It's been a long, busy day today. One of those days where I would have really benefitted by curling up with a good book, but it wasn't to be. We finished moving furniture around in our computer room, finally moved my youngest son into his own room, cooking, cleaning, etc. A typical Sunday without a moment's rest.
And even if I had the time to read a book today, I probably wouldn't. Have you ever read one of those books where it was just so powerful and moving that you're left still mulling it over days later and don't have the concentration to pick up another book? I finished one of those books this week.
This week, I read In Search of Adam by Caroline Smailes. I've read Caroline's blog for awhile, and she's funny and interesting and I adore my Black Boxes widget so much, that of course, I had to read her books eventually. I'm ashamed now that I waited as long as I have to get started!
Especially after I watched this video (see below) that she posted on her blog about self harm, which is a topic that is handled incredibly well within In Search of Adam.
The content of the film is aimed at professionals, at therapists, MH workers, doctors, A&E staff and others. The act of self harming is often hidden and this film offers voice, removing the taboo and bringing real people into focus.
I may have mentioned it briefly in the past, but I'll say it again now. For a few years there, I was in a very bad place and used a lot of unhealthy ways in which to cope including self harm. Though it never went far enough that I would need to seek medical help for myself, I believe this is an issue that people need to be more aware of and hopefully this DVD will open some eyes and raise a lot of money!
I have a copy of Caroline Smailes's latest book, Black Boxes as well, which I'm now even more excited to read!