5th Annual Body Image Day

We are pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Body Image Day workshop will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018. It’s being held at a park 90 minutes from Ottawa-Center. It’s for women-only and there will be a potluck lunch. The cost is $40 and includes an overnight camping option. This workshop is based on Chapter 8 in our book Bittersweet.

As a Body Image Movement Global Ambassador, Sara will be sharing how learning to love her body helped shift her depression and anxiety. This will be followed by a guest speaker and discussions. Past participants have this to say about the workshop:

“Best day ever!”

“What an awesome event!”

“I was really inspired by all the talks.”

“The stories that were told were amazing and allows for all of us to think.”

“My favourite parts of the day were the talks and the discussions. Actually, I enjoyed everything!”

To register, please reply or send an email to adamsarahardy@gmail.com

Thank you,

Adam and Sara Hardy

 

Margot Kidder (1948-2018) – My Mental Wellness Hero

I have just learned of the passing of Margot Kidder, a well-known actress and an advocate of alternative approaches to mental health. In 2001, Margot had a profound affect on my life when I learned that she managed her bipolar disorder with supplements and vitamins. Although I did not take charge of my nutrition until 2009, I credit my change in part to Margot’s work.

My most fascinating connection to Margot came later. I learned that the farmhouse where I hold my annual Body Image Day workshop is the same location where, in 1968, Margot filmed her very first movie, “The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar.”

Thank you, Margot, for your bravery in sharing your alternative experiences with mental health at a time when it was not well received in the medical community.

~ Sara Hardy

Forward by Sara Hardy

THE ACTRESS MARGOT Kidder had a very public mental breakdown in 1996. I remember it well, because I was also living with a mental illness. My heart went out to her.

A few years later, Margot Kidder was again in the news, but this time, she announced to the world that she had cured her mental illness with nutritional supplements. I was excited to share this promising news with my psychiatrist, but his response to the article wasn’t what I expected. He said, “She’s doing the world a huge disservice if she thinks she can cure mental illness with vitamins.” I felt such a letdown, because it had sounded like she was on to something important. Trusting my doctor’s opinion and discounting my own, I continued on with my medications for another decade.

I have thought about Margot Kidder often since then, because finding my mental health started when I improved the nutrition in my diet. Encouraged by my original gut feeling that she had discovered an alternative approach to medication, I listened to my intuition and soon discovered other fascinating but unorthodox ways to recover my health.

My hope is that my story inspires you to follow your own curiosity. Don’t be blindly swayed by those in authoritative roles. They may have more education, but that doesn’t mean they always have the right answers for you. Use every resource available to find your own answers. The journey that you are on is yours alone, so take command of it. Remember the words of Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher from long ago, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Sara

~ Excerpt from the book “Bittersweet: Married to Mental Illness” by Adam Hardy

 

Married to Mental Illness Tip #3: Live Life!

Vacation to Niagara Falls, Spring 2018

 

Who wants to get old and look back at a life wasted and unlived? However, the effort of persuading, cajoling, bribing, blackmailing or physically pushing your mentally ill spouse out of the front door is not to be underestimated. There is a temptation to leave your spouse in bed and live a solitary and uninteresting life. Sara and I travelled on many vacations when she was very ill. I planned and I pushed. The effort and the logistics involved were daunting. Even to this day, whenever we go on vacation, we pack heavy with lots of just-in-case items, and I always plan for quiet days during the vacation so that Sara can rest and recover. When we return, I accept that Sara will crash for some weeks. It has not been easy, but the priceless reward is a full life. Looking back, we can happily recount our adventures of: trying to order a glass of water in a British pub; climbing the Eiffel Tower during a heatwave; unsuccessfully attempting to avert our young son’s eyes from the sexy cards laying about on the sidewalks of the Las Vegas Strip; reading the names of the stars on Hollywood Boulevard; getting our under-aged son into see the Phantom of the Opera; and swimming with sea-turtles off the Yucatan coast. When we reflect on our lives, the dark, blank, empty days are forgotten.

~ Excerpt from Bittersweet: Married to Mental Illness by Adam Hardy

 

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