My guest Kirsten Barkved is a writer who thinks that the best way to solve all your problems is to melt some cheese on them. When she isn’t dismantling the patriarchy, petting as many dogs as possible, or trying to finish her first novel, she is exploring the very complicated, very necessary work of breaking apart the stigma of mental illness in her writing.
Kirsten is very open about the fact that she suffers from both anxiety and depression. In this episode she walks me through her journey of coping with not one, but two mental health disorders.
We talk pretty candidly about mental health and Kirsten does describe the feelings and experiences that she has so if you are someone who also suffers from a mental health issue then do listen with caution and make sure that you are kind to yourself and take care of yourself during and after the episode.
If you do need help immediately then know that you can always call the Crisis Canada Hotline at 1.833.456.4566. They have amazing trained volunteers available 24/7. For more information visit their website www.crisisservicescanada.ca.
If you are having suicidal thoughts then please contact 1-800-SUICIDE.
The LifeLine Canada Foundation also has a list of Canadian, USA and international crisis centres.
Click here for a list for a list of Suicide Crisis Hotlines in other countries.
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