Conversations with the Ocean
This book confronts themes of mental illness, depression, anxiety, suicide, self-harm, self-hatred, drowning, and suicidal ideation, as well as body dysphoria, chronic illness, body issues, and dissociation.
In writing this work, I was in a place where speaking and writing about my depression was healing, but I recognize that different people will have different responses to seeing these ideas, thoughts, and sensations in print. If you have been through similar experiences, you may find this work troubling and/or triggering. Engaging with difficult knowledge is important, but in my opinion it is best done safely and lovingly, and from an outlook of self-care rather than self-harm. In reading this work, please make it your priority to take care of yourself.
If you are struggling with any mental health issues, I encourage you to seek assistance by reaching out to friends and family, or by contacting one of the resources below:
Crisis Services Canada
Call 1-833-456-4566 anytime
Text 45645 from 4PM to midnight. (Canada Wide)
Canadian Mental Health Association
Crisis hotline: 1-833-456-4566 (Canada Wide)
24-hour toll free suicide intervention
Can provide support, counsel and intervention with emergency mental
1-800-784-2433 (British Columbia)
310-Mental Health Support
24-hour toll free mental health line
BC access to emotional support, information and resources.
310-6789 | no area code (British Columbia)