This book is Anne's fourth for Chipmunka Publishing and in many ways one that reaches out to other people. Its aim is to encourage others who have also experienced mental health difficulties to take up new interests. Anne describes how she took to the pen and computer again, inspired by the Write Afresh Writing Group which meets in the Raynes Park area in Merton, especially for people who have had mental health issues.
Anne describes how she also goes to the gym and tries to keep fit with aqua classes, and took up art classes for the first time in her life. 'We can all learn new skills.' she says. Read her chapter on being a survivor. Read some of her poetry.
Anne hopes you will enjoy reading her book and write to her care of her publisher with your comments. She does intend to write further and would like to hear from her readers. Has this book inspired you or someone you care for to cope with their life? I hope so. It is not always easy when you have mental health issues to deal with, to engage with real life, but remember, it is your life and we need to get on with living.
About the Author
Anne Brocklesby was born in Epsom on 6th February 1951, and currently lives in the Wimbledon area where her two children Chris and Lizzie went to school. Anne is married to David, a solicitor, and he has been a great support to her during the time she was unwell. Anne currently goes to the gym to aqua classes to try and keep fit, and also earlier this year tried out some art classes, and joined a creative writing group. This creative writing group has inspired her to get her current book 'It's My Life!!' together, and she talks with great fondness of their regular weekly meetings. 'We love to hear each others' writings', she says.
Anne is now thinking about the future. What will it hold? In the past she has had an active life working and bringing up her children, and now there is some time to reflect on the past and plan for the future she says with interest.
This book is her fourth for Chipmunka Publishing and she has enjoyed every bit of getting the books together ready for publication. She hopes it will inspire others who have experienced mental health difficulties like herself, to reach out to others and to take up new interests.
Anne is a keen advocate of mental health promotion and hopes that you can read her book 'Let's Hang On To Mental Health - We Need To Prevent Mental Distress' which discusses this in greater detail. Mental health promotion is informing people about wellbeing, and how they can look after their mental health, with positive policies in place for the mental health of the nation. Every year on October 10th there is a world mental health day. Anne's other two books are about her journey through manic depression and the third one, the sequel, deals with 'Moving On From Depresssion'.