Scar Questions

Based on the self-injury forums I’ve occasionally perused (here’s where I shamelessly endorse buslist.org – a spectacularly understanding, supportive, and safe on-line environment for those looking), and people I’ve spoken with, apparently I’m in the minority in my comfort level with my self-injury scars in that I don’t make any effort to cover or hide … Continued

About Tracy Deyell

Tracy Deyell is a Ph.D. student living with major depression and bulimia. Follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds'd blog, or follow her on Twitter.


Confronting self-injury without attacking

As I have come out and been open with my own self-injury and mental illness history I’ve become more and more of a go-to person for friends and family in a situation where someone they know is going through some of the same kinds of things. If you’re still at all skeptical of the stigma … Continued

About Tracy Deyell

Tracy Deyell is a Ph.D. student living with major depression and bulimia. Follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds'd blog, or follow her on Twitter.


Spring Slump

If any of you have been following my posts (thank-you), you may remember that I said at the end of my last post that I would be discussing how to approach the issue of self-injury with someone. I did get sidetracked this week, but that post will still be coming. As I’m writing this it’s … Continued

About Tracy Deyell

Tracy Deyell is a Ph.D. student living with major depression and bulimia. Follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds'd blog, or follow her on Twitter.


Self-Injury as Attention-Seeking? In one word: No

When I left off last post I began talking about the issue of self-injury of attention seeking, and its subsequent denigration. This is especially troubling to me and I think it really needs some addressing. Here is my reality check to anyone who’s ever said, or thought, that someone was hurting themselves only as an … Continued

About Tracy Deyell

Tracy Deyell is a Ph.D. student living with major depression and bulimia. Follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds'd blog, or follow her on Twitter.


A Window into Self-Injury: “What” “How” and “Why”

In my experience dealing with mental illness and the many issues that have come with my particular brand (no two are completely alike), if I had to pick out the most stigmatizing element it would be self-injury. Over the years I’ve been told I was dumb, silly, attention seeking, a hard case, and even scary … Continued

About Tracy Deyell

Tracy Deyell is a Ph.D. student living with major depression and bulimia. Follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds'd blog, or follow her on Twitter.


Tracy Deyell: Unapologetically living with shades of major depression and bulimia

I had my first interaction with the mental health system in 1999 when I was 13. My school called my dad to come pick me up with concerns about my safety. He took me to CHEO where I was admitted and ended up staying for 345 days because of on-going safety concerns. Since that time … Continued

About Tracy Deyell

Tracy Deyell is a Ph.D. student living with major depression and bulimia. Follow her story on HMC's Supportive Minds'd blog, or follow her on Twitter.