What is financial abuse? This one kind of domestic violence is far more common than physical abuse

Domestic violence can come in many forms; some of the most recognizable are physical abuse or emotional abuse. While it’s important to pay attention to those kinds of intimate violence, another kind of abuse is extremely common, but much less talked about: A study by the UK Office of National Statistics found that women are far … Read more

How to help a spouse with depression

Joanne Newman doesn’t blame her husband’s depression for her marital issues. She blames herself. “It’s me,” says the mom of two. “I basically have had to tell myself, ‘you love him, you married him… and this is the hand you’ve been dealt, so deal with it.’” It’s not an unusual position to be in. Some 14.8 … Read more

Depression – soon you might be an old friend.

Originally posted on HonestK

Guess who’s back, back again, Kirsty’s back, tell a friend.

This is quite a bizarre feeling, I didn’t even realise it until a few weeks ago, but I feel ‘fine’. Not sure if ‘fine’ cuts it, I feel ‘great’ – Tony the tiger great.

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For someone diagnosed with depression, who monitored her every feeling for fear falling back into the ‘darkness’ I sure did miss the turning point in my mental health, much like failing to see the dark path into depression. But I think, think, there’s light ahead, I’m pretty sure I see a flicker of hope and normality, in the not too far future. 

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Women fearful of violent partners will be able to check their criminal history under new trial

WOMEN afraid of controlling or violent partners will be able to ask authorities about their criminal history through a new scheme to be trialled in SA that advocates say will save lives. Based on a British model, the disclosure scheme is a key plank of a State Government blueprint to eradicate domestic violence. The blueprint … Read more

The Weinstein Plague in America

If you have paid any attention to social media or the news on television you would have seen the whole up roar against Harvey Weinstein. Numerous women in Hollywood, both in the United States and in Great Britain, have accused him sexual harassment and sexual assault. (For more information, check out this recent article published … Read more

It’s National Coming Out Day Today!

Hello! For those of you who aren’t aware, today is National Coming Out Day. I want to take some time out of my rough (even though it hasn’t been that bad of a day) day to express my thoughts on today. Today can mean a lot to different people. I’m sure for some it’s irrelevant … Read more

My Sister Saved Me

(Please see ‘About’ for the purpose of this blog and here’s how and why it started)     I placed my feet firmly on the ground with each step I took toward a room filled with smiles. I was greeted quite overwhelmingly by the sharp scent of antiseptic fragrance but there was something new. Something that my nose … Read more

Checklist: 7 steps to happiness

Can you remember the last time you were truly happy? We’re not talking about a relaxing Thursday night or a time you did well at work; but a point in your life where you felt truly content with yourself. It is hard not to fall into the traps of negativity and the routine life throws … Read more

Focus on mental health

Just last week another local teenager took his own life. He was in the ninth grade. Suicide is not a joke and, unfortunately, it is not overly discussed. It is real. It takes the lives of many people every single day. Suicide knows no gender, race, or profession. It does not discriminate and it cannot … Read more