The Power of Sharing Your Story

by Neseret on July 15, 2011

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“We believe that the key to ‘recovery’ is to be found in ‘story telling’.

By ‘bearing witness’, or ‘telling my story’, people discover the ‘personal truth’ of their own life

as opposed to the artificial, theoretical ‘truths’ offered by different psychiatric professionals.

By talking about what has happened to us, how it affected us and what it meant to us, we begin to move towards talking about what might ‘need to be done’ to deal with, respond to, or otherwise overcome the problems of living that others call madness, mental illness or psychiatric disorder.

People ‘reclaim’ their own story as a first step towards recovering the life that they have lost. Reclamation is the necessary work of the recovery project. By reclaiming the fundamental story of our lives,

we take back everything that we are – as persons; the good, bad and indifferent.

We reclaim all of ‘who’ we are, so that we can begin to establish what we can do for ourselves and what we need help with. No person is an island so there is no shame in accepting support. However, to ask for help we need first to know we are alone, and we need to know that we are in difficulty. The hard work of recovery involves ‘letting go’ our distress and difficulty, as much as trying to control or contain it.”

~ The Tidal Model by Dr Phil Barker and Poppy Buchanan-Barker ~

We each have a unique story and path to recovery. In today’s fast paced, stressful enviromenment mental health issues are of paramount importance. It is not a question of how many people are affected but more so the degree to which they are affected. Most people when they think of mental health think in a very clearly defined terms, however I believe mental health is a spectrum. Whether you are an individual who is affected by severe mental illness, or you know of a family member, a friend or a coworker that is affected mental illness or you’re a professional working with individuals and families please take the time to share your story here.

At the end of this article you can click on “Post A Comment” and share your story.

A few quotes about the power of telling our stories….

“Stories are at the very heart of being human; they talk about where we’re from, where we are, and where we’re going. They’re like bread; you need to hear and tell them everyday.” ~ Bill Harley

“Storytelling is the thread which is woven deep n our lives, our conscious, our humanity. It has the power to bring understanding amongst the peoples of the world. Tell and listen.” ~ Antonio Rocha

“When we tell and listen to stories, we can almost feel our souls breathing fully and deeply. Our capacity to see options, to visualize possibilities, to imagine expands and we are somehow more alive.”

~ Michael Parent

PLEASE share your story down below! I’d love to hear from you! And please also share this post on twitter or fb if you liked it! Thanks so much for spending time with me here today!

Blessings and Peace,



{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

shah July 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I so agree, which is why I host the Monday Madness linky for mental health bloggers every Monday – Last weeks is here:

Everyone welcome to link their posts/blogs to the linky so that others may learn or share with you.

Shah X


Neseret July 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

Hi Shah,

Thanks for sharing. Look forward to learning more about you and reading some of your writing. Blessings and Peace,



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