It’s #BellLetsTalk day. My mental health journey.

Whenever #BellLetsTalk Day comes around, my posting and tweeting finger gets ready. That’s because with every view of the video in the link below, Bell will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives.

https://twitter.com/Bell_LetsTalk/status/1090452040118165504

I applaud Bell for initiating so many conversations about mental health and the stigma surrounding it.

My own journey with mental health has been an ongoing one, and it’s something I work at every day. I first experienced some hardship after the birth of my first son. I didn’t notice it coming on, but knew I was being plagued by dark thoughts and horrible nightmares. For quite some time, life continued. I thought I was okay, just tired and adjusting to having a baby. If anyone had told me I was suffering from post-partum depression, I would have scoffed. “Me? I’m not depressed. I’d know if I was depressed.”

But here’s the thing. You aren’t always the first one to realize it.

My husband pulled me aside one day and told me he thought there was a problem, that I wasn’t myself. In truth, I wasn’t. He was gentle and patient as he explained the things he’d seen, the things he’d heard me say. And then he suggested we visit our family doctor together.

As it turned out, I did have post-partum depression. The knowledge shocked and saddened me. How did I not feel it coming on? Shouldn’t I have seen the red flags in myself? Our doctor explained it was perfectly normal for me not to notice it in myself. It wasn’t a failing. It didn’t mean I was “broken” or “wrong.” I just needed help.

I sought treatment and am so glad I did. Since that day, our family has battled other mental health related issues as well. We’ve always been fortunate in that any stigma we’ve experienced has been minor and mostly self-inflicted. Of course, we were fortunate. So many others encounter horrible reactions and lack of support.

When your mental health is suffering, it is so easy to think there’s something wrong with you. However, the fact is our society needs to be better educated on mental health awareness. We need to learn to support each other better, which is why #BellLetsTalk Day means so much to me and so many others.

We talk openly about mental health in our family now. We have all struggled with it. We have all seen doctors and have had to have difficult conversations with each other. And I’m happy we did. If I saw someone suffering, as my husband did with me, I would have no problem counseling them to get professional help. The world can be a lonely place, and we are constantly surrounded by difficult imagery and messages. I know I still have to work hard to maintain good mental health, especially in the current political climate.

I sincerely hope today’s efforts will help everyone to open up dialogues in their homes and workplaces, so that we can build better support systems and help those who need it. No one should have to suffer alone in silence. Let’s talk.

 

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Meant to be Kept by @afosterauthor.

Congrats to Amelia Foster on the release of Meant to be Kept!

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“She’s my wife, and I’ll do anything to keep it that way.”
MEANT TO BE KEPT by Amelia Foster is available on Amazon from Limitless Publishing!
Paperback Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2VUrF7F
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One night. One too many drinks. One mistake. That’s all it took to derail my marriage.
Now, all I can do is beg for a second chance. To try and redeem myself in a bid not to lose the love of my life.
I’m determined to use every second, every moment I have to show my wife how much she means to me—to rebuild the trust I shattered.
But the harder I try, the more I start to realize our marriage had fallen into a routine of complacency and misplaced priorities long before my indiscretion.
Isabelle is a strong, passionate, beautiful woman—a wife who has sacrificed so much for me. I just hope it’s not too late for us, and that I’ll be able to convince her that our love is meant to be kept.
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MEET THE AUTHOR: Amelia Foster
Books, coffee, and chocolate make up both the heart and body mass that is better known as Amelia Foster. She has been a lifelong lover of the written word, both as a reader and an author, and completed her first manuscript at the ripe old age of five complete with illustrations. Sadly, her art was a medium that never improved over time although thankfully her writing has.
From sweet to salacious the only requirement Amelia has in books she reads – and definitely in the ones she crafts – is an excessively satisfying happily ever after… and then a little bit more.
To connect with Amelia Foster, check out her social media found here: http://www.limitlesspublishing.com/amelia-foster/
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Anything Once Cover Reveal from @AuthorMekaJames.

Anything Once by Meka James
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Blurb:

Quinn has been happily married for ten years. Her relationship with Ian is built on love, trust, and honesty. At least that’s what she thought…until a four-letter word changed everything.

P.O.R.N.

After finding her husband alone in a rather awkward situation, Quinn starts to question her beliefs about their marriage.

While they’ve always had a healthy sex life, it was far from adventurous. She loves her husband, and he loves her, but the revelation allows worries to mount, and insecurities to grow.

After having a candid conversation with Ian, Quinn realizes that it all boils down to one very important question.

Is she willing to try anything once?

The answer is…yes.

**This story contains discussions on infertility**
Excerpt:
Quinn wrapped her arms around his waist and buried her
face in his chest.
“Baby, you okay?”
She nodded.
“You sure?”
She nodded again. “My legs are a little wobbly.”
He laughed, then in one swoop, bent down to pick her
up and carried her over to the couch. Quinn sat in his lap with her head
resting against his shoulder. Ian waited to see what she’d say, how she’d react
to him treating her so roughly, since he’d never been anything but gentle in
their lovemaking.
She intertwined her fingers with his and started
placing soft kisses on his neck. “I want to try.”
He rubbed his thumb across her knuckles. “Try what?”
She sat up to look at him. “More. Different ways. I’m
willing to give anything a shot, once.” She stopped and smiled. “More than once
if I like it.”
Ian sucked in a breath. “Really?”
Her tongue darted across her bottom lip before she
sank her teeth into it and nodded.
“Sweetness, you don’t have to do that.”
His statement was met with a rolling of the eyes and
muttering under her breath. Even after all these years, his Spanish was only
slightly less rusty than when they’d first met. He managed to pick up the words
“kind-hearted” and “idiot” during her quiet rant before she took a breath and
placed her warm hands on either side of his face.
“I know I don’t ‘have’ to do this. The last twelve
years of our relationship has proven that.”
Any rebuttal got silenced by the hard narrowing of her
eyes.
“I want to do this. To explore new things.”
Sincerity radiated through her every word. This was
not the outcome he’d ever expected, but the possibility of getting to have new
experiences with his wife was an opportunity he wouldn’t let go to waste.
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Meka James is a writer of adult contemporary and erotic romance. A born and raised Georgia Peach, she still resides in the southern state with her hubby of 16 years and counting. Mom to four kids of the two legged variety, she also has four fur-babies of the canine variety. Leo the turtle and Spade the snake rounds out her wacky household. When not writing or reading, Meka can be found playing The Sims 3, sometimes Sims 4, and making up fun stories to go with the pixelated people whose world she controls.