I proudly shared my victory over parent-teacher bullying, bipolar disorder and PTSD with a mental health forum, to help those struggling with mental illness.
Kasia O’Shea, a manager at Richmond Fellowship Queensland had requested I reveal my personal story behind Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness and the sequel Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery, focusing on recovery and wellness.
WHO is the Richmond Fellowship?
Richmond Fellowship is a passionate community-owned organization mentoring people facing mental health challenges and social disadvantage. Richmond Fellowship supports people to recover their future by inspiring hope and empowerment.
I shared my “lived experience” with the audience …
“Parents at my school bullied and tormented me wielding psychological, verbal and written abuse. I became severely anxious and sleep deprived which then triggered post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.”
Tears trickled down my face turning into murky rivulets of black mascara as I relived the trauma of my decline and disintegration into mental illness.
Then something unbelievable happened …
A chorus of support rang out from the audience. ‘Don’t worry … You’ll be OK… It’s alright.’
Their compassionate words touched my heart.
I patted my cheeks, soldiering on, sharing coping skills and how I stay well.
Here’s a glimpse of my coping skills…
TOP #5 Tips to Manage Bipolar and PTSD
1. ACCEPT your diagnosis, learning everything about recovery, resilience and how to keep well. Read inspiring books on how to triumph over your illness.
2. CREATE your own personal wellness plan, incorporating pro-active coping skills
3. UPLIFT your day with a morning brisk walk filled with gratitude, mindfulness and positive self-talk.
4. SLEEP better with a calming pre-sleep routine including meditation and slow deep breathing.
5. ENLIST a support team of friends, family, doctors and counselors, who’ll ensure you keep on track.
I’m so proud when the staff and “those struggling” came over to shake my hand, thanking me for sharing my coping skills, giving them hope.
READ my Award winning Mental Health books …
Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness by Karen Tyrrell. My victory over parent-teacher bullying, bipolar and PTSD with *5 star reviews from CEOS and psychologists.
Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery by Karen Tyrrell. Self-help manual with practical wellness advice to how to beat depression, anxiety and insomnia … to find your happiness.
NEWS: I received Finalist in the mental health achievement awards HERE
You CAN manage your mental illness with coping skills! I did!
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