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

Am I?

Late November, my big toe started to hurt but I felt foolish going to the doctor for a sore toe but the next day it was swollen and twice as painful. So I hobbled to the medical centre. He looked at me and said “you are too young for gout” and sent me off for blood tests and xrays.

The following day I went to get results. He looked a bit sheepish. I do love proving people wrong even if I’m the one to suffer for it. This is the 4th time I’ve been told I’m too young for one of my conditions. As soon as he said the sentence he jinxed me.

So, Gout it is. Life long meds and another notch on my medical belt.

I’d have a bigger pity party but I just had my 5th blood draw for my Iron Storage Disease, which I am too young for. My results from last blood draw weren’t great because I had just had a colonoscopy a week beforehand; because they were looking for more giant serrated polyps, which I am too young for and yet had at least 10 removed a few years ago.

I finally came home to pass out on my new bed; which I bought for my bad back – extra vertebrae and severe disc degeneration (yep, too young to have that too)

I think I deserve a pity party. I’m not too young for depression, am I?

In a few months I go back to the liver specialist. I expect he will say my liver is 64 and I’m too young to have it.

I may be too young for my illnesses but I have them and they are killing me, mentally and psychically. While my brain is still young I’m gonna save as many lives as I can before I go. One semicolon at a time.