On this blog I share how I manage to cope with schizophrenia. I found hope through my journey of recovery. I aim to encourage you to see beyond the stigma that plagues this medical condition. My name is Ashley Smith. Welcome to my blog. This is my story...
New Book Redefines Recovery with Practical Coping Tools
Atlanta, Georgia—October 12, 2019—Ashley Smith, author of the blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia, self-published What’s On My Mind? Coping Takes Work, Volume II during Mental Illness Awareness Week. The blog’s key messages bring attention to schizophrenia and how recovery is possible. A popular review identified Ashley’s blog among the “Top 20 Schizophrenia Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019.”
“Coping Takes Work is a collection of inspiring articles from my blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia. My story focuses on how I master resiliency through different coping strategies,” said Ashley Smith.
Ashley Smith is a mental health advocate who has been in recovery for over 12 years. She endured a court-ordered hospitalization among a range of challenges. The advocate’s story was highlighted in Janssen Pharmaceuticals documentary, Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery (2011).
Ashley Smith is an author, blogger, and former board member for NAMI Georgia, Inc. Her new book, Coping Takes Work is available on Amazon in the Kindle Edition and paperback formats. Here are what authors and mental health advocates said about Ashley Smith’s book, Coping Takes Work:
“A recovery story of grit and grace that will empower you to manage challenges effectively.”
—Christina Bruni, Author of Left of the Dial: A Memoir of Schizophrenia, Recovery and Hope
“Ashley Smith’s book, Coping Takes Work, is a rich guide to staying well, despite living with the stigmatized mental health challenge of schizoaffective disorder. It offers practical recovery tips and a story of hope that will enrich the lives of those living with mental health challenges, their supporters, including mental health professionals.”
—Corey Jones, Author of Hope Is Real: I Have a Purpose
“Ashley has an amazing ability to provide insight into living with and managing a mental illness. She allows others to see her as a human being rather than a diagnosis, while also providing helpful tools, encouragement, and hope for those on their own recovery journey.”
—Jean Toole, President/CEO of Community Friendship, Inc.
Finally, click here to go to Amazon to purchase Ashley Smith’s book, Coping Takes Work. Lastly, to learn more about Ashley Smith and her blog visit: overcomingschizophrenia.blogspot.com.
On Tuesday, October 8th I was a guest on The Authors Lounge Radio Show. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the host, Sheryl Grace. Sheryl has experience in the mental health field and was excited about Mental Illness Awareness Week, especially today; World Mental Health Day.
We talked about this blog and my book, Coping Takes Work. In fact, Sheryl encouraged me to read an excerpt, which I did, from Appendix G, "When I Woke Up." I chose to read "When I Woke Up," because the focus is on my bond between me and my son. My son was my motivation to get well when I was at my worst, as articulated in the book.
Now, my new mental health book, Coping Takes Work is available on Amazon. Through this book I aim to encourage my peers in recovery to engage in therapy in order to master resiliency and wellness. My hope is for readers to purchase my book and to share it with others.
This is Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 6-12, 2019. Therefore, buy your copy of Coping Takes Work in either the Kindle Edition or Paperback to recognize individuals who are effected by a mental health condition, and also to learn more about recovery.
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My book, What's On My Mind? Coping Takes Work, Volume II is available in Kindle e-book and paperback on Amazon today.
I am grateful for the contributors of this work: Brian Anderson (author of Beautiful Scars, Volume I and II), Terresa Ford, CPRP, CPS, Pat Strode, Caregiver, Shannon Murphy, LPC, CPCS, and Stacey Walker, Sr. (author of Principles of Biblical Leadership).
Also, I appreciate my editor Sarah Mayor.
I am thankful for the book reviews: Christina Bruni (author of Left of the Dial), Corey Jones (author of Hope Is Real), Terri Morgan (author of The Genetic Lottery), Jean Toole (President and CEO of Community Friendship), and Bethany Yeiser (author of Mind Estranged, and President of CURESZ Foundation).
Huge shout out to my Overcoming Schizophrenia blog readers!
Also, to Jacqlyn Charles from The Women Are Worthy Show and Sheryl Grace from The Authors Lounge Radio Show for supporting mental health awareness for September's Recovery Month and October's Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Coping Takes Work is a collection of select blog entries from Overcoming Schizophrenia (2014-2019), which have been rewritten and remastered.
This book provides a picture of recovery through its many recovery stories, recovery tips, and self-help journal. This is a short read with about 150 pages. There are links and resources for schizophrenia.
My message is recovery is possible, and therapy with practical coping skills can help us master resiliency after crisis.
It says in Ecclesiastes 7:8 "Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride (New Living Translation)."
I am excited about my book and you will be too. Support recovery and Mental Illness Awareness Week that is October 6-12, 2019. Purchase a copy of my book and share with others. It is a great read for my peers in recovery, our caregivers, and mental health professionals.