Another Season

The shadows are making their way to my door again, and my stoop has been painted in grey, but I know that soon the grey will give way to the blackness and I will spend another season crushing bricks and sprinkling salt in every corner of my fragile mind. © Nicole Lyons 2017

Discharged

It was addicting, the attempt to lose myself inside of all the others, until I chilled my bones in the shadows cast by stoic backs and upturned eyes that refused to see me, sacrificing. © Nicole Lyons 2017

Oblivion – Nicole on FC

Thank you to Feminine Collective for publishing Oblivion. It was written for a Creative Nonfiction challenge and it had to come in at under 1500 words, and it was by far one of my hardest writes to date, but I am extremely pleased with the end result. oblivion

Crazy is a Luxury

It's finally here, the day has come when I see my GP about an ECT consult. The medication/psychiatric merry-go-round is killing me. I can't do this anymore. I haven't left my house in weeks, I haven't written for PC because let's be honest, I'm not doing so well with "Living well with mental illness" and … Continue reading Crazy is a Luxury

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015: My Stigma Fighters Survivor Story

Over the past few days I have been corresponding with a young woman on The Lithium Chronicles Facebook page who is in a rather dark spot. I am happy to write that she is now actively seeking treatment and while she is still overwhelmed and quite low, she sees that there is hope. She reminded … Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day 2015: My Stigma Fighters Survivor Story

The Suicide Attempt That Changed My Life

I am so pleased and privileged to host Rebecca Lombardo on The Lithium Chronicles. Rebecca's debut book (a memoir) has just been released hot off the press as of yesterday. Please help me in welcoming Rebecca and acknowledging her bravery. Rebecca's story has helped many and will continue to do so. Thank you, Rebecca. The Suicide … Continue reading The Suicide Attempt That Changed My Life

Mental Health Warrior: Christine Saenz

When I first accepted my diagnosis of bipolar disorder I wasn't even close to being in a happy place. I had been in and out of the psychiatric hospital where I was overmedicated. I jumped off of all of my medications, which caused me to have seizures. I refused to go back on medication for … Continue reading Mental Health Warrior: Christine Saenz

Mental Health Warrior: Sarah Comerford

When I think of Sarah Comerford, my mind starts to race with all sorts of adjectives. I could throw around words like, wonderful, marvellous, steadfast, courageous, enchanting, and they would all apply to her. But, I think for me, Sarah represents True North; funny I know seeing how she lives in Hawaii. I say this … Continue reading Mental Health Warrior: Sarah Comerford

Mental Health Warrior: Stephanie Ortez

I crossed paths with Stephanie in a rather unusual way, the details of which are not important. Our first few encounters with each other were not our most shining moments, but they were part of our journey, not only in our personal recovery, but also in the amazing bond that we have forged since then. … Continue reading Mental Health Warrior: Stephanie Ortez

WARNING! Who’s In Charge of YOUR Stability?

“I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Madman For the past four years, my psychiatrists (I’ve had a couple) have deemed it not only necessary, but absolutely crucial, that … Continue reading WARNING! Who’s In Charge of YOUR Stability?