“It’s Not Your Journey” chronicles a 2 year period the where, author, Rebecca Lombardo, discusses her bouts with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, self-injury, and recovery from a suicide attempt, while overcoming the loss of her brother and mother. Mrs. Lombardo’s book sheds light on what living with mental illness actually looks like in contrast to the negative depictions seen on mass media. And while yes, there are descriptions on the symptoms of mental health disorders, like for example, depression (e.g. anger or irritability, concentration programs, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness), through her experiences you “see” what that looks like day to day.
Author Rebecca Lombardo
Her novel provides, in addition, encouragement to her readers keep on pursing their dreams and goals despite living with mental illness. I, myself, who struggle with mental illness have been inspired to stay strong and be best self, no matter what situation or person is against me…even if it’s my own mental illness. I highly recommend to book to anyone who lives or doesn’t live with a mental health disorder. It’s sure to make laugh, cry, and empower you and/or those with/without mental illness. I highly recommend you read it!
*I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review
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Individuals who have a loved one with mental illness can get frustrated dealing with something they don’t understand, especially on a health issue that is highly stigmatized. But even if that’s not the issue, the thing is where can they start? Simple. You treat a person with mental illness the same way you would treat anyone…check up on them with a text or a call, hang out with them, encourage them, don’t judge them… Although, I have experienced little of these things in my life, they place a big sense of relief and peace. Neither I or the other person is not focused on my health, but on the time we have together and what we mean to one another and ourselves.
Although this campaign is done in the U.K., the “#In Your Corner” is a campaign done by the organization “Time to Change.” You may have seen their photos and quotes on my blog, but it’s because I love the campaigns they do throughout the year to decrease stigma against mental illness and to increase the awareness of mental health. Yeah, it’s the in U.K. but the issues on mental health they are fighting there are the same issues being fought everywhere. The pictures are but one of many that encourage comradery between individuals and their loved one living with mental illness and how the both of them have been fighting mental illness together.
The latest one I just made. Hope you like it! 😀