Mentals – Page 3 – Anna Spargo-Ryan


We are not balloons

You know that movie 50 First Dates? That's what living in the moment looks like. A man called Eckhart Tolle said, in his book The Power of Now: ‘You can always cope with the now’. In 2011, this man was labelled "the most spiritually influential person in the world". Quotes like


Treat yourself.

Georgia has been on holidays for four weeks, waiting for the adults to find the right place for her. Lily trudges off to school with heavy reluctance, and I take Georgia out for breakfast and we sit and talk like adults: what are you doing


“Saner heads prevailed.”

In a move that should shock precisely no one, inexplicable TV anchor David "Kochie" Koch has used his place in the public eye to speak insensitively about something he doesn't understand. So out of character, right? It appears that Kochie decided, as a result of his sanity,


Are you listening?

What I want to write about is being a parent with a mental illness. Predictably, because I am a writer who is a parent with a mental illness, who often writes about parenting and also mental illness. And predictably, because parents with mental illness are


R U OK now?

I'm sorry I haven't responded to the thoughtful and insightful comments on my last post. I want to. I keep looking at them and thinking I have the appropriate way to respond, but I don't. Because here's a thing: writing about R U OK? Day


The Pandora’s Box of mental illness

Triggers, lots. LIFELINE: 13 11 14. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. That's a day when people around the world prevent suicide, I guess. Allegedly. And on Thursday we have R U OK? Day, which is a different kind of day, I guess. Great. Awareness of


The opposite of anxiety

You probably haven't read about it on Twitter, but Melbourne is putting on some stunning early spring weather at the moment. To celebrate, and because men impregnate women sometimes, my family came around for lunch yesterday. I'm a nervous wreck on the weekends--it's something about the


What even is blog?

An anonymous caller from the Gold Coast area decided that I should start my Wednesday with this email: Wow. You are a moron. THe most important thing that I have gathered from reading your blog is that people like you should not be allowed to breed. I



I'm so tired. Not anxious. Not necessarily, anyway. Some days I am happily non-anxious in my corner of the world, eating chocolate and watching Ellen working. But so tired. Because anxiety is tiresome. It's knowing that tomorrow I might wake up and just feel out of sorts, which to most