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A collection of stories ON mental health experiences

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“My brain is wired to automatic.”


Gun Noises



When you have anxiety, your mind is a battlefield, just waiting for the right trigger.

Each day is a new war, and you are always behind enemy lines.



My mind and body are a loaded gun. That is to say - in the wrong hands, I am a weapon. In the right hands, I have to hope like hell that I don't go off, because at war, it's easier to ignore the safety. But I like my friends without bullet-holes.



In logic, I find my safety; a hasty retreat to cover. Another bullet melted into my skin. Pulling it back from the chamber, before it starts a friendly fire. My brain is wired to automatic.



In logic, I find my safety. The empty click of the trigger. Cigar-smoke barrel of my mouth, fetching excuses. I am a gun for my own protection, but my brain is wired to automatic. I like my friends without bullet-holes.


If the content on this website is distressing or triggering, or, if you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, we have provided in contact details below for you to speak with a professional. If you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call the police immediately on 111.

• NEED TO TALK? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor (available 24/7)
• LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633
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“Nature’s happiness helps the pain to ease.”

“Don’t worry everything’s fine.”