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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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