Having a mental illness isn't something that can't be cured in a day, or by reading. However, reading about shared experiences of mental illness is something that is encouraging and comforting when you are going through a dark period. To know that there are other individuals out there who are or have experienced what you are going through right now is reassuring. I know, I've been there.
Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection of books on mental health. Autobiographies of people who have suffered in the past (and still do), research books on mental health and the odd quote book with famous sufferers. Now, not all of the above worked and frankly, some made it worse. But, every so often, you find a gem that speaks to you.
When the video of George Floyd being murdered by Derek Chauvin among other police officers went viral, we along with the world were shocked. Absolutely inconceivable actions from a person of the law, quite rightly he has been sentenced, but that is not enough.
George, the founder of Maison de Choup, asked people to talk about their experience with a mental health illness. The response we got was HUGE. So many amazing, brave and incredible people have come forward with their stories. Below are their amazing stories INCLUDING notorious Mental Health Advocate and Blogger Hannah Rainey (The Little Thoughts Blog) Remember - YOU ARE NOT ALONE.