Mental illness carries an enormous stigma. And yet, none of us is immune to it.
We talk freely and readily about physical ill health, but far less so when it comes to mental health problems.
A sufferer can feel intense loneliness, whilst trying to cope with powerfully negative emotions.
Polly had to fight for years to get the appropriate help for her severe emotional problems, almost dying, before the NHS mental health system decided to give her appropriate treatment.
She writes with openness and honesty about her day-to-day, experiences in therapy and provides an insight into how she gradually developed an understanding of and ability to use a variety of skills, principally - mindfulness - to enable her to cope more constructively with life and relationships.
This book will bring hope to those who feel abandoned, and alone with the daily torture of their mental suffering. And greater understanding to anyone who wants to know more about how to help them.
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About the Author
Over a span of thirty years she has had numerous articles published in national magazines and newspapers.
She is also an artist, using both pastel and gouache. 'Poppymania' is evident in her vibrantly colourful pictures as is her passion for the beauty and warmth of summer scenes both in the UK and abroad.
Polly has a unusual mixture of professional qualifications being a certified Voice Over Artist and Swedish Body Masseuse. And in a former life she was a teacher in the UK, Canada, Gibraltar and Iran.
She had a brief spell as a nanny to two small children in Paris when she was twenty-three. It was during this six- months period that she fell in love with this magnificent city, its culture, cuisine and people.
She is married(she met her husband in Gibraltar), has five children and currently divides her time between Yorkshire and Paris . She speaks English, French and German.
To find out more about Polly, her books, her art and her most recently published articles, please visit her website: www.pollyfielding.com