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Personal Stories Week: Learning From Personal Experience

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It’s that time of year again when I collaborate with a group of readers, writers, parents, twitter followers, friends, and colleagues to discuss, during 1 entire week, their experiences with mental illness. Their experiences could be personal or professional and focus on challenges, miracles, systemic difficulties, financial strain, failures of the system, and many more issues that parents, families, friends, caregivers, and professionals have experienced. Come join us.

I am honored to have so many great people participate this year. We have:

Sadly, due to lack of space, some writers will participate in next year’s Personal Stories Week. But this year we’ll have 5 touching stories focusing on mental illness. You will hear a story about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and unethical practices in the field of mental health. The Twitter hashtag for this week’s stories will be: #PersonalStoriesWeek. Please feel free to share the stories here and contribute your own story in the comments section. You may also ask Dr. Russ questions on the comments section of his article.


Last year, Personal Stories Week was a great success and many people emailed, twittered, and pinned the many stories that were posted/shared. We had stories from Canada, the Netherlands, the USA, and even the UK. Their great voices not only expressed their deepest hurts and disappointments, but their courage, strength, and knowledge. The writers were very special to Personal Stories Week last October because many were mothers, sufferers, friends, siblings, and advocates. They knew firsthand about the challenges faced, the depressing moments, the not so depressing moments, and the losses that many parents, families, caregivers, and friends experience at the hands of mental illness.


Beginning August 18-24, we’ll have 5 contributors share their personal stories with us again. Some of last year’s writers will be included as well. I will also include an article focusing on what to do in the event you come across unethical practices in mental health settings.

Each day, you will be able to read a new story and share your questions and comments with the writers. I encourage you to communicate with these contributors – ask questions, share your story, give advice/suggestions, or offer a word of encouragement. We’re a community here! We’re suppose to connect with each other. This year we have a mother whose son struggles with paranoid schizophrenia, another mother whose son struggles with bipolar disorder, a mother and survivor of suicide who has started her own organization, and a sister whose brother found himself lost in his own severe mental illness.


As a therapist, I have learned that the “community” is what builds support, helps strengthen bonds, and encourages the weakest hearts to remain invested in the journey. My goal, with Personal Stories Week, is to offer you encouragement, support, and knowledge about other’s struggles. Just knowing that you are not alone and that other people are fighting this battle with you, can make a world of difference.


If you are following us next week don’t forget to use the Twitter hashtag #PersonalStoriesWeek.


To see last year’s stories, visit the following:

Facing Suicide & Grief – Tina Davies

A Mother’s Journey With Suicide – Penny Knapp

Mental Health Awareness Week: Learning From Personal Experience – Introduction

A Sister’s Journey With Mental Illness – Sandra Laing

A Personal Experience: Conquering Anxiety – Julia Cardoso


Photo credit: Jenny Erickson

Personal Stories Week: Learning From Personal Experience

Támara Hill, MS, LPC

Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC, is a licensed therapist and certified trauma professional, in private practice, who specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from mood disorders, trauma, and disruptive behavioral disorders. She also provides international consultations and works with some young and older adults struggling with grief & loss or life transitions. Hill strives to help clients to realize and actualize their strengths in their home environments and in their relationships within the community. She credits her career passion to a “divine calling” and is internationally recognized for corresponding literary works as well as appearances on radio and other media platforms. She is an author, family consultant, Keynote speaker, and founder of Anchored Child & Family Counseling. Visit her at Anchored-In-Knowledge or Twitter and Youtube Youtube If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth family consultation, feel free to let me know.

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Hill, T. (2014). Personal Stories Week: Learning From Personal Experience. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 15, 2019, from


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