I compile this manuscript of personal experiences with mental illness for free distribution to Carers, Consumers, Educators and Clinicians, in hope of increasing awareness, understanding and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and would benefit greatly from your story. Most contributors indicate it was a very therapeutic exercise writing about their experiences with mental illness.
The manuscript is called Glimpses and a free updated version is distributed electronically quarterly (if new stories have been received). Several Universities use this manuscript as a course resource, it is posted on websites nationally and internationally. So only submit your story if you are happy for it to be distributed and forwarded freely.
If you haven’t already done so, I am inviting you to submit your Consumer or Carer story on your personal experiences with: – Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Anorexia, Post Natal Depression, Hearing Voices, Any other MI I have overlooked.
The average length of stories are 6 to 15 pages. However I do have those that are 4 pages, (minimum accepted, narrow margins, size 12 Arial font, single line spacing)
People have told of the lead up to diagnosis, dealing with MH Services, medication issues, identifying triggers, working towards recovery and coping strategies. What and how much you want to share is up to you. Use your whole name, first name or a pseudonym, the choice is yours; but please know that your story, however you present it, could make a difference in how the world sees us. See below for my contact details.
Glimpses & Minds Unleashed are distributed free of charge and encouraged to be printed, forwarded, added to websites, used as a training resource, as long as excerpts and content of the stories are not changed. If you are not happy for this to happen, I will not be able to include your submission.
I also compile a collection of poetry for distribution in pdf format. So if you have always wanted to share your talent, now is the time to do so.
Minds Unleashed is distributed for free to Carers, Consumers, Educators and Clinicians, in hope of increasing awareness and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and it would benefit greatly from your poetry.
Several Uni’s/training organisations use this manuscript as a course resource. Minds Unleashed reaches people all over Australia and some other countries. So only submit your poetry if you are happy for it to be distributed and forwarded freely.
Email or post your submission to:-
Mental Health Advocate
c/o 43 Browallia Drive
Rose Park Vic 3214
firstname.lastname@example.org email submissions preferred
Cheers, Nicci Wall