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Writing - 11.05.2021- Loving up until the End

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Writing - 11.05.2021- Loving up until the End

These are my birthday roses from March.   They are still in my room. I can’t seem to throw them away. I move them from corner to corner, on the window sill or even on the floor. I keep them on display, I keep them safe. I find them still so beautiful, helpless, delicately holding their pose, admiring their nature, to be roses, at every stage of their lives. Drooping slowly, slowly, and yet frozen dead- their bloom alive only as memory. I’ve drawn them, I’ve got lots of photos and I tell them, “You’re still important to me, I...

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I am a suicide survivor - 30.04.2021

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I am a suicide survivor - 30.04.2021

I am a suicide survivor. All I can share is what I learn while in the dark which comes time and time again. I know that Every day counts; Every breath counts.I also know that many of us want to be heroes but not every one wants to be saved. That helplessness is loaded with so many things. One day the war will be over, but for now, all I know is the battle that is 'Yve', the battle to find the reason to stay, to SEE the Y in all of this chaos and pathway to grace.But when I...

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Looking Back - Art - 5 April 2019

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Looking Back - Art - 5 April 2019

Using Facebook’s nifty activity log, I am reflecting on old works, their meanings and what was happening at the time I created them.  One of the works below were included in the Spring show at Ruth Prowse school of art I attended but unfortunately went missing. I don’t think there is anything more painful than work that goes missing or gets lost or damaged. This especially when you were not even completely present in the creation of it - no memory’s of process but an expression of a truth nevertheless. And when that work goes missing, it is like a...

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Dear Diary - 08.04.2021

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Dear Diary - 08.04.2021

“Even though the battle is fought with my mind, my body responds to it being real, in a very real way. Freezing completely, or shutting down. My eyes will close involuntarily, my legs have pins and needles , like they’re switched off.”

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SADAG Akeso Clinic Talk - Speaker- 2015

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SADAG Akeso Clinic Talk - Speaker- 2015

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group invited me to speak about my experience living with Bipolar Disorder for their awareness program around living with mental illness. These are the notes from my talk in 2015, at the Akeso clinic in 2015. —————— Good morning everyone. Today I'm going to be a bit selfish and talk about myself. I was very kindly asked to speak about my experience living with Bipolar Disorder.   Two things I want to start off by saying. 1- Everyone experiences bipolar disorder differently which leads me to two - we can all relate to the symptoms....

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