On Mental Health
Here on Medium, what most of us are looking for is a connection with someone who understands what we’re going through.
I don’t know about you, but I can often waste hours crawling through Medium looking for the perfect writer who’s saying exactly what I need to hear. Sometimes all I need is someone that’s walked a mile in my shoes and can let me know that everything worked out fine.
Good writing that’s written by the right people can make all the difference on days when sleep can’t come fast enough.
The Right Writers
Life is tough, and too often we spend too much of it being judged for our experiences. It can sometimes be impossible finding someone that can be there for us, because the situations that cause us the most harm are often the ones we feel the least comfortable talking about.
Health Tonic is a sister publication to Overlords and was started as a platform on which we can talk about health. In the beginning, the focus was only on physical health, but its definition of health expanded over time.
I’ve talked about several mental health issues in the past here on Medium, but I’ll admit that I have a lot of difficulty finding the right words to say.
I’ve come to discover that while I enjoy writing about physical health, I need to be the reader when it comes to most issues regarding mental health.
Luckily where some of us lack the words, others know just what to say. So I’m really pleased to tell you about two new writers who’ve signed on as contributors to Health Tonic.
Their latest and upcoming stories address issues of identity and self worth from vastly different points of view and life experience.
Everyone Please Welcome…
Ava Starr, newly located in China, is a witty and honest writer who tackles the topics that most people won’t talk about at the dinner table. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her creative and open views on life are refreshing and untamed.
Writing brazenly and honestly about sex and sexuality, mental illness, and family politics, Ava challenges traditional views and offers her heart and mind up for exploration.
If you’re interested in sex, relationships, alternate lifestyles, mental health, and the nitty gritty of real life; Ava Starr may become your newest obsession.
Froyle Davies is a visual artist who writes articles about her complicated career and family life. Taking the journey through the ancestry mind field, she moved to New Zealand to find her birth family and discover her identity.
What followed was a journey of self discovery and lessons about what family really means and where she belongs.
You’ll love Froyle if you’re looking for pieces that centre on art, culture, identity, self worth, and family.
Both Ava Starr and Froyle Davies are new to Medium, but not new to writing or self discovery.
A journey with them is sure to bring hope and comfort to anyone who feels that they don’t belong or that no-one understands.
If you’d like to discover more about these writers, have a look at samples of their writing below. And don’t forget to check out Health Tonic for stories that cover health in all its forms.