Saturday, October 12, 2019

10-12-2019 Press Release for Coping Takes Work


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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.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

My Interview on The Authors Lounge Radio Show

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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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Coping Takes Work is Available on Amazon

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.

Thank you.

Monday, October 7, 2019

At A Glance: Book Review on Coping Takes Work by Terri Morgan

“Ashley Smith is proof that it is possible to thrive despite living with a devastating brain disorder. Smith shares her experiences, including the ups and downs of her health through the years, in her new book, What's On My Mind: Coping Takes Work. This slim, well written volume provides a blueprint for living well with schizophrenia. Loaded with information, resources, and practical advice for coping with a severe and persistent mental disorder, Smith has created an essential guide for anyone who is living with schizophrenia, or loves someone who is.

The book includes a collection of entries from Smith's award winning blog that have been chosen and rewritten especially for this volume. The result is a user friendly guide crafted by a woman who has dedicated her life to helping others recover from their own health challenges. Smith writes clearly and honestly about her own mental health experiences, providing readers with an insiders' understanding about her journey. She openly addresses her recovery, her challenges, and even her setbacks in a straightforward manner. Her matter of fact approach makes this book comfortable, engaging, and authentic.

Smith does not sugar coat the challenges to recovery. The title alone illustrates the difficulty of living with an invisible illness. Coping does take work, but Smith helps make that task more manageable by clearly outlining what has worked for her, and many others. Along with tips on a variety of topics, including how to recognize warning signs and triggers, draft an Psychiatric Advance Directive, regain control after a crisis, and work with a support team, Smith encourages readers to draft their own, customized action plan for recovery. To facilitate readers, the book includes questions to prompt health consumers to explore their own situations, and take charge of their own recovery.

Coping Takes Work also includes recovery stories by certified peer specialists and a caregiver. It also provides links and resources about schizophrenia and related mental health conditions. The book is an excellent resource for consumers, as well as social workers, therapists, family members and anyone who is interested in learning about the challenges facing so many people in our society today.”


—Terri Morgan,

Author of The Genetic Lottery: A Novel Look at Schizophrenia.

At A Glance: Book Review on Coping Takes Work

I will release my new book, What's On My Mind? Coping Takes Work, Volume II this month. Here are what mental health advocates and authors are saying about the book:

“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 

Christina Bruni is an author, blogger, and activist.


“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 

Corey Jones is an author, blogger, and certified peer specialist from Atlanta, Georgia.


“An essential guide for anyone who is living with schizophrenia, Coping Takes Work provides a practical blueprint for recovering from a serious brain disorder.”

—Terri Morgan, Author of The Genetic Lottery: A novel look at Schizophrenia

Terri Morgan is the author and co-author of eight non-fiction books. Playing the Genetic Lottery, which is about a family effected by schizophrenia, is her first novel.


“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.

Jean Toole is the President and CEO of Community Friendship, Inc. (CFI), a comprehensive provider of recovery oriented services for adults with mental illnesses in the metropolitan Atlanta.


“Ashley Smith is a champion of recovery from schizophrenia, and her writing is relevant and inspiring. According to Ashley, "Recovery demands more than medication, it requires hard work." This book is a useful tool to help readers do the work necessary to successfully cope with schizophrenia, achieving a higher level of recovery and a better life. Coping Takes Work provides helpful suggestions for persons with schizophrenia to start meaningful conversations with their doctor, and is also a great resource for members of a treatment team, including social workers and clinicians. The information presented in this book will also help the reader better understand the experience of schizophrenia, and this will shatter the stigma.”

—Bethany Yeiser, Author of Mind Estranged: My Journey from Schizophrenia and Homelessness to Recovery, and President of CURESZ Foundation 

Bethany Yeiser is President of the CURESZ Foundation, which provides education about underutilized and cutting-edge medications and treatments for schizophrenia. CURESZ features stories of schizophrenia survivors who are not just recovered, but thriving despite a past diagnosis of schizophrenia. 


Coping Takes Work will become available on Amazon October 2019.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Radio Interview on the Authors Lounge with Sheryl Grace

Authors Lounge Radio Show
with Sheryl Grace
This is Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 6-12, 2019 and I will be on the Authors Lounge Radio Show to discuss my new mental health book, What's On My Mind? Coping Takes Work, Volume II. 

My interview with Sheryl Grace will be live on the Fishbowl Radio Network, Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4PM Central Time or 5PM Eastern Time. To listen go online to https://fbrn.us/ and stroll down to click on "Grey Stream."

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10-05-2019 Press Release for Coping Takes Work


For Immediate Release 

Contact: EMM Enterprise, LLC 

Blogger Inspires People with Mental Illness by Promoting Coping Tools: New Book Details How to Live Well in Recovery

Atlanta, Georgia—October 5, 2019—Ashley Smith, author of the blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia, publishes her second book, What’s On My Mind? Coping Takes Work, Volume II that is forthcoming in October 2019. This book is a collection of blog articles that focuses on recovery. 

Through the Overcoming Schizophrenia blog, Ashley candidly shares her journey with schizophrenia as an advocate and peer in recovery. Her blog focuses on a wide range of topics such as the benefits of therapy and practical coping techniques to maintain wellness. 

Countless doctors recommend medication to support mental health recovery. However, few people discuss ways to live well in recovery. Ashley has been in recovery for over 12 years and endured self-stigma, discrimination, and court-ordered hospitalization. Her new book, What’s On My Mind? Coping Takes Work, Volume II, will become available on Amazon in October 2019. 

“An essential guide for anyone who is living with schizophrenia, Coping Takes Work provides a practical blueprint for recovering from a serious brain disorder.”


“Ashley Smith is a champion of recovery from schizophrenia, and her writing is relevant and inspiring… Coping Takes Work is a great resource for social workers and clinicians… The information presented in this book will also help the reader better understand the experience of schizophrenia, and this will shatter the stigma.”


Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6-12, 2019. This national mental health awareness week was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of the efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ashley Smith is a mental health advocate, blogger, and former board member for NAMI Georgia, Inc. To learn more about Ashley Smith and the new book, visit her blog at https://overcomingschizophrenia.blogspot.com. 


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