Stuck in my head: Stories from survivors

Hi everyone and thank you again for visiting my blog.

Today I wish to give a review of a fabulous zine that was created by the talented Lauren Chessebi called “Stuck in my head: Stories from survivors. The zine is about mental health and various topics of mental health are discussed.

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2 of the things that I like about this zine is that multiple people have contributed therefore the reader sees multiple ways that mental health can effect different people. I also love that they have used different methods to tell their story such as Art, poetry and story telling. I feel this adds a bit of creativity and a bit of variety which is what lots of readers want as it helps to keep them interested.

The zine also includes a letter from Hannah Rainey titled “To the one who never gave up (again another great blogger who recently won a blogging award) where she describes the qualities of someone who didn’t give up on her and thanks them. I want to share this letter with you because I feel I can really relate to this letter as when I was unwell I had a friend who didn’t give up on me and some of the qualities he had Hannah talks about here.

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2 other pieces that really affected me was written by Amy Smith and Sarah-Louise Kelly where they talk about their experiences with depression. What I really liked about these pieces is that they talk about what they did to help themselves to get better. I mention this because to get better a person has to make a little effort themselves however hard it is and from this piece I feel they both have done that. The steps they made may not be for everyone but she did get better and a piece likes this offers hope and encouragement.IMG_0649

 

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Below is the example of some of thee artwork creatively illustrated by Sian but I like this because they show both a dark and light cloud. I feel the dark cloud illustrates depression but the light cloud illustrates hope (something which is key)

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Below is also a piece by Lauren herself called “To Sonder” Love this piece because it makes me think about things that I had never really considered. It makes me think about how we don’t know what problems others have in particular strangers which I think sub-consciously gives us a message to be kind to one another even if someone annoys you. Below is Lauren’s text and there are some beautiful words and advice lying in this piece.

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All the people who have contributed to this zine have done a great and the fact that they are all survivors show hope and encouragement to anyone suffering with any illness physical or mental that life can get better!

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Below are the Twitter, blog and Lauren’s Etsy store details where you can purchase the zine for everyone I have discussed in this review. Go give them support and read their blogs because they are all fabulous:

Lauren: https://twitter.com/laurenevie_  http://www.laurenevie.co.uk/ and https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/471464243/stuck-in-my-head-stories-from-survivors?ref=shop_home_active_1

Hannah: https://twitter.com/hannahrainey_and http://littlethoughtsblog.com/

Amy: https://twitter.com/amyjanesmith and http://amyjanesmith.blogspot.co.uk/

Sarah: https://twitter.com/sarahvulgaris and https://www.maketinychanges.co.uk/

Sian: https://twitter.com/siantweets and http://www.sianblogs.co.uk/

Thanks for reading!

Faisal

 

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23 Comments

  1. Wow, this is such a lovely idea! I love that fact is a collaborative piece, and there are various forms of writing and work, such an excellent piece! I hope that reading through has helped you in some way.. ☺️

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