What’s Your Outlet?

For Robin Williams it was comedy. For the members of Broken Light Collective it is photography.  Regardless of what it is, everyone needs an outlet. Not just those struggling with illness – everyone needs a healthy way to get our thoughts and problems out of our heads and into something productive. For me it is … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


The Three Best Things About Being Bipolar

It would be easy to think that mental illness is all bad. It would be easy to feel nothing but sorry for someone with a mood disorder. But in fact there are some upsides… Community In the past year I have started volunteering and writing in the sphere of mental health for various organizations. Through … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Just Sit With It

Could you spend an hour of everyday passing no judgements at all? What if in that hour your task was to focus solely on your own thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations? Could you sit with yourself, your mind and body, with no stimulation, for all that time and not judge? A few weeks ago I … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


A Question of Will

I was diagnosed with my mood disorder almost nine years ago. Since then, I can’t count the number of times I have told my family, friends, colleagues, boyfriends, best friends, readers and most importantly myself that mental illness is not a matter of will power. Until today I didn’t realize how much I secretly doubted … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Resolutions for a Happy New (School) Year

Well here it is, fall is upon us. As Canadians we make sure to enjoy the hell out of our summer; dinners on the patio, long weekends out of town, days at the beach with friends. September is here now, and just like kids getting new backpacks and running shoes, we needs to spruce up … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Where is the Line?

Nobody is perfect, and this includes people with mood disorders. There is no magic pill that makes all symptoms disappear so that one’s illness just fades away. Medication is a wonderful thing; it can take you from a hospital bed to a functioning, happy member of society. However, the stronger the medication the stronger the … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


S.A.D. (Summer Addiction Disorder)

Many people have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D. This is a mood disorder that affects people in the winter. The lack of sunlight often translates into the “winter blues”—or various severities of depression. I am reading a fabulous book right now called Two Bipolar Chicks: Tips for Living with Bipolar Disorder by Wendy … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


I’m Just Particular

I have a very specific coffee order at Starbucks. This is because I am, as my boyfriend says, particular (he is always diplomatic; please read as “high-maintenance”). I am an annoying customer sometimes, and I don’t care. So why am I worried about asking for accommodations for my illness which is, arguably, so much more … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


My Other Half

Having a chronic illness is like being in a relationship. Like every relationship, there are ups and downs, things you are thankful for and things you are not. As time goes on from your first diagnosis or first date, through treatment or your first fight, you get to know that illness or person as if … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


A Healthy Dose of Hope

A month ago I was treading water. I hated getting up in the morning. My anxiety had me on high alert all day, every day. Fear of change, no matter how small was keeping me so tightly regimented that I was constantly exhausted. Any change to my routine or relationships meant less control, and I … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Balance ≠ 50-50

It seems that we are always searching for balance. I often find myself telling people they need more of it; take a lunch break, put down the cell phone, sleep eight hours, call your Mom, go for a walk. People believe that the work/life balance should somehow equal 50-50, and if it doesn’t, their life … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Pissing Matches

When I was eighteen I was a nanny for two little boys. I distinctly remember a conversation I had with the elder, who was six, about our dads. “What bus does your daddy take to work? Mine takes the 11. I bet my daddy’s bus is faster. What time does your daddy leave for work? I bet … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Laughter is the Best Medicine

Hospitals are scary places. Most of the time. My first experience in the world of Mental Health Institutions was Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. I lived in the in-patient youth ward for roughly a month at the age of seventeen. There was a girl in the ward with me who never spoke. I remember her being  … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


A Wise Yogi or a Dirty Coffee Mug

I think the universe is talking to me. One night last week I had insomnia. At 2 am I was wide awake thinking I should be asleep. My alarm was going to go off in five hours whether I closed my eyes or not. I nitpicked my whole night apart thinking, I shouldn’t have gone … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Good Day Sunshine

I have always taken more sick days than other people; I have always been a gold-star student. For me, the two are directly linked. My time off school or work has rarely impacted grades or performance because when I am physically present I am efficient and hyper focused. I tick things off quickly because I … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Empathy Takes a Little Time

I quit drinking when I was in my third year of university. Since then I’ve had a beer or two from time to time, but I really avoid it because alcohol just makes me sleepy and sad. When I started a new job that year and could no longer afford to sleep until noon every … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


The Things We Fake

A lot of the stigma around Mental Illness deals with the issue of Faking It. The idea that he is just doing it for attention, or she just wants to get out of work. On a rational level, I don’t understand why people think this way. Don’t we usually fake things to make ourselves look … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


A Lesson in Bipolar Fashion

Bipolar Disorder is a loaded phrase. Most people don’t really know what it practically means. Of course it literally means two poles, two extremes, two ways of being in one person’s head — but Bipolar Disorder has more than two faces. My Bipolar symptoms usually take one of four forms; depression, mania, mixed episodes and … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


More Than Neutral

A job I love: check. I really enjoy my job at a public relations firm called Enterprise Canada. I have worked there three separate times, and late last year they welcomed me back into the fold after a number of years away for school and other opportunities. Now that I am a few months in, … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com


Introducing Sarah Lindsay, More Than Just Bipolar

My name is Sarah Lindsay and I have been living with bipolar disorder for eight years. I was diagnosed at the age of sixteen and it turned my world upside down. Today I am an Office Manager and Client Coordinator at a Government and Public Relations firm in downtown Toronto. Things could not be more … Continued

About Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay is in her mid-twenties and lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and their dog (who also has some anxiety issues). Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2005 at the age of 16 and is still trying to figure it out. Follow Sarah’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog, or additionally you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook or check out her new website: SarahsMoods.com