Hi there, I'm a mental health advocate and social worker who believes in the power of authentic mental health content.
I started The Mental Health Update to empower others with accessible, meaningful mental health information. Each issue contains helpful mental health articles and actionable strategies to improve your mental health.
I'm glad you're here.
After a half-lifetime of struggling and three years of getting my thoughts down onto the page, my first book is final here.
In Search of Happiness is not your typical poetry book.
Poetry books typically get a bad name.
Maybe you've tried one or two in the past--and absolutely hated the experience.
In fact, many people who've read it told me that it was the first poetry book they ever liked.
Because it's not just a poetry book about depression.
And it's not just a poetry collection about anxiety.
It's more a you-fill-in-the-blanks type of book. You connect with it based on what you bring to it.
The words in the mental health poetry book may refer to anxiety and depression, but the experience is timeless and universal.
This book is a vulnerable documentation of something we all share.
And that something is mental health.
AND mental illness.
It's a mental health to mental illness spectrum, and we're all somewhere on it.
The book is now available in e-book and paperback format.
Here's a screenshot from the product page two weeks after publishing.
Poetry books have a way of jolting you awake and stirring your soul in a way that regular writing does not.
If you've ever felt lost, if you've ever struggled with mental health issues like I have, you'll find something that resonates in this book.