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Michelle Pugle, MA, MHFA

Michelle Pugle is a health journalist and lived experiences blogger and author certified in mental health first aid by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She has degrees in English, Sociology, and Women's Studies and Feminist Research. She is also trained in suicide prevention, is Reiki Level 2 attuned, and has a diploma in holistic herbal therapy.

Top Bylines







  • Ana, Mia & Me: An Eating Disorder Recovery Memoir

  • Space to Grow (Poems)

  • The Work: Best Lessons From Trauma-Informed Therapy


this is the story of a writer 

Michelle Pugle has always been a creative writer fascinated by the power of words to transform reality. She began writing stories and poems in her elementary years as a way to explore and release big emotions. Michelle was first published by the Poetry Institute of Canada in her preteens. Fuelled by the freedom of expression she felt when putting her thoughts to paper, Michelle knew writing was her calling before she entered high school where she would spend the next years writing her debut memoir, Ana, Mia & Me: An Eating Disorder Recovery Memoir. 

After writing her memoir, Michelle moved to Kamloops, B.C. (Tkʼemlúps ) to attend Thompson Rivers University on scholarships and student loans. She took her passion for writing and love of  literature and language to the English department where she studied essay writing, poetry, creative writing, and literature through the ages. In those years, Michelle also completed a degree in Sociology with special interest in health, sexuality, environment, and their existing intersections. 

She took a brief academic break to complete a goal of becoming a professional cake decorator before returning to graduate school by way of the Bombardier scholarship to study Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western University in London, Ontario. 

Her online writing career started shortly thereafter when she began freelancing for the environmental website known as One Green Planet, and then working full-time on various creative teams for Michelle was a top-performing staff writer, trusted editor, and capable data analyst for Diply before progressing into team-leading and eventually supporting the establishment their international freelance network. Understanding the power of an audience, Michelle set out on a mission to create quality health content from someone with a diverse knowledge set and lived experiences with chronic conditions. 

Michelle added a diploma in holistic herbal therapy, certification in mental health first aid, reiki attunement, and suicide prevention training to her professional toolbox.

She is now living in the mountains of British Columbia and has been freelance writing different forms of content across top digital health platforms such as Healthline, Health, and Everyday Health


Michelle also creates content for her mental health blog and her feminist mental health podcast called Mad Maid. She has also released three books: an eating disorder recovery memoir, a book of poetry, and a self-help book based on best lessons learned in trauma-informed therapy. You can find her books at the local retailer Oxygen Yoga & Fitness Kamloops, on Amazon, or via the shop button. 

Go to Michelle's library of books now.

When she's not writing, Michelle is most likely walking in the woods, practicing yoga, paddle boarding, watching reality TV, hanging with her forest cat, and crafting with natural paints, crystals, and herbs.

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