A few months ago I decided to write an ebook on mental illness. The idea then stayed stagnant in my mind and nothing really happened with it. A few weeks ago I couldn’t sleep and I started a mind map of what I wanted involved in the book. I realised that there really is so much involved in the mental health field.
I then sat with it for a few more weeks, looking around at things that were available already and where my product (even writing that sounds scary!) would fit in the market. I realised that I had one fundamental flaw with my plan…I’m not an expert. While this sounds like I gave up on the idea, I didn’t, it just meant that I need to rethink the idea and where I wanted to go with it.
This redirection meant that I had decided to scrap the information sections of the ebook and stick with a purely personal approach. All of the information that I would be gathering would be from websites, which is fine when it’s here on the blog and I can include the relevant links here and now, but it didn’t really sit right with me to do this in a book form.
‘Why on earth is she telling us this?’ I can hear you say to yourself. Well, I kind of need your help. You see while I do have a story to tell of my own mental health issues, I don’t really have the inkling to want to sit down and tell my whole story, from the beginning to the end. I much prefer to do it here in short (most of the time anyway) punchy blog posts. I can also only tell the story of my mental illnesses, while this could be helpful for those who have BPD or depression, these aren’t the only mental illnesses out there.
This is where you, the readers and people you know come in. I want your stories, your struggles, your experiences of dealing with mental illnesses. My hope is to create a book that has a myriad of experiences, to help spread the message of mental illness and how it affects people on a day to day basis. I hope that through this book, people who are seeking lived experiences of mental illness can find solace in the stories that are shared.
So what am I looking for? I’m looking for people with a mental illness, people who care for someone with a mental illness, family members of someone with a mental illness, friends of people with a mental illness.
I want to know
- When you were diagnosed.
- What lead to you being diagnosed.
- Experiences with receiving treatment.
- The impact mental illness has on your life on a day to day basis.
- Any experiences that had an impact on how you see your mental illness.
- Absolutely anything that you want people to know about the mental illness that you deal with.
Each story would be 800+ words. Don’t worry if you think that you can’t write that many words, I’m more than happy to help you flesh it out. You are more than welcome to submit a story and remain anonymous if you wish. Also if you have a blog, I am happy to include these details with your story.
If you want to be involved please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You don’t have to have your story written right now, there is plenty of time to get everything together. If you are unsure whether your story can be included, send me an email and we can have a chat. If you know anyone who you think would like to be involved then send them this blog post. The more the merrier.