HE

“It’s true. Your parents didn’t lie to you. There is no monster under your bed. He doesn’t lurk in the shadows, or the cupboard. He isn’t waiting in the back seat of your car, or in dark alleys, ready to feed off your fear, your pain, your sadness. Rearing his ugly head to drain you […]

Real Heidi, Real People, Real Stories EP 4 – Clint & Jess an extraordinary couple with shit luck.

Clint & Jess are a couple from Perth that have had a shit tonne of bad luck. In 2013 Jess was diagnosed with a very rare disease called Neuromyitis Optica, she was told she would go blind or be paralysed or both over the next few years. Three years later, in September 2016, Clint her […]