There is nothing more profoundly comforting than the knowledge that you aren't alone. Below you will find the real stories of real women. We are all bound by a common thread.

** Please note that these stories may be uncomfortable reading. Take care. **

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.

We all have challenges and hardships to overcome. Our circumstances differ, but if you have enough honest conversations you’ll discover that we are all more alike than appearances may suggest.


Would you like to share your story – or even just a piece of it? Click the button below. I’d love to hear from you. *I find that writing has huge therapeutic value, as does voicing something difficult. It almost instantly feels like a release and over time it will help whatever it is to lose it’s power. All of this being said, if you want to speak anonymously that’s ok too. You also don’t need to be a professional writer.