Why Your Business Should Support a Charity

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I woke up today happy and positive after yesterday's event for DiversityInCare, a charity I am very proud to be a trustee for. Yesterday, we put on a presentation to a solicitors firm about a programme we were hoping to run for their clients.

diversity in care presentationFisher Meredith has many divisions, and is a leader in law - not only because of their professionalism, but because they like to go one step further in supporting their clients. We were hoping to offer therapeutic personal development workshops to some of the women they work with in the family law section, who may have multiple issues which landed them in court.

To my delight, not only were Fisher Meredith very enthusiastic about the programme, but they were full of positive thoughts about how we could best make this work for all parties concerned.

The afternoon reminded me how wonderful it is to be able to work in partnership with others to bring out your own strengths, and benefit each other.

Businesses can actually benefit massively from working with high quality charities like DiversityInCare. DInC recruits the help of specialists like myself, and my co-trainer Malakh Zebulun, to provide clients with expert help they would not necessarily otherwise be able to afford.Women with complex needs meeting

By supporting a charity, businesses can then have direct access to that help to support their clients. In the case of Fisher Meredith, we're hoping that the sessions we provide will enable their clients to stabilise and improve, so they can both present themselves better in court and make the solicitors' lives easier. It really is a win-win situation.

And because, as an independent charity, we are so passionate about our work, businesses can really trust us to do it well.

I became a therapiBeth Burgess Business Presentationst and workshop leader because my own life history made me passionate about change - and helping others to do achieve it. DInC was set up because CEO Angela Edmondson has worked in the social care field for many years and has seen how the most vulnerable people are still being under-served. What we do meets real people's needs, and we deliver with a passion not likely to be found elsewhere.

Savvy businesses can get on board and tap into these wonderful resources. Not only will it boost their corporate social responsibility and image, but their clients will be easier to work with, and are likely to spread the word about what a great firm they are.

Click the links If you'd like to find out more about donating to, or partnering with DiversityInCare, or more about what I do, or the wonderful work of the forward-thinking team at Fisher Meredith.

Top Addiction Recovery Book Comes To Kindle!

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It's the moment I have been asked about over and over again since "The Happy Addict" was published last year. "When, oh, when can I buy your brill book on Kindle?!" Well fret no more recovery fans, "The Happy Addict: How to Be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction" has just been released on Kindle, and is available from all the Amazon sites worldwide, as well as on Smashwords.Russell Brand and Beth Burgess - The Happy Addict - thumbnail

If you haven't read my book on rebuilding your life after addiction, why not? It's got great reviews, and can help you to develop healthier, happier ways of thinking so you can avoid relapse and have a wonderful life after addiction.

It's essential reading for people who want to have a full and complete recovery from addiction. "The Happy Addict" can teach you better ways of dealing with problems and coping with life, rather than using substances. It will also inspire you to look at sobriety in a new and empowering way, and to become a happier person. What's not to like?!

Anyway, don't take my word for it. Here's what Addiction Treatment Magazine has to say about the book: "Dive right into chapter one to find yourself turning the pages almost as fast as your eyes can devour the contents. It's that good...This is a fine book by a really happy addict in recovery. Burgess has a wealth of good suggestions, common-sense and practical exercises and should be an inspiration to many who are now or will be in recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction (or both)."

You can buy The Happy Addict on Amazon UK, at Amazon.com, and on Smashwords now. Even better, if you already bought the paperback version through Amazon, you should be offered a special discount on the Kindle version, too. Hurray and Hoorah!

Yes, that is Russell Brand with my book. And no, you can't get him on Kindle (as far as I'm aware)...

 

Talking Mental Health in The Sun

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I was delighted to be featured in The Sun this week, talking about the mental health issues I have suffered in an attempt to break the stigma associated with mental illness. As part of the awareness-raising "Time To Talk Day", six of us were invited to a photoshoot and interview at The Sun for a piece that showed people with mental health conditions being open about their issues and how they manage them. the sun

Along with me talking about my experience of Borderline Personality Disorder and how it affected me, the five other disorders covered were PTSD, Depression, Bipolar, Bulimia, and Schizoaffective Disorder. The other participants were all lovely people, and I was so pleased to see others doing something positive to promote the idea that recovery is possible.

It was great that we were a range of people from different walks of life. I have used my experience of mental health issues to help in my work as a therapist, and two of the other ladies had become mental health campaigners and support workers. Others were studying successfully or pursuing other positive careers like writing and blogging.

The piece is in the 'Me' section of the Sun dated 4 Febrary 2014. You can get a sneak peek here. I hope by me sharing my experience, it will help to break the stigma attached to mental health issues -- and others will be prompted to ask for help.

If you’d like to do something positive to break mental health stigma, you can the connect with the people featured in the photoshoot on Twitter:

Charlotte: @BipolarBlogger
Tasha: @TashaBenji
Steven: @stevencolborne
James: @jamesldowns
Nick: @nicholasrmcanea
Me: @BethSmyls

Many thanks to Sun writer Christina Earle for such a positive piece and journalist Tina Walsh for putting me in touch with the project.

Learn About Addiction with me on Health Professional Radio

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I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by an Australian Radio Station about the two books I have written on addiction, what they are about and how they can help people overcome their own addictions. I did two interviews for Health Professional Radio, which you can access from the radio station's website.recoverythumbHappy Addict front cover

Listen to the interview about The Recovery Formula: An Addict's Guide to Staying Sober Forever here and the interview about The Happy Addict: How to Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction here

If you find the interviews helpful and want to buy the books, they are available on Amazon in the US and in the UK. You can also get my books on Kindle throughout the world.

Best 10 Addiction & Recovery Blogs

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I am happy to announce that my blog on recovery from addiction has been named Number 9 in the Top 55 Addiction and Recovery blogs of 2014! So my blog has become one of the top ten blogs on the net for addiction recovery information and resources, and I'm particularly pleased because it is the highest ranking entry in the UK.

I find this really exciting news, because it is really important to me to be able to reach out to people who are suffering from addiction all over the world, to offer them hope and help them to find solutions. The list, which was compiled by Cathy Taughinbaugh over at Treatment Talks, was created using rankings from Alexa, an authority in web traffic and website rankings.

If you haven't already, you can check out my blog here. It doesn't just cover addiction, but also mental health, stress and general advice about wellbeing and how to become happy and healthy. The blog features a mix of personal stories, guest posts, book reviews, inforrmation and advice.

Not only have I come through addiction and mental health problems myself, and recovered, but I now work as a therapist specialising in these issues. I hope you will find my articles useful, wheher you're looking for help for yourself or a loved one, or just want to know more about addiction, recovery and mental health.

Do you want to cope better?

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Do you want to learn how to ease your suffering? Do you want to know how to cope better with stress and painful life experiences? Do you want to get a handle on your mental health?

Good, because that's what I'll be talking about tonight on the 'Healing Matters' show on UnTangled FM with Sunita Pattani.untangled

In my interview, I'll be teaching you how to practise ways of thinking and behaving which will help you to develop better mental resilience and wellbeing, as well as sharing some useful tools and techniques to help you reduce your stress.

Of course, the show will be centred around my speciality topic, addiction, so tune in to find out how you can break free from any type of addiction and recover.

You can catch the show live on 14th January at 7pm here. Here's to healing and good mental health.

Listen to the replay here.

Why I'm Now a Role Model

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Alkie. Waster. General pain-in-the-bum. Those were among the things you could quite reasonably have called me in the past. Role model? No, not really. But if you buy this week's Woman's Own, you will find me in the magazine's regular Role Model section.

I was kindly nominated by drug and alcohol charity DiversityInCare as a role model to others - for being a fighter, overcoming my issues and speaking out about my recovery from addiction and mental health issues in an attempt to give hope to others. Beth Burgess and Angela Edmondson DiversityInCare

In the January 14th 2013 issue, Angela Edmondson, CEO of DiversityInCare, shares my story of how I overcame addiction, Borderline Personality Disorder, bulimia, social phobia and self-harm, and went on to help others and support her charity with its brilliant work helping vulnerable addicts.

It's a really good read and I hope it will help to break the stigma that still exists against people who are battling addiction and other mental health problems. And of course, give other people hope that it is possible to recover and rebuild an amazing life after addiction.

The magazine is out on 6th January so grab your copy now.

Special thanks to freelance journalist and writer Rachel Toal for making the publication of the story possible.

10 Top Tips for Mental Health

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This December grab yourself a copy of Rapport magazine, where you can read my contribtion to an article on 10 Top Tips for World Mental Health Day.

While the article is geared towards people who work in the therapeutic field, and how they can keep their own minds and bodies healthy while helping others, the advice will be useful for anyone who wants to keep on top of their mental wellbeing.

I mention Mindfulness, maintaining balance and good ways to make sure that stress does not get on top of you.

Many thanks to Eve Menezes Cunningham for writing the article, which I hope will help many people ensure they are in the best position to stay healthy while helping others.

You can get a copy of Rapport magazine here. Happy reading!

It's official...

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I am delighted to announce that I have accepted an invitation to become a member of the Board of Trustees for DiversityInCare Ltd.

DiversityInCare is a charity which works with people who wish to overcome a wide range of issues associated with drug and or alcohol abuse. The charity provides services for Ex-offenders, Domestic Violence, Vulnerable families, Drug Addiction, Alcohol Addiction and Mental Health issues across London.

It's a great charity, has an amazing success rate with vulnerable clients and is supported by Russell Brand and Judge Nicholas Crichton at the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.

In my new role, I hope to bring my own experience of living with addiction and its associated issues as well as my experience working with people with multiple issues within my own service. I also hope the charity will benefit from my experience being at the frontline of other drug and alcohol servicies, and their day to day running, as well as my work achieving positive outcomes for clients, partners and commissioners.

If you'd like to meet me or the other trustees and find out what DiversityInCare is all about, do come to our Christmas Dinner at Cinnamon Kitchen on December 16th. Your ticket will help to support vulnerable young women, who want to turn their lives around, and their children. It will be a lot of fun and there will be a chance to win some amazing prizes as well as supporting a great cause.

Exclusive interview with In-Recovery.com

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I don't know how, but Mark Leigh managed to get a world exclusive out of me when I spoke to him for an interview with addiction recovery website in-recovery.com recently. Not only that but he got me to agree to write a few words of inspiration to help those who may be struggling with addiction at the moment. Of course, I am grateful to be able to help others and was Interview with Mark Leigh and Beth Burgess
more than happy to oblige.

If you'd like to check out my interview with Mark, have a listen here. There may or may not be breaking news about new books I am planning (shhhh!) and ways to stop boredom ruining your recovery. You can also read my message to fellow addicts here.

In-recovery.com is a website designed to raise awareness of addiction and recovery and well worth a look if you think you might have a problem. Big thanks to Mark for all his hard work and dedication to the cause.


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