I want to be here
"I want to be here" is the first book I have ever created. Self-published in June 2021, it chronicles my journey with my mental health through the medium of poetry, photography and collage.
The idea came to me in March 2021. I had some very bad months with my mental health at the beginning of the year and I found myself at a crossroads - I could either do what I always did and keep going until I completely fell apart. Or I could ask for help. For the first time in my life, I asked for help before things got worse. This was a turning point for me and the idea for "I want to be here" came just a few days after I asked for help.
From that very first thought, I knew what I wanted it to be, what I wanted it to look like and that I wanted to give 10% of all proceeds to Derbyshire Mind. Over the next three months I created all the artwork for it, put it together on InDesign and got it printed by the excellent ExWhyZed Printing.
When it arrived with me in June 2021 I was ecstatic. It was exactly as I had imagined it. I set up my Etsy and got to work recording videos and taking photos, ready for its launch on the 24th June 2021.
It is the first piece of my creative work I have ever sold and I remain extremely proud of it.
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