This project was inspired by a conversation that I had with a friend about the huge benefits of admitting vulnerability. It is based loosely on peer support, in that it is designed to be therapeutic for both the writer and the reader. The definition of peer support is when people share knowledge, experiences and practical help with each other. It has obvious benefits for those whom are being supported but there is also evidence that it is beneficial to the writer too, as the knowledge that one is ‘doing good’ supports self-esteem, self-worth and confidence – the consequence of this being that it increases the writer’s own resilience to mental health problems.
The Real Stories project is a collection of stories written by women about personal challenge or hardship, with the main unifier being a consequential impact on the writer’s mental health. The project is open to all, and my sincere hope is that a wide range of women and experiences will be represented.
This project is something that I truly believe in. It’s a model I know works, because it has worked for me.