Keeping sane – lockdown trauma

The news is full articles about increased suicide rates. (France24 – lead article). I decided to act.

Around 30 years ago, I wrote a novella on the impact of poverty and isolation on mental health. After a thorough revision I asked beta reader friend for an opinion. She has come back from addiction, prostitution and suicidal behaviour and told me I had captured the moment. Another reader said it reduced her to tears.

OK. It’s not an easy read, so why am I pushing it?

All profits from sales will go to my local MIND shop in Hessle, once it reopens.

I will also offer them paper copies at cost price, to sell for whatever they think reasonable. This will be at my risk – no sales no cost to MIND.

Please support this drive to generate cash for MIND – Hessle

If you are affected by poverty, you can connect to me via the contact form on this site and choose the e-read A Short History of Anxiety from my Angst and the Beatles Generation series of publications. If you are not a reader, still get in touch.

Let’s make this one buzz and put some cash where it will count.

Back to my beta reader! She put a post out there which scared the bejesus out of me. Lockdown was taking its toll and she sounded as though she was about to throw in all her hard work, putting her life together. I emailed and offered a chat session, but she told me that the act of putting it in writing had been cathartic. Let’s remember that! Talk, write, communicate.

It’s important to talk to experts if things are getting out of control. Don’t leave it too late.

I am not an expert! Go straight to the Samaritans, please.

Keep well.

Published by Clive La Pensée

Clive La Pensée, ex-science teacher, recognised writer on history of beer, novelist, expressionist, dreamer, believer in never giving up, empathiser, hopeful for a future without class, gender or racial prejudice. It's tough and at the moment, one has to remember distance travelled, rather than where we are at.

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