Why I don’t believe in “self care” (and how to make it obsolete)

Someone asked me recently what my favourite self care strategies are. It seemed like a reasonable question until I realized that I had no idea what the answer is. I drew a complete blank. Which is weird, because I'm a mental health activist and I spend a lot of time thinking about how to take care … Continue reading Why I don’t believe in “self care” (and how to make it obsolete)

Five major barriers to basic mental health care

Trigger warning: the following includes discussion of health care professionals, depression, anxiety and mood disorders in general. It's June of the year I turned 23. I have just moved across the country, from Ottawa to Vancouver, and into my mother's house, because I am too sick to work and can't afford to pay my rent. The … Continue reading Five major barriers to basic mental health care

The University of Ottawa yoga controversy: a disabled person’s response

The recent wave of media coverage of the cancellation of a yoga class at the University of Ottawa is a perfect illustration of everything that is wrong with mainstream media. Some context: sometime last week, the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD), a service of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), put its free yoga … Continue reading The University of Ottawa yoga controversy: a disabled person’s response

When talking about disability makes us uncomfortable

People get uncomfortable when I mention that I have a disability. Not everyone, but a lot of people. People are totally fine with casually discussing the idea of disability rights and barriers that people face — in theory. But as soon as it's a personal issue, things get weird. Invisible disabilities are a funny thing. When … Continue reading When talking about disability makes us uncomfortable

Reflections on the city, leaving home and looking for community

This week I am visiting Vancouver, BC, my hometown, and riding the waves of emotion that always come with visiting home for me: excitement, anxiety, nostalgia, and familiarity. All tied with vivid memories, some of actual events and some of dreams for the future that I no longer hold. This trip comes with a new … Continue reading Reflections on the city, leaving home and looking for community

Liberal feminist independence and my struggle against internalized ableism

As a disabled person, I have often trouble letting people do things for me. It's a part of my internalized ableism. The things I need are always changing. When my anxiety is bad, I'll ask a friend to come hang out just because I need not to be alone. Sometimes I need someone to make … Continue reading Liberal feminist independence and my struggle against internalized ableism