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June 22, 2016 - No Comments!

Just Like Clockwork

TalkLife Moderator Alice talks about how difficult suicide can be but how important it is that we talk about it.


“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” - Hellen Keller

Friendship is, in my opinion, one of the simplest and truest pleasures we can experience. Having been a TalkLife user for almost four years now, I have had plenty of opportunities to meet people, and to make some truly amazing friends. I also wholeheartedly believe that friends become just as important as family. They are often the ones who are holding our hands and walking with us through the dark.

Today I would like to talk about one particular friend. His name is Derrick. The reason I am talking about Derrick today, is because he passed away on the 22nd of June 2015. Derrick’s death was not an accident; it was a suicide. He was just 28 years old. He was engaged, to a beautiful young woman named Brittany; whom he met on TalkLife and loved very much. He also had a gorgeous British Bulldog named Hank. He loved music, particularly playing the guitar and photography. Read more

February 01, 2016 - No Comments!

The “danger” of hope


Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. ~Jonas Salk

Why does hope feel so dangerous?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot in the last week or so.

Two or three years ago I had planned to do an interstate day trip – about an hour’s flight – not only for the challenge it would pose to my crippling agoraphobia and generalized anxiety, but with the added purpose of renewing one of my passports. Unfortunately (perhaps in some ways predictably) the morning of the trip I chickened out, self-doubt and a thoroughly undermanaged anxiety disorder leading me to believe that the goal was impossible. This of course led to a period of frustration and hopelessness - there’s nothing like the hit your self-esteem gets when you choose to back out of something you’ve been planning for a while.

Last week however, years and a lot of personal development later, I actually did go on that same trip I’d planned to do back then. Read more