This project was inspired by peer support and the huge benefits of admitting vulnerability, and it aims 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 benefits of this being that it further increases the writer’s own resilience to mental health wobbles. There is also evidence that writing helps people to organise their thoughts, process emotions, attribute meaning and make connections.
Stories of Resilience is a collection of stories written by women about personal challenge or hardships which they’ve endured and survived. 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.