WELCOME to Living Expressions

Living Expressions was created to empower each other through our shared experiences.

Starting in 2020, it began with a printed and electronic publication, giving an opportunity for people of all ages to express their story through writing, poetry, art and photography. The printed publication was distributed for free by Dr Mel Baker into mental health clinics and hospitals in Australia to encourage those who have lost hope for 2 years (8 publications). It is now only available online.

Towards the end of 2021, Living Expressions began its own podcast show as monologues of real moments. Guests can send in their own monologues as well as hearing from real life experiences Mel has gone through.

During 2022, Living Expressions launched a new experience tool and a self-paced course to free yourself from something that is holding you back.

Launched in 2023, Living Expressions produced its first short film. This film brings to light social justice issues and contemporary themes that many people have suffered from, including child sexual abuse, violence and assault, homelessness, and suicidal ideation. The film will be released in film festivals in 2023 around the world.

Choose your living expression:

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Sharing our lived experiences

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Monologues of real moments

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Free free to browse, take in, explore, interact, share. Whatever you feel you need. This is your moment after all.

Enter to experience

your living expressions

Engaging all ages to share their lived experience through expression.

– Dr Mel Baker, founder of Living Expressions

Be inspired, Be empowered

We invite you to express yourself through telling your story. You can do so through an written piece, poetry, words and images, art and/or photography. Your story will empower others through community, encouragement and learning.

The more we share our stories, the more we learn about ourselves and empower others. This publication is all about this. We can express ourselves through our stories in a genre that you feel comfortable with and be part of that healing wave in supporting and encouraging each other.

I created this to share my heart and soul into something I know will bring support others; having gone through my own mental health journey. I love design. I love art. I love photography. I love writing. All these have helped me work through my trauma. And above all I love to see you flourish too! Why not share your story?

Motivating and Educating

Whether you have suffered a tremendous loss in your life, gone through horrific trauma, suffered from depression or another mental health disorder, no matter what it is we all have lived experiences to share.


  • Grieving, a natural part of life, a living expression of an incredibly heavy moment. The last few weeks I’ve been sitting in the most heaviest grief I’ve experienced as my adopted dad passed away. In sharing my life with him and he with me, I allowed myself to be vulnerable. I got an opportunity to […]
  • Life is most certainly a rollercoaster. One day everything is going fine, then we find ourselves hit with something that knocks us down. In my experience, I have found those little times in-between we can actually bring some life moments back into ourselves. Experiencing release in those times helps us to have the strength to […]
  • A funny moment. How many times in life do we actually laugh at ourselves? Laughing is a great means of lifting our mood. In this episode, I tune into nature to discover some funny birds calls in my neighbourhood, including "get real" "darth vader" and "excuse me". When I shared the experience with my friends […]
  • For some, motorbikes are a way of life, a hobby, one cannot easily give up. For others, they have no inkling or understanding of the experience you feel on a bike. Enter my experience of riding in the city, on the open road in Australia and on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Vietnam. It […]
  • There are some precious moments that are worth holding onto, especially in times of doubt. They can carry you. I met a man a couple of years ago. This moment was the moment of my life, when I met someone who truly understood me and I him. We had never experienced anything like it. I […]
  • It is 2013. I am in the middle of training exercises on an Australian warship headed for the Middle East. In this monologue, I speak of two events I lived through. One in facing death after months of traumatic assaults, whilst trapped at sea; the other that gave me life when I met an ex-racehorse, […]
  • Being weighed down by the past and pressured to get things done, we can easily lose sight of who we are. Growth begins with being open, to accept failures and celebrate victories, to find the strength within to overcome the war within ourselves. In this monologue, I reflect upon this journey in believing that I […]
  • Heather, a regular contributor to the Living Expressions publication, shares her experience in tough moments to listen and trust yourself. She reflects on a beautiful bird song metaphor with real birds chirping in the background. We hope you find a space to empty your mind through the stressors and challenges this time of year.
  • Have you ever felt stuck? I decided in this moment that I want to find my way out to freedom. I have been here too long! I imagine myself in a metaphor to help externalise what I am feeling inside. Seeing and naming objects around me helped to identify why I am stuck and move […]
  • Anchal Singh, 17 year old writer and poet, reflects upon the importance of positivity to promote healthy living. Anchal has a heart to express her feelings through words in order to empower change. Not only in her own home in Northern India, but also across the world. Anchal has been a regular contributor to the […]


Our souls long for love. A tender touch that can only render inside. An expression that every person craves. At times, we can wonder where such love can be? Love can feel so dim inside a lonely heart. What would life be like without love? For we would not know the true meaning of this …


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