Mental health and all that jazz

Whaddup, my homies? Let’s talk about mental health!!

Well, that seems as good a way to start as any.

So, as anyone who has seen my latest video will know (WOW! SUCH PLUG!) I’ve been having a not so great time mental health-wise lately. (Seriously though, if you’ve got 16 minutes or so to spare, go grab a cup of tea and give it a watch.)

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled unplugged post.

The video is a long, sleep-deprived rambling and I touch on my mental health stuff, but I brush passed it relatively quickly, partly because it was an impromptu, unplanned, unscripted vlog and partly because I’m not very good at talking it all through properly yet. I am very aware though that I don’t want it to be something I feel like I can’t talk about openly. Feeling ashamed or stigmatised because of differing brain chemistry is the furthest thing from helpful. I also know that open conversations about mental health are very important to normalise it and to help anyone else who is dealing with similar things feel less crazy and alone.

So. Let’s talk.

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The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation

Hey guys!

As any of you who have read my previous blog post will know, made a video promoting the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation for the Project for Awesome a couple of weeks back.

This is said video.

The P4A was a whirlwind of sleep deprivation and watching heaps of cool charity videos. My video actually got featured on the livestream which is beyond cool and I got so many awesome comments, but one said something quite interesting. They questioned why I didn’t make a video supporting literacy in “Bangladesh, Philistines, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, or something… The literacy rate is genuinely low there.”

That question made me quite defensive at first, but on reflection it was a fair question, especially coming from someone who I assumed was not from Australia. Although the Project for Awesome is done and dusted for another year, I wanted to go a little bit more in depth about why I picked this organisation in particular.

charity doge

I’m so meme savvy

So, backstory: I have been on YouTube since late 2013 and had seen two P4As come and go, drinking up the wackiness and doing what I could to help the fundraising, but never quite working up the energy to make a video of my own. This year though, this year was the year I was determined to participate. I came to this resolution around 6 months and somehow still ended up researching, scripting, filming, editing and uploading the entire thing in one day like the procrastinating masochist I am.

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Decreasing World Suck

Howdy all!

I don’t know why I just went all fictional Texan cowboy on you all, but it happened. I acknowledge it. Now we can move on with our lives.

As some of you guys on the Internet may be aware, this weekend is the Project for Awesome! WOO!

vlogbrothers

Nerdfighters, unite!

The Project for Awesome is essentially a not-so-hostile YouTube takeover started by the Vlogbrothers back in 2007. The idea was to unite the YouTube community to spam the website with hundreds of videos promoting different charities. Continue reading

Hello…. it’s me!

Hello from the other side!

And by the other side, I mean the other side of my computer screen where I am on my bed doing the typing thing and wondering whether I will ever get Adele out of my head (not that I’m really trying too hard to make that a reality).

If you’ve somehow found your way over to my spanking new blog, then I assume you know who I am. What a narcissistic assumption. What if you’ve ended up here after spiralling through the rabbit hole at 4am and you have no idea who I am or how you got here?

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