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My name is Michelle Pugle

I have many labels, but the one that I've always identified with the most strongly is that of a writer.

I started my writing journey the same time I began my mental health journey: in my developmental years. 

The Beginning of a Mental Health Writer and Artist-Activist 

I spent countless hours in my youth writing stories about cats I could call friends. These stories helped me in making sense of the conflict and chaos I grew to expect growing up. Over the years, the cats changed to other characters but I never stopped using writing as a means of art therapy.

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I move between writing creative non-fiction, poetry, and recording spoken word mediums to help explore the mental health crisis in Canada. 

This is personal - and political - to me.




I've spent a lifetime trying to understand suicidal depression from every lense possible: family systems theories, sociological, bio-psychological, eco-feminist, pharmacological, religious, trauma-informed, etc...


My academic understandings have been paired with childhood trauma, suicidal thinking, self-harm, anorexia, fibromyalgia, and witnessing the loss of life over and over again in loved ones and peers living with complex conditions including substance use disorders and the wounds of intergenerational traumas.

I've found my voice while trying to save myself in a system that was not designed for me and the labels I've been ascribed and adopted along the way. 

I've since published three books: a memoir, a book of poetry, and a self-help book. You can find all my books available on Amazon.  

For those curious, purchasing my books through Amazon truly is (currently) the best way to support my mission.

Reviews on Amazon are also greatly appreciated and go a long way in helping other readers find my work.


Even more recently, I've started Mad Maid solocast to discuss taboo topics like living with suicidal thinking since childhood, enduring treatment-resistance, medical gaslighting in Canada, and lessons learned over more than two decades advocating for myself in hope to help others along the way.

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SPACE TO GROW (ebook file) (1)
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If you'd like to help support my efforts to raise awareness about taboo topics and bring light to the darkness, please consider donating to the Mad Maid fund.


All proceeds go toward the mission of raising awareness and flipping the script on how we talk about and tackle mental health issues in Canada.


Over a decade in the industry.

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Creating lasting customer relationships with content that gets clicks and connects. 

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Research + Reporting 

Reporting services include securing and conducting expert interviews, academic research, and longform article writing.

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"My goals go beyond raising awareness.

I'm here to translate the latest research and provide actionable items to help people make
informed choices that enhance their
physical and mental health."

-Michelle Pugle for Verywell Health

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Some of Michelle's faves


Written for Psych Central

Sometimes, others’ good intentions and attempts to support you can be harmful. Denying the impact of trauma doesn’t make it go away — and could actually make it worse. Find out how to cope in a healthy way.

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What is the spoon theory?

Written for Verywell Health

The spoon theory explains the impact of living with chronic illness, chronic pain, and disability on a daily basis. It highlights the differences between living with illness compared to living without illness.

This article will explore the meaning and history behind the spoon theory, as well as the theory’s overall significance. 


Written for Everyday Health

Despite your best intentions, telling a family member or friend with depression that ‘things could be so much worse’ isn’t as helpful as you might think. Here’s why.


Written for Everyday Health

Actually, it’s a buzzword to describe a real clinical diagnosis, persistent depressive disorder, also known as dysthymia. Here’s what that really means.

Mental Health Crisis Lines


Canada: Text HOME to 741741

to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor

In the U.S.: Text or call 988

for the new national crisis line

Eating Disorder Articles

Here, you'll find content about eating disorders written over the past few years by Michelle Pugle.


You may wish to start with general topics like "What is Anorexia Nervosa?" and then check out more specific information such as "How to Cope With an Eating Disorder During the Holidays."


If you're looking for more personal content about my own recovery from anorexia nervosa (orthorexia and exercise purging subtypes), you can order my eating disorder recovery memoir in paperback or ebook at:

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Knowing the potential causes and risk factors provides important insight into how to prevent and treat eating disorders. It’s been said that the earlier you seek treatment for an eating disorder, the better the chance at full recovery.


Anorexia increases a young person’s risk of dying by tenfold, and it has one of the highest mortality rates among mental disorders and a high relapse rate. Learn more here.


Find out the difference between purging disorder and bulimia nervosa in the article featured on Verywell Health.


This eating disorder can be chronic or occur only during times of stress. Learn more in this article for Verywell Health.


Orthorexia, a.k.a. orthorexia nervosa (ON), is an all-consuming obsession with healthy eating. Find out the difference between healthy eating and having an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.


If you frequently attempt to ignore your body’s normal hunger and fullness cues, you may be engaging in disordered eating behaviors, which raise your risk for an eating disorder.

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