Stigma or not, it’s everywhere, and lately, it’s gotten more prevalent.
I’m talking about mental health.
I know this is an issue many of us struggle with. I’m no different. I’ve had depression since I was a teenager. While I’ve been able to get treatment, there are so many others who are suffering.
That’s why I decided to give back.
5% of all my book sales are going to AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.)
While I hope my donations can be of some help, there are other ways I want to give back. Writing helped me during a difficult time in my life. I was married with three small children, and my husband had just started his surgical residency training in a town hundreds of miles away from my family. We had no money, and the eighty-hour work weeks meant I spent most of my time alone with the kids.
I remember sitting on the floor in my son’s bedroom and bawling my eyes out. I wondered if I was the only person in the world who felt so lonely and completely defeated. It’s hard for me to go into details about some of this. I know there are people who can talk openly about it, but it’s still too difficult for me.
Even so, I was able to find a way out. I started writing.
It was a creative outlet for me, and it took away much of my anxiety, and allowed me to escape into worlds where dragons and magic exist.
Exercise, healthy eating, and medication also factor in my continued healing.
Ten years later, I’m still writing. I’m currently writing my nineteenth book, and I don’t think I’ll stop. I love writing about fantasy, about places we can only imagine, and about the human struggles we all share. Writing has taught me that there’s more to people than what we present on the surface, and that sometimes it’s okay to not be okay.
If you’d like to learn more about me and my books, and about mental health awareness, please visit my website at www.TamaraGrantham.com.