I’m Jo - artist, writer, traveller, mental health advocate, music lover, wild west nut intrigued by science, and renaissance soul with a potty sense of humour. I’ve miraculously recovered from thirty years of depression – a medication crisis was the catalyst, I’ve seriously never felt this good - and I’m chronicling the rebuild of my polymath and adventurous, creative lifestyle on this blog.
I’m networking with other creatives and reaching people with a voice, and those with depression in particular, to demonstrate that this illness is the most treatable of mental health issues. Purely by enormous good chance through the crisis and wonderful neighbours, my husband and I contacted the brilliant mental health team, who, with a combination of medication (known as California Rocket Fuel- love it!) and cognitive behavioural therapy, brought me to where I am now. Which proves that provided sufferers know where to look, help is available. That's the hard part, which shouldn't be the case.
Creating My Odyssey is a great vehicle for my creativity - writing (anecdotal articles - many of which have been published - my epic novel), sculpture, 3D art, painting, drawing, mixed media, digital photography - and also covers a myriad of eclectic subjects, I’m unleashing everything that was previously hidden under a bushel, as a result of which I've had articles published on various mental health sites.
I'm also posting other blog links on my site and would love to exchange links and guest posts with other bloggers, particularly on mental health issues, so if you're interested, I'd love to hear from you. Also, if possible, to collaborate with creatives, too. Possibly exchange blog posts about creative lives and biz, whatever ideas anyone may have. I'm open to (almost!) anything!
I’ve also been writing a humongous novel forever, on and off, particularly during young parenthood and depression, to help keep me sane. Alias Jeannie Delaney is the life story of a devastating cowgirl who’s the fastest gun in the west and also bisexual. Since my recovery from depression I've decided it’s time to get it out there! I’m blogging about it on my site. My husband has finally taken me in hand and we're now working our way through it. It is frustrating at times because it's an enormous enterprise and I need all the help I can get to get it off the ground. 😃 Aside from that, all forms of creativity help distract me from going nuts!
Jo Hampshire UK
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