'For Endings To End Beginnings Have To Begin' was written to show how a person diagnosed with the debilitating mental illness, Borderline Personality Disorder thinks. It describes what it is like to be given a label that is classed as untreatable and how sufferers are often failed by the mental health system. It is an amazingly honest and at times emotional autobiography, portraying how a young woman can overcome her 'untreatable' illness, allowing her to live a life that she had never dreamed possible. Teresa wants to prove that just because she has a mental illness she is still a person with all the thoughts, feelings and needs that everyone as a human is entitled to.
About the Author
Teresa became entangled in the mental health services shortly after she left secondary school when she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. To come to terms with her illness Teresa became involved in volunteering and in 2000 won a volunteer of the year award. She is part of The Prince's Trust volunteer programme and has gone onto study a City and Guilds teaching certificate which allows her to run mental health awareness workshops. Teresa suffers from acute asthma; it is thought that the steroids she has taken to combat her asthma lead to a toxic reaction which in turn lead to Teresa becoming psychotic and depressed. With the support of health services she was able to get a job in a nursing home. Teresa hopes that by writing this book she will become an ambassador for people with mental health issues and hopes to dispel some of the myths and stigma surrounding these issues.