Semicolon Trail

With the bushfires out, floods dried up and Covid-19 easing; mental health and suicide prevention is still a massive issue that we need to talk about.

The semicolon has become a powerful symbol for mental illness and suicide awareness and prevention.

Semicolon paintings have been placed up and down the Blue Mountains.

From Glenbrook to Mt Victoria. These paintings are there to start conversations.

50% of sales will be donated to Black Dog Institue

As people are returning to the Mountains or locals wanting to support local businesses, we want you to visit one or more of the places on the Semicolon Trail. Take a selfie with the painting and post it on Facebook or Instagram

#semicolontrail

@semicolonongoingsupport

Natasha Simon artist with the Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill
Natasha Simon artist with Susan Templeman MP for Macquarie & Blue Mountains

The places you can find the paintings include:

Ebony & Ivy – Glenbrook

DCH  (Dan’s Coffee Haus) – Blaxland

Michelangelo’s Italian Restaurant – Blaxland

InkFx A Tattoo Shop – Springwood

The Bunker Cafe Bar Restaurant – Springwood

20 Mile Hollow Cafe and Produce – Woodford

The Hasty Tiger – Hazelbrook

Ben Roberts Cafe – Lawson

Susan Templeman MP office – Lawson

Cafe 92 at The Conservation Hut Cafe – Wentworth Falls

The Wayzgoose Diner – Leura

Little Niche Nosh – Leura

The Little Lost Bookshop – Katoomba

True to the Bean – Katoomba

Savoy Restaurant – Katoomba

Blackheath General Store & Cafe – Blackheath

Cobweb Collectables – Mt Vic

Petalura Eatery – Mt Vic

Thank you for your support.

If you would like to display a painting contact:

@semicolonongoingsupport

#semicolontrail

#mystoryisntover

Finish the trail for your chance to win a FREE miniature.

A Huge Success

Natasha’s book launch of “My Story Isn’t Over” was a huge success with 60 odd & even people in attendance.

Speakers included Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill, Macquarie / Blue Mountains Federal MP Susan Templeman, Belong Director of Communities Mick Barrett, Ela Simon and of course Natasha Simon.

Expecting 30-50 people, Ela catered for 100, so we were all eating cake and fruit for several days.

A local poet was overheard saying, “Santa Claus is Bi-Polar”.

Please follow the link for more details:

https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/6450054/my-story-isnt-over-book-launch-a-huge-success/

More pictures can be found on:

https://www.facebook.com/thebipolarexpress

Last Chance

to attend the Book Launch of “My Story Isn’t Over” by Natasha Simon.

This book is an autobiography and mental health guide for non-professionals.

When: Saturday 19th October 2019 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Afternoon tea provided including tea, coffee, soy milk, vegan cakes, gluten free cakes, cupcakes, fruit platters.

Guest speakers include Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill, Macquarie Federal MP Susan Templeman, Director of Communities for Belong Mick Barrett and MC Ela Simon.

Where: Belong Mid-Mountains Neighourhood Centre, 9 New Street, Lawson.

Natasha’s 3 books will be on sale as well as some of her semicolon paintings (both large and miniature).

Book Launch

Natasha Simon’s new book “My Story Isn’t Over” is now available in paperback and eBook.

The book is an autobiography and mental health guide for non-professionals.

Come along to the official book launch on Saturday 19th October 2019 3:30pm – 5:30pm at Mid-Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, 9 New Street, Lawson NSW 2783.

Guest speaker will be Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill (BMCC).

Afternoon tea provided, so please RSVP to natashasimon.mh@gmail.com by Oct 1st.

SIGNS

Firstly, I want to say thank you the page, and thank you for bringing so many of us that suffer with mental health issues together. I find it very inspiring reading stories and how this page brings people together. It really is a lifeline. So thank you.

I wanted to reach out today, to share with you who I am and about my work, and why I am contacting you.

My name is Leon Else, I am a singer/songwriter from London, and I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder about a year and a half ago, and just before I wrote my song “SIGNS”. I was scared, I was frightened, and I was worried about what everyone was going to think of me. The stigma. The judgement. Looking back now, asking for help was the best thing I did. I came so close to taking my own life. But so thankful I didn’t. Now I’m learning to embrace myself and who I am and make no apologies.  I want others to know they are not alone. I wanted to send over my new song because I hope this song can be someone else’s sign, like it was mine. A sign of hope to start a conversation and be proud of who they are. I believe music is healing and can help so many people in dark times. I hope to contribute to this.

As a member of this community, I’d like to use my platform and my music to help others. It has opened great and deep conversations with my supporters online because of this song, with many of them contacting me telling me how this song has affected them, helped them, and gave them hope.I know what it’s like to be suicidal, to feel lost, confused, alone. I truly do want to make a difference. I really want to stand up for this subject that is so dear to my heart and I would like you to consider sharing this song with the group to spark a conversation. I wanted to ask before I posted it and I would also love to maybe start to be able to work together and find ways of us pushing, reaching more people, and trying to make a difference and to tackle the stigma, through music and any other ways. Happy to set up a phone call to talk further, if this is something you are interested in.

here is a link to Signs, it’s a lyric video I created:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEfMooRWris