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Friday, 19 September 2014

From the inside

I'm stood in an upstairs council house toilet, the walls are 'apple white', and there's a little frosted window to the left of me. The lino flooring is cold beneath my feet, the door is painted white and there is a little round lock just below the door handle.
On the floor is a pajama clad child - she has long, dark hair, which half covers her face, and she is crouched, panicked - sobbing, just behind the door, her hand stretched out holding the little lock in position!
The child is afraid and on the other side of the door her mother is ranting, shouting and swearing, banging on the door, "YOU LITTLE GIT" she screeches, "OPEN THIS DOOR"!

I can see her so clearly, 'the child' from where I'm standing - I want to reach out and touch her, pull her into my arms and tell her she's safe. I want to hold her until she falls asleep and then carry her from the cold lino floor, past her raging mother, and into her bed. I want to sit by her bed, guard her until morning, and stroke her gently back to sleep if she should wake.

If this were possible, would she be comforted - do you think?
Or, would she see into my mind, as I can hers; and know the worst is yet to come.


Thank you as always for allowing me to share

God bless you, and all those you love

Kimmie x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

You had to leave - Mark Storey - Guest post #WorldSuicidePreventionMonth



"My name is Mark Story, I am also known as 'Mental Health Music'. 


You can connect with me on Twitter, here >>  

'Mental Health Music' MHM, started about a year ago when I was hospitalized after a relapse, I hadn't played guitar for many years, but after finding an old guitar on the ward, I picked it up and started playing - words and music began pouring out of me,


Over the duration of my stay I kept on writing about how I was feeling, and about how my lived experience of mental illness had affected me. 

I continued to write my thoughts down over the coming weeks/months, and then, together with a music friend started recording what was pouring out of me. 

Initially we had no plan, except to record and upload to youtube - That was the beginning of what would eventually develop into a well known mental health awareness campaign. 12 months on MHM is known all over the world and I now have an EP, and a single on itunes and Amazon. 

Today, my music is played on radio stations around the world, and this November 21st; I will be playing at Peerfest 2014. 

My heart goes out to other suffers, my goal is to reach as many as possible with the message of recovery. Also, to tackle the stigma of mental illness, raise awareness, and speak out for the voiceless, the silent majority who suffer in silence around the world. 

So many are afraid to speak out, because of the nature of a traumatic event in their lives, or because they have been a victim of sexual abuse, or through fear of stigma, judgement. 

I am very passionate about mental health awareness, and support all those who speak out for the suffering.

Essentially MHM music is about reaching people where they are and being a comfort to them. 

As MHM grows, I will continue to give as much support as I can to those in need. 

Lets fight the stigma of mental health and suicide. 

No more shame!" 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

AGORAPHOBIA #poem


POSITIVE THOUGHT
My hubby, without him I'd be housebound.

PRAYER
I pray for all those who suffer with Agoraphobia; especially those who have no one to steer them through the crowd, Amen.

Thank you for allowing me to share

God bless you and all those you love

Kimmie x