Sara Bussandri is a writer and published author, she volunteered to share her story as part of the National Story Telling Week event I held online. I’m very honoured that Sara got in touch, not only because she writes so beautifully, but because her story resonates so powerfully with me as a working parent. Sara takes us on her personal journey where her perception of her mental health was challenged by her own life and the life coach she met for that one session. When asked if she could be stressed, her initial response was categorically “No” - read Sara’s blog and see how her idea of stress and her own capacity to live the life she was living, changed.
Andy was diagnosed with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at around 16-17 years old; he wrote this blog for National Story Telling Week 2019 to share his experiences and love of writing. Andy shares how his love of writing helped him communicate with the people around him, allowing him to be seen - this was a very difficult step but Andy says he’s never looked back, that writing helped save his soul.
Let me introduce you to a wonderful Tweeter I came across; Just a Girl. She is an amazing woman, and I’m sure on reading her story, you will also agree. Just a Girl is a mental health campaigner, columnist, tiara wearing cat lady. She’s had a really difficult time in the past few years and she has chosen to share it with you in this blog. Continue reading to hear of her abusive relationship, her addiction, homelessness and where she’s at today.
Andy has written about the trauma of his obsessive compulsive disorder with grit and passion; explaining why he finds it difficult when people flippantly say ‘I’m a bit OCD’. Andy is a Media and Cultural Studies Graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, originally from Manchester. He loves writing, sports and the arts and is passionate about mental health awareness; especially concerning male mental health.
Stella Eden, survivor of domestic abuse and author, shares the last page of her book in hope that it helps other women in similar situations, the find the courage to change their lives too.
For International Women's Day 2018, Lauren Barclay, founder of the Youth Mental Health Matters charity, has written a guest blog about how one special teacher got her through secondary school alive. She wants you to know how easily you can be a Miss Mitchell too.
Hannah Brown, of aneartohear.co.uk, has used the anology of a house restoration to describe the complexity and size of recovery from anorexia. She describes the process she experienced from being exhausted to asking for help and building her restoration team.
Hope Virgo, Author, Mental Health Campaigner and Public Speaker has written this emotional and personal account of how her inner thoughts manifested during the beginning of her battle with anorexia. Created to raise awareness of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2018.