Mar 4

Charity Book Courage: Stories Of Darkness To Light

In February I launched a new project which was inspired by two people in my life that have struggled recently with their mental health.  At times I felt powerless to help these lovely folk and through my empathy and desire to feel empowered again this idea was born…on a bus journey of all places! I got excited by the idea and by the time I arrived at my destination I was ready to take action. Once settled in the cafe Nero’s, early for my meeting with my typesetter, I did nothing more than jump on a Facebook live to share with the world what I was aiming to do, why and who I wanted to help me.

Two days later, the project was full with kind-hearted souls ready to share their story of struggles with their own mental health in a collaborative book which also details what each person found helped them. The book sales are being donated to the tremendous work that the charity, The Samaritans do. Every story is different as the aim is to impact the lives of as many readers as possible by sharing different problems, from different perspectives from men, women of varying ages and backgrounds. We have authors from my country the UK, Canada and Australia.

The writing is underway with the first author having completed her story after the fully guided book mentoring training for all of the authors involved. Other authors are all on their journey at their own pace working towards an April deadline. The book is due to be launched in June 2019.

The stories include overcoming a long term heroin addiction, postpartum psychosis, living with frequent episodes of Bipolar, abusive relationships and Harm OCD.

Check out three of our inspiring writers in their flow. 

THE INVISIBLE GIRL

You can read my full story here, from when I was ten years old and what happened to me. I was admitted to a psychiatric unit at fifteen and continued to suffer throughout my adult life with feelings of self-hatred, fear, darkness and not knowing who I was. I used addictions to help me to cope on the outside when the inside was chaotic. I finally found my healing and had a burning desire to share this with the universe to give love, hope and inspiration to others in pain.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass

Anton Chekhov