Welcome back to That’s What Pea Said… Have you checked out my most recent post: 5 Things I’m Loving This Week… 005? I wanted to share with your my thoughts of a rather moving book which I had the honour of reading as part of Book Tasters. The book is available to buy here should you wish to read it yourself. I was gifted the e-book which is why I use a stock photo within this post… It was a powerful & emotive read.
Before I begin my review I would like to disclose that this book was given to me to read in exchanged for an honest and genuine review on behalf of Booktasters. I would also like to state that this book discusses a number of sensitive and emotional topics of discussion, which may be uncomfortable for some readers. I think this is worth noting however it does not affect my thoughts on this emotional and thought provoking book.
The author shares with us that she is a chronic illness suffer and that she has the experience to help people who are suffering with depression and anxiety. Yvonne also shares that we cannot second guess mental health and that we should never judge someone until we have walked a mile in their shoes. I feel that it is important that this has been highlighted within the introduction.Each chapter begins with a standalone quote and I feel this is a really effective touch. Each of the quotes are memorable and emotive and they allow the reader to feel either empathetic or empowered.
Throughout the book it is evident that the story of Jacksons mental health is intended to provide the reader with a vision of hope and I feel this is something which will be beneficial to us all, especially during these uncertain times. Mental health is something we all have and mental illness is something which affects 1 in 4 people (here in the UK) and so this is a topic close to many peoples hearts.
Without sharing spoilers it is important to share that this book touches on a number of sensitive issues, it also shares what I can only imagine are experiences which so many are subjected to and therefore for many this will be an incredibly relatable read. Another touch which I think is favourable is the information and resources provided at the end of the book, along with the quote and much welcomed reminder that ‘mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income level and cultures. In addition tot his, the book outlines the key symptoms and how to identify when to reach out and offer help and support to others.I recommend giving Jackson a read and I appreciate the honesty and research which has been incorporated throughout. It’s important to focus on the positives and the power or love and hope, there is always someone to listen and there is always someone who cares.
Are you familiar with this book? Have you read anything of a similar nature? Let chat in the comments xo
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