This site is for you. This site is about you. This site is about giving a voice to those of us who have lived experience with mental health issues and want to speak out about it.
Mark Nepo in his Book of Awakening said it best:
For to carry the smallest crust of bread or truth that we can offer others always reminds us of two essential facts: that we do not live this life alone, and that no matter the severity of our own circumstance, we have something to give others. The fact of this does not invalidate our pain, but affirms our worth, that even in pain we can be of value.
We all have something to share from our experience with mental health, regardless of where we are in the journey, and this is what this blog is about.
This blog serves in 3 ways:
1) to facilitate those of you who have a mental health issue(s), or care about someone who has a mental health issue(s), to write about your experience for the purpose of telling part of your story and sharing your wisdom, by having it published on this site (click here for more info on Superhero guest blogging);
2) to give you the opportunity to read what myself and others have experienced and I hope with all my heart that will help you to feel less lonely and misunderstood and maybe even a little bit empowered; and
3) to educate others who are interested in putting themselves in the shoes of someone who has a mental health issue.
Connect with me
Hi. I’m Trish Hurtubise…the creator and co-editor of Mental Health Talk. I love serving those who are relegated to the shadows by society by giving them a platform to share their voice and be seen and heard… hence my passion for working with all the wonderful people who have shared their stories and wisdom on MHT.
I sometimes even write a post on my experience with mental health and the mental health system. You may view all posts by me here.
The best way to connect with me is through the contact form here. The form has been thoroughly tested so you can trust I will receive it. And I do respond.
You can also connect with me on Twitter.
I believe deeply in embracing what it means to be human. Through poetry, prose and spoken word performances, I emote on suffering, love, sexuality, faith, identity, beliefs, redemption, vulnerability, death and my experiences with the mental health system. If you’re interested in my spoken word artist site, please stop by triciabest.com to check out what I’ve been up to.
“I have been reading this blog since its inception and have been impressed, and moved, by the sharing and honesty that is so apparent here. As a therapist, I believe very strongly in dispelling the myths and stigma that are attached to “mental illness”. Although there has been some change in societal attitudes, it is still not even close to acceptance. Trish is doing her part by courageously sharing some of her journey and by doing so, giving others permission to do so, in a safe manner, without judgement or criticism. Her passion and commitment to bringing the issues that face those with mental illness out of the dark and into the light is a joy to experience. Everyones’ experiences are unique to them, based on their history, genetics, etc. but I know that no matter what your story is, at some point you will find something here, maybe a little gem, or perhaps a lifeline, that will resonate for you and help you feel less alone. I believe that Trish’s art, poetry and musings are full of beauty and raw honesty. She is living her truth. and I thank her and respect her for that.” ~ Eva