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Gillian Smith

Mental Health Awareness Author

Throughout her life, Gillian struggled with depression and anxiety. In a time before we had ever heard the terms 'depression' or 'mental stigma', she suffered in silence, afraid to tell anyone of the darkness clouding her mind, in fear that she would be labelled as crazy. When the depression followed her into adulthood, she stopped trying to outrun it and accepted it with open arms into her live, as part of herself, and the driving force behind the person she has become today. During her darker moments, she found solace in the pages of empty notebooks, where she wrote about her deepest and darkest thoughts, the premise for what would one day become her first book. Writing her story gave her great therapy and helped her to see the path to acceptance. She hopes that by passing on her 'words of wisdom' it may be some small help to others suffering from mental illness, by showing them that they are not alone and that there is no need to be afraid. Gillian has dreamt for years of being able to call herself an author and hopes that one day she will find the time to finish some of the other stories that have been started, but not finished over the years!


I had to read this book as soon as it arrived! I won it in the author's giveaway and it came at such a perfect time. My mental health hasn't been the best so this really really helped! The writing is beautiful and it makes you think about life and how to focus on yourself. I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and have been on anti-depressants for about 6 months now. This book has opened my eyes and made me want to look after myself better and to focus on being happy for myself

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