The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle and Hope

The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle and Hope


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The Silent Scream anthology is a collection of raw, honest and inspirational memoirs, anecdotes, poems, art works and photography about a range of topics including eating disorders, self-harm, childhood sexual abuse, rape, addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD and generally feeling worthless in a society demanding perfection.

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ISBN-13: 9781916341616
Publisher: Maria Alfieri
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Maria Alferi is an English teacher and mother of four. She spent eighteen months out in communities world-wide - reaching out to people, empowering them to find their voices, and help tell their stories in the hope of shedding light on the importance of stepping away from shame and speaking up. The resulting book, The Silent Scream, provides 70+ stories, poems, and quotations from over 40 contributors.

Writer, Artist, Illustrator and mental health advocate - Michelle believes that authentic self-expression is a birth right and that we (adults) have a responsibility to heal in order to allow our children to grow. She is the compiler of Amazon #1 bestselling anthologies Uncaged: The Rise of the Badass and Boys Do Cry and is also the founder of Inside Out Publishing, a self-publishing platform for parents, teachers and entrepreneurs to create children's wellness books. Michelle runs writing retreats, workshops and programmes for adults and children to tap into their innate creativity, and write books that shift paradigms and transform worlds. Her clients have become bestselling authors, engaging speakers and continue to positively impact the world with their message.

Emily is a coach, NLP master practitioner and changemaker. She set up ReConnected life to help rape survivors shed the shame and blame and live a reconnected life. Emily's book, To Report or Not to Report: Survivor Testimony of the (In)Justice System is available to buy online. Emily is also a featured author in Uncaged: The Rise of the Woman Badass and Kintsugi.

Table of Contents


8 Honour My Story

Forgiveness & Letting Go

13 This. Is. Me: A Journey to Empowerment

18 Forgiveness is…

21 Time

25 Letting Go...

27 Alcohol & Co-dependency

31 After the Discard

35 Rejection

37 When Hurt People, Hurt People

46 I Am Enough

50 This. Is. My. Truth.


61 Courage Doesn’t Need to Roar

66 Cancer and PTSD

71 Life is Not a Destination

74 Denial of Pain

77 Inside I Am Screaming

82 Miscarriage

85 It twists inside

86 Coming Full Circle

89 The Lie You Sold

91 Drowning on the Inside

97 Running

99 A Self-Portrait

104 Women Together

105 Echoes

105 Finding Balance

107 Who Am I?

Breaking Free

110 UnShamed

123 Just Me

125 Taking Shelter from the Storm

126 The Dark Art of the Heart

129 Break Away

139 Hungry Ghost

146 Caught in the Web

148 Ugliness is just a State of Mind

151 The Underlying Causes of my Eating Disorder

153 I AM

Escaping Demons

162 Addiction

169 Black Bird

170 Achilles Heel

171 Safety

172 Storm

173 Torn

175 Back Seat Passenger

177 Numb

181 Demons

182 Alone in the Dark

183 Invisible Wounds

184 Darkness

187 How it Felt when You Said…

188 The Unbroken

189 Stolen


197 Transformation

198 Redemption

201 Never Enough

205 The Notebook

206 When there is Nothing Left of Me

209 Restoration

215 Sometimes

217 Mitigating Mental Chatter

218 Knowing Your Worth

220 I’m automatically drawn…

221 Depression is…


225 Claire

233 Anxiety and Depression

240 Life Can Change in a Moment

245 The Better Way to Life

251 Gratitude for Bodies

252 Moses

256 In The Wake of the Walking Wounded

263 Parenting and Mental Health

267 Kate and Her Wolves

269 Sometimes You Can’t See the Wood for the Trees

271 Living on the Surface

273 Imagine

275 Step into the Sunshine

277 Final message

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