At eighteen, Julie started to have panic attacks, and at that point, had no idea she had Bipolar. The cloudy lows and anxiety had accompanied her throughout her childhood and teens. It was just a part of life. Ten years later, her moods swings were so severe, she was diagnosed in a police station, after ordering a pizza and paying for it with monopoly money.
Reading was always a favourite past time for Julie. Through books she studied Eastern philosophies, meditation and spiritual healing, and believes that these practices helped her to qualify as a Holistic Therapist and Tutor in adult education. More importantly, with some support from her brother and sister in law, it helped her keep her family together.
She went on to teach in adult education for seven years, running employability workshop for the unemployed. This also included delivering confidence workshops in prisons, around the east Midlands, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Today she has three grown up sons and works part time as an administrator. Drawing on techniques that she has used to help herself, she is currently working on a self-help book. She aspires to write in the field of Mind, body and spirit, to assist people who want to solve personal problems, improve their confidence and get the best from their life.
Three Insane Poets
Three Insane Poets, is an amazing poetry anthology combining the poetic strengths of David Rollins, David Parkin and Julie Stacey. The poems are all thought-provoking, raw and at times hilarious, and guaranteed to stir your emotions. This is a no holds barred approach to the poetic verse and tells the brutal facts of living with injury and mental health. My favourites are 'Chaos' and 'The Rotting Corpse' by David Rollins, and 'The Worst Lie' by Julie Stacey, all three of these poems stand out for the frankness, and rawness on their delivery. David Parkin writes with such a unique view of the world with poems such as 'When I was gentle, When I was kind', and finally I have got to mention 'I'm Awake' by Julie Stacey, totally absorbed by the clarity and distinct style. We all talk about mental health this book will help you live and breathe it'. Totally recommend it, if you want poetry on the edge.