Well, I’ve been a busy girl! My next novel will be released tomorrow by Decandent Publishing! I’m thrilled to introduce Trapped by a Song. You can read all about it on my romance novelist website: www.NicolePouchet.com. In the meantime, today is the last chance to enter the contest to win one of three FREE copies of the book.
Just head on over to the contest and help me promote. Oh, and if you’re interested in romance, it’s probably a good idea to sign up for the blog over on Nicole Pouchet. Lots of info coming up soon over there. Thanks in advance!
Today is National Day Without Stigma! I’m sharing some information put together by Active Minds. I hope you’ll join in and spread the word…
National Day Without Stigma is a program of Active Minds, Inc. that falls during Mental Health Awareness Week (October 5-11, 2014). National Day Without Stigma is part of an ongoing effort of Active Minds to open an informed conversation about mental health. We look forward to the day when everyone is comfortable talking about these issues.
As far-reaching and widespread as mental health issues are, we don’t talk about them nearly enough. So many of us are ashamed of our mental health struggles, paralyzed by fear, and unsure how to take the first step to speak up about mental health. National Day Without Stigma is that first step.
On Monday, October 6, 2014 I am joining advocates across the country to spread awareness of mental health and reduce stigma surrounding mental health disorders. As former President Bill Clinton said, “Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of but stigma and bias shame us all.”
My specific action to reduce stigma was to write and publish my memoir, Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death. My book is free on Amazon today. Please pick up a copy and write a review. (Reviews help books like Another Kind of Free stay at the top of Amazon’s lists so that people who need it know it exists.)
- The World Health Report defines stigma as “a mark of shame, disgrace or disapproval which results in an individual being rejected, discriminated against, and excluded from participating in a number of different areas of society.”
- Only about 1 in 4 Americans agree that people are generally caring and sympathetic toward individuals with mental illnesses.1
Slightly more than half of young adults who know someone with a mental illness believe that treatment can help people with mental illnesses lead normal lives.
- 1 in 4 Americans have a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year.
Monday, October 6 is National Day Without Stigma. This is a wonderful idea started by Active Minds, a nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health. I’ve just stumbled upon this org, and am so glad it exists. As I’ve mentioned in my book, suicide is now the number two cause of death among Americans aged 15-34. We’ve got to speak up more and get people help.
According to Active Minds…
The objective of National Day Without Stigma is to eliminate the shame and discrimination surrounding mental health disorders by creating communities of understanding, support, and help-seeking.
I’m joining the cause and giving away Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death for free from today through October 6. Will you help spread the word by picking up a copy on Amazon and leaving a quick review?
On Friday, September 12, 2014, Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death had its official launch. My publisher, Angela Lauria, of Difference Press, interviewed me during the day-long virtual launch party. We laughed; we cried; we had a ball for an amazingly quick forty-five minutes.
Along with readings of two excerpts, some of the topics I covered in the interview include:
- How life can “get so bad” that a person would contemplate suicide
- What to do when you’re a writer who’s afraid of exposure
- Why I wrote this book and the long journey in completing it
My mom liked it! Hopefully you will, too. Click the PLAY button below to check it out.
I’m proud to announce that my memoir, Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death, was a #1 bestseller in the Suicide category on Wednesday, September 10, National Suicide Prevention Day. Woo-hoo! It is currently hovering around #3 in the same category. This is great; hopefully more people who need it will get the message that there is another way to be free.
Virtual Book Launch Party
September 12, 2014, 10:45am
My new book, Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death, will be featured along with 9 other books publishing in our group. Sign up, it’s free and even if you can’t listen in live, you’ll get an email link to all the recordings. My interview is 10:45am. It’s virtual, so you can listen in from anywhere. Listen live to win prizes, or listen to the recording later! Registration required.
Robin Williams committed suicide a few weeks ago and devastated me. I initially thought my reaction was irrational since I knew the man no better than any other schmuck who likes movies. But, I quickly figured out my problem and started writing about it.
That writing, coupled with a reinterpretation of pages from my unpublished memoir, is going to be published soon. To be honest, I am scared shitless of releasing this. As an introvert, I tend to safeguard my true self behind a public mask. I’m publishing this memoir of my messy struggles anyway because I think it’s time we open up to the realities of mental illness so people don’t hurt alone. Countless people have survived mental illness.
The official book description of Another Kind of Free: Suicide Prevention in the Wake of Robin Williams’ Death is available, and the book will be released on September 12, 2014 by Difference Press. It has an ISBN number and a cover already! Holy crap, I’m really doing this. More to come….
My business partner and I went to a business retreat in May 2013. Nine other business owners were there. We all had to state our three-year business goals. Most of the women added “so I can take care of myself without guilt” or something similar to their vision statements. We stuck something about “work / life balance” in our goals too.
And then, we got to work. My business partner and I busted our butts getting our merged business off the ground. I’m proud of the success we had. But, the truth is, we both looked at our work / life goal as a “nice to have,” if you get my drift. We even chatted some time later about how those business owners had yoga studios and wellness centers, so of course they could take care of themselves. We had profits to make!
I should have listened to the signs then. Since then, my health has gone to pot and blah, blah, blah. I’ve got so many physical symptoms of too much stress that I bore myself. The point is, we all need to take care of ourselves. Whether we’ve got kids, full-time jobs, a business, a book, husbands, dogs, wives, or pet rocks, there is something pulling our attention away from the most important thing in the world: our health.
So, this is my pledge to myself to practice guilt-free self-care. I applauded, yet secretly thought it was a lofty idea when my fellow business retreat participants said it. Now it’s my #1 goal in 2014. The best way to stick to a goal is to write it down. So here goes.
I pledge to keep these items of guilt-free self-care as priorities in my life. These things make me happy and healthy. And I need to make time for them in my life:
- Coloring with my sons
- Going on date nights with my husband
- Getting massages
- Writing my novel(s)
- Happy hours with local friends
- Long phone calls with far-away friends
- Practicing karate
- Dancing to funky music
- Spontaneous trips to the beach
- Long lunch hours
- Taking silly pictures
What’s your list?
Happy New Year!
I’ve been cheating on you. I’ve got a new blog over on my author website, http://www.nicolepouchet.com. The exciting bit of news is that I’ve finally published my romance series! Ceiba’s Grace, A Paranormal Romance Novella was released on December 1. And, the awesome news is that it’s FREE on Amazon for the next few days.
Yay! They like me, they really like me!
I just learned that my book, The Wind Myth, A Paranormal Romance, was picked to advance to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I am absolutely stoked. There is no better word. Validation is always welcome, especially while going through the arduous query process.
The Wind Myth is one of 400 romance novels moving to the second round. There’s no exact count on how many were entered in the romance category, but 10,000 novels were entered into the contest’s five categories in total. So, I’ve got to figure that my book is around the 80th percentile right now (since 2,000 books are moving forward in total).
That’s awesome. I’m patting myself on the back. And, get ready to vote, because if The Wind Myth makes it to the third round, it’ll be up to Amazon voters to decide from then on.