Looking Back – Looking Forward

As of the time of writing this, it has been exactly one year since I was downsized out of the organization I had worked for over 26 years.  I think today is a good day for me to engage in both a reflection about times gone by and also on the future ahead of me. … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


A Year in the Life of a Mental Health Blogger

It is hard for me to believe that it has been a year since I began blogging with Healthy Minds Canada.  I have a journal in which I write a few things about my day each night before I go to sleep and the entry for February 10, 2014 records my excitement about being chosen … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


What is Recovery? Living Well With Mental Illness

A woman I recently met gave me food for thought when it comes to the definition of recovery related to mental illness and addiction.  She expressed her frustration with the number of popular speakers who talk about their recovery as a distinct event in time. While she recognized that some people do experience an episode … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


The Silver Lining Effect: Creating Meaning and Purpose from Life’s Challenges

I often humorously refer to my life experiences as a cautionary tale for other people who can learn vicariously through me.  When I looked up a list of life events that have been found to cause the greatest life stress, my checklist was full: death of loved ones, marriage breakdown, job loss, chronic illness of … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


‘Tis The Season To…Simplify

Holiday stress has a little something for everyone: crowded malls, year-end bills, loneliness, family expectations.  People, places and things all seem to conspire to raise the level of anxiety for the most grounded of folks, let alone those who live day to day with the challenges associated with mental illness. For me, it was the … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


It’s Never Too Late…

This week marked the end of my first term in graduate school.  I have to admit that for the first weeks, my regular mantra was, “What made me think this was a good idea?”  I had not been in school full time for more than a quarter of a century and I was both nervous … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


A SAD Time of Year

I have a two-year journal in which I write a little about my activities and mood each day.  It is set up in such a way that each page is divided in half with the left side for year one and the right side for the same day on year two. Anecdotally, I have always … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Listening: Giving the Gift Of You

Recently, my older son and I did an interview for Mental Illness Awareness Week.  The interviewer directed most of the questions towards him and I found myself sitting quietly, simply listening to his responses.  In those two hours, I discovered more about my son – his experiences, fears, failures and triumphs – than I ever … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Mental Health and Compassion: Why Kindness Matters

We have all heard the saying “nice guys finish last.” I confess that there have been times in my life that I have uttered the phrase myself.  Kindness sometimes seems to be an unpopular characteristic in an increasingly materialistic and “what’s-in-it-for-me” society.  But, for anyone who has struggled with mental illness, kindness from others can … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


The Day When I Am Normal

For many years I yearned to be ‘normal’ – to not have a mental illness, to be able to be just like everyone else.  I spent decades wishing for this, often going off what, for me, was necessary medication in order to prove to myself that my problem was transitory, that I didn’t have a … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Do We Really Need A Mental Illness Awareness Week?

Did you know that next week, October 5 – 11, 2014, is Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada?  Isn’t it just a bit exhausting to have yet another week that focuses on one illness or another?  And haven’t we heard enough about mental illness lately? Just look at all the media coverage it gets: every other … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


It’s Not Easy Being Green: Life Lessons from Kermit the Frog

I have loved Kermit the Frog since I first saw him on Sesame Street as a child. I followed him through his time on television’s Muppet Show to his career as a movie star. He has always represented my ideal person. I know, I know, he’s a puppet, but to me he demonstrates the characteristics, … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Facing Fear and Teaching a Middle-Aged Dog New Tricks

Fall has always been a strangely dichotomous time for me; I greet it with equal parts happiness and melancholy. I mourn the end of the summer, but love the crispness of the changing season – brightly coloured leaves, a little nip in the air. As a child, Fall also brought the beginning of another school … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World

I have a bracelet with the inscription, “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World.”  If I had a larger wrist, it would begin with “Know Your Thoughts.” For me, that is the real key to positive change. I have spent much of my life as a ‘stuffer’ – one of those people who pushed down painful … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Life in the Slow Lane: Are You Busy Being Busy?

When I looked up the word ‘busy,’ the dictionary provided me with three definitions: (1) occupied; (2) full of activity; (3) not free.  I went to Urban Dictionary and found a one more:  attempting to seem important. I would also add my own to the mix: an all-too common answer to the question, “How are … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Sticks and Stones: When Words Hurt

A friend sent me a message the other day suggesting this subject for my blog.  Her story: she had started to get up very early to go to the gym and, in response to this behaviour, someone said she was ‘mental’. She said she was very surprised by how deeply offended she was, even though … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Overcoming Fear: Breathe and Believe

I love writing.  Yet, I find that it is usually the weekend before my blog is due when I actually sit down to write it.  I could blame this on a busy life, however, given my current state of unemployment, that excuse doesn’t quite work.  I know that the truth is that I procrastinate because … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Motherhood and Mental Illness

You would think that living with depression and anxiety would better prepare me for having a child with a mental illness.  I certainly thought this would be an advantage when my older son exhibited concerns in his first year of university.  Turns out, the maternal instinct is far, far stronger than any logic and knowledge … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


The Gifts My Dogs Give Me

When I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t sure of a subject until I realized that it was staring me in the face.  Literally.  My 100 pound Golden Doodle, Murphy, had jumped up on the bed, flopped his head down and was doing a little creative keyboarding for me with his snout.  Never … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.


Education: The Antidote to Stigma

One of the main reasons I wanted to write this blog was because I feel that part of my purpose and obligation is to be able to illustrate that people can, and do, live well with mental illness. I also strongly believe that much of the stigma associated with mental illness is related to a … Continued

About Susan Mifsud

Susan Mifsud is a 49 year old mother of two adult sons who has worked in university administration for the last 25 years. She is an active volunteer and advocate in support of the elimination of stigma and shame related to mental illness and addiction. Follow Susan’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds blog or additionally follow Susan on Twitter.