Each year, mental health is recognised by World Mental Health Day. It’s a time to come together and talk about mental health and mental illness.
The best thing I can do, apart from keep posting my blogs on this site, is to give the gift of my story of mental health and mental illness. I wrote two memoirs ‘My Alien Self: My Journey Back to Me’ which begins with my birth to adulthood, with lots of adventures and my experiences of Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Abuse, Rape, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Paranoia, Psychosis, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and various talking therapies such as CBT as well as my mums Catatonic Schizophrenia and stigma. The second, ‘39’ is me aged 39 with flashbacks to the past and my continuing recovery back to mental health. Both are well reviewed and, although shocking at times, they are inspiring reads.
Available on Amazon, you will be able to download both of them for FREE from Wednesday 8th October to Friday 10th October inclusive. Just click on the links to find them on Amazon.
Things we can discuss:
- Our experiences of mental health issues
- Experiences of others’ mental health issues
- How we can beat stigma and treat people with mental illness with respect
- How we can empathise better with those who have mental illness
And lots more!
So get talking today!
I am adding here that we were told this week in my Analytical Group therapy that cuts are being made for Psychotherapy and we do not know how long our group will last. More people will be unable to get the life changing, or even life saving therapy that they need then! Disgusting!
Still, I shall continue with my counselling course and hope one day to be one of those who can help others 🙂