“Everyone has imposter syndrome”

Academic peeps. When you say “we all have imposter syndrome” to people from marginalised backgrounds, you erase the many layers of disadvantage they’ve fought against to get into those ivory halls. I straight out stopped talking about my dis-ease in academia because so many of you responded like this. I left because of these words.…More

2008 On’ya Sonja – excerpt

The man on the table barely moved as I gripped the piercing needle firm between my latex-clad fingers, breathed in, out, and then drove it through the pinch of his skin I held between my fingers. More

Sonja’s Look – excerpt from S+L

I remember standing in a dungeon with a slave grovelling near my feet. His shoulders were hunched down and his face took on a look, half worship, half terror, that I remember seeing many times on my stepfather’s face. More

We’re almost at 2500 but what a week!

Hello to our rapidly increasing fold, Lovely to have over a thousand new supporters since the trip down to Canberra. And all that without me doing much at all. Yesterday I answered one of the most heartbreaking comments I’ve gotten in this whole nightmare. A person asked me who they call if they can’t call…More

636 signatures in 24 hours!

Oh, my cheer squad! So many hearts to every one of you and special hi to all the new supporters. I just got home from Shrinkola and realised what you all did while I was out and about! I’m speechless. Tempted to use emojis. Got two super exciting appointments to get through tomorrow but will…More

You won’t believe what Lifeline Canberra did!

To my amazing back up squad, Welcome and thanks to our many new supporters. Your voices will help me get change and every single one of you is a hero. So yesterday we did the trek down to the Canberra EPIC Book Fair. I had invited the Board of Lifeline Australia to meet with me…More

Lifeline is trying to kill me

    Writer, academic and suicide awareness advocate, Angela Williams has just posted an impassioned plea to her employer, Lifeline South Coast, on YouTube. Her video begs them to do something about the year-long campaign of workplace bullying she has been subjected to. In this video, which she describes as ‘Maybe my suicide note’, the…More

Trauma Responses – the body’s way of telling stories

I’ve recently been thinking out loud about trauma and find myself using the term ‘trauma responses’. It’s a shorthand term I’ve developed over decades and so deserves defining for those not living in my head. It turns out that childhood abuse and trauma does nasty shit to the growing brain. I’m writing to you from just such a brain.…More