My First Book Has Been Released! Please Check it Out!
Hello to my loyal readers. You come here for encouragement, solidarity, curiosity, habit perhaps, who knows why you come, but you do. And you keep coming. I am so eternally grateful to each of you for your continued presence here. My blog has grown tremendously in the six short months it’s been around. In that time, I too have grown. Because of you, I am a better person. I read your words- sometimes they are from your own blogs, sometimes they are in your comments and messages to me here, and I am deeply touched by the vast amount of varied and unique souls that have found and decided to stick around at You’ll Soon Be Flying.
I am writing this Friday evening to let you all know that this past week I have finally accomplished a life-long goal. I published my first book:
The book details mental illness and the destruction it often leaves within families, particularly in the children of the mentally ill. Publishing this title was a very tough personal decision. Once you read it, you will understand why. My goal is to bring awareness to the silent victims of mental illness, and acknowledge that it is as devastating a disease for the families it affects, as it is to the minds it claims.
Because of the book’s content, it has aptly been released as we approach Mother’s Day. Also, if you were not already aware, May has been proclaimed by the President as National Mental Health Awareness Month.
As we approach this holiday, it bears mentioning that not all mother-child relationships are healthy, strong or even intact. If yours is one of these, please know that you are not alone. And even if you are fortunate to have a functional and healthy mother-child connection, please give this book the attention it deserves, to highlight a very real epidemic that lives silently inside millions of houses, inside millions of families, across the globe.
According to the World Health Organization,
“One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”
Staggeringly, only about 60% of people with mental illness get treatment each year, according to a 2010 report conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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I am not looking to change the whole world. I am looking to help change the world of even just one child, one family, who suffers silently at the hands of the ravaging diseases that are mental illness.
I ask that each one of you takes an hour or two to read my story, and then share it with someone you know who might benefit from it as well. My hope is this book will be the match to spark the light of healing. It begins with Awareness.
Awareness will always come before understanding, and then it is through Understanding that we eventually achieve Healing.
*The book can be read on any device by downloading the Free “Kindle App”