Update 20 October – Please Spread the Word

Posted: October 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

I’ve been honoured to read the entries that have flowed in so far, some very bleak and moving. They’ve come from all over the world and reflected so many backgrounds, and yet it’s the same struggle. And made me realise that stigma and power can also be linked to immigration and alienation. There is no Shangri-La country out there where everybody is happy. With the possible expection of Bhutan, where apparently it’s mandated in law, but I don’t know a lot about that.

Some of the entries sound distressed. This may be effective fictionalising, but if anyone writing this is fighting life-threatening depression, I would say please call your local Samaritans, or, if you are in Ireland, the Console or 3 T’s helplines, or Pieta House. I will put some links at the bottom. In the meantime, I hope writing has helped take back some of your power. Because committing words to the page is an assertive act, and I thank you for it.

One thing I will keep saying is that the more subs the better.  We’re getting more in, but still I’d like the flow to become a veritable torrent so we have a good sample to judge from. If you are thinking about submitting, then please just throw caution to the winds and do it! If you aren’t interested in writing, but know other people who might, then please promote this page in their direction. Entry is free and there is no catch.


Currently the plan is to deliberate the shortlist over end of November, inform shortlistees in December, and have the award ceremony in early January, in Dublin. I have spoken to a friend of mine who is an illustrator who will be working on the e-book cover. I also have the kind offer of a mental health professional blogging her own thoughts in support of this campaign shortly and this will feature on the website.

So that’s it for the moment. Thanks everyone!

  1. Aagh forgot the links:

    pieta.ie – Pieta House
    console.ie – Console
    3ts.ie – Three T’s
    samaritans.org – samaritans

  2. Anne Marie Sheridan says:

    The organisation Aware should be included in your list as they are one of the main agencies supporting people experiencing anxiety and depression. One of its services is a helpline which is operational from 10 am – 10pm, 7 days a week. Its a lo call number 1890 03302. It also has a fantastic website which is a good first step for people who may need its service. http://www.aware.ie

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