It’s no secret that I struggle with my mental health. Depression and anxiety are my lifelong friends, and we’ve been inseparable since our early teens. Friends? You ask. Why would they be your friends?
That’s a great question, readers. Although they constantly put me down, tell me I’m not good enough, convince me not to wash my hair and remind me every day that I’m unworthy of love and affection, they have also paved the way for one of the most amazing journeys I have ever been on.
In January of this year, I was approached by an Amazon best-selling author and his editor to contribute to the latest book in his ‘MY WAY’ series. At first I was apprehensive: What could little old Ciara from Chelmsford possibly bring to the table? I was terrified: Do I really want people the world over to know about the struggle I face daily? Above all else, I was elated. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write a book, but I never knew how. I would sit and dream for hours, pouring words into little Groovy Chick notepads, and typing furiously on our first computer, pretending I was the next Jacqueline Wilson or J.K Rowling. Something always held me back, though – I always used to feel most vulnerable when somebody read what I had written.
I then wrote a little bit about anxiety and it seemed to have left enough of an impression to be considered by David and Julie to be featured in a book dedicated to mental health writers and bloggers. There are stories in there from countless survivors of mental health. You will laugh, you will cry, you’ll cry some more, and you might frown and clasp at your chest a couple of times.
If you have a mental illness, this book will comfort you. It’ll make you realise that, no matter how old you are, somebody out there is suffering just like you, knows exactly what you’re going through, and has made it out of the other side.
If you don’t understand how a mental health problem works, the writers in this book have bared their souls for you. They’ve welcomed you into the darkest parts of their mind and they’re showing you how it feels in a way that otherwise seems impossible – words.
With a foreword from SANE, a top UK mental health charity, this book really is something special.
Big thank yous go to David Perlmutter and Julie Tucker for opening up such an exciting chapter (see what I did there? Heh.) in my life. I would also like to thank anxiety and depression for giving me the experience needed to fit the word count. I guess this is a big f*** you to mental illness!
The e-book is currently available to buy on Amazon for £3.99, and Kindle Unlimited readers can get it for free. It’ll be available for print soon.
BUY IT HERE (pretty please) x