Bell Let's Talk Day Inspires Independent Publisher
One independent publisher is hoping to keep the conversations about mental health going all year long.
Wintertickle Press is blowing open the door on mental health stigma with their newest anthology, Brainstorm Revolution. The book, brainchild of Courtney Taylor, Natalie Harris, and Heather Down, is a collection of powerful and creative first-person true stories that allow a glimpse into the life of those who suffer from mental health challenges and into the minds of those who strive for mental wellness. The universal themes of love, loss, and triumph make this a fascinating read for anybody.
There are just under 40 contributors to this work, including people from a wide variety of ages and occupations—
The book is divided into three chapters: Love, Evolution, and Revolution. Love features stories of acceptance and kindness. Evolution is a chapter about personal turning points and shifts of perspective. Revolution shares stories of change-makers who influence our society as a whole. All of these short, slice-of-life stories hit on a wide variety of topics including: anxiety, depression, kindness, acceptance, bipolar disorder, transgender, psychotic breaks, self-care, suicide, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, autism, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, fear of abandonment, service dogs, coping strategies, change in legislation, fundraising, equine assisted learning, LGBTQ, postpartum depression, trauma, and war.
Although these topics may seem heavy, the book focusses on positive change and growth, leaving the reader with a strong sense of optimism and hope. Professional writer Teresa Hedley reiterates this point when she says, "I felt two things I didn't know I could feel at the same time—weighted and buoyed. The collection takes you in both directions. And in the end, I felt changed, enlightened. Like I had walked in naive and come out of it wiser and inspired."
Retired Corporal Matthew Heneghan, a former medic in the Canadian Armed Forces, talks about Brainstorm Revolution in his podcast A Medic's Mind, "When you are reading someone's story, it's not like you are reading someone's story. It is as though they are sitting down with you, telling you their story, telling you their experiences. That's a rare read when you can pick up a book and have the book read itself to you."
To celebrate the publication, Wintertickle Press is currently scheduling Ontario book signings. The list is quickly expanding, so please check Wintertickle Press on social media for the most up-to-date information. Currently, January bookings are as follows:
January 26, 2019 Chapters South Keys, Ottawa 11-4 pm
March 2, 2019 Chapters Eglinton/Yonge St. Toronto, 12-4 pm
March 3, 2019 Chapters Oshawa, 12-4 pm
The book is currently available through Indigo, Amazon, and select independent bookstores.
Title: Brainstorm Revolution: True Mental Health Stories of Love, Personal Evolution, and Cultural Revolution
Authors: Heather Down, Natalie Harris, Courtney Taylor et. al.
Publisher: Wintertickle Press
Format/Trim Size: Softcover 6 x 9 inches