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Warning Signs

Warning Signs

*Content Warning: Mental Health Over the years I’ve learnt some of the clues that let me know that things are getting bad again, or in less self-deprecating language, that my mental health needs a bit more care than...

Bisexual

Bisexual

*Content Warning: Mental Health   Being a “bad bisexual” Let me introduce myself. I’m a peer support worker. I’m in my late twenties, tall and blonde, white and female. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 2.5 years,...

Transgender Non-binary

Transgender Non-binary

*Content Warning: Mental Health, Transphobia “You’re not really trans.” “This is just for attention or to seem interesting.” “You’re either a man or woman.” “I’m okay with trans men and women but none of this...

Social Justice

Social Justice

As a person who feels my emotions deeply, caring about social issues can be a double-edged sword. Because I’ve dealt with struggles in my life, I feel an immediate empathetic connection to others who have faced...

Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening

Spirtual Awakening   For years I struggled to believe in myself and the power within me. Trust for myself had been broken through many difficult experiences, which left me to doubt my abilities. For years, I believed I...

Relationships

Relationships

Being in a romantic relationship was my main priority for many years. I was searching desperately for my happily ever after story, being adamant that when I found ‘the one’ I would be happy. My friends would...

New Year Blues

New Year Blues

For as long as I can remember, I’ve spent the morning of each December 31st writing down a list of new year’s resolutions. I would journal using a calligraphy font, with a bunch of positive affirmations as the icing on...

Being a Caregiver

Being a Caregiver

It was a summer month back in 2004 when my mum sat me down and explained that my brother had just been diagnosed with Autism. Having lost a brother just the year before, I sat there with utter confusion, just praying...

Learning To Accept Setbacks

Learning To Accept Setbacks

It’s been a long time since my mental health has been a serious concern for me. It took many long years but I’m at a point where I usually feel confident in managing whatever comes my way. And yet, I sometimes still...