Everyone has a story…
It’s terrifically important to be able to share your experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly – with someone who shows interest in your life and listens wholeheartedly to what you have to say.
Plight-blurting is practically an accredited form of therapy!
For many people who struggle with mental illness, the accompanying sense of isolation and shame can make an already awful situation that much harder to cope with.
Ours is a fast-paced world, but please, make time to listen.
It’s a privilege to see someone “unfold quite wonderfully” through the warmth of your attentions – and a gift to the other person as well.
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet and author. She suffered severe depression for most of her life.
In her poetry and prose, Plath wrote about subjects that were highly taboo in the 1950s and 1960s, such as mental illness and suicide. Examples of this include Plath’s largely autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, and poems such as Daddy and Lady Lazarus.
Sylvia Plath committed suicide in 1963, at the age of 30. In 1982, Plath was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer prize for The Collected Poems.
Find out how you can share your experiences of mental illness here.