'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Mental Health Awareness Month: Intro Post

Hey guys, welcome to the introductory post for Mental Health Awareness Month! I can't believe it's kick off time already - May has completely flown by and I'm so excited to get this going. This post is all about the books we're going to be reading, why we're hosting it and a schedule of the upcoming challenges, giveaways and guest posts we've got for this month! We have one giveaway which will be running all month and that is the Donation Giveaway! This is open to everyone that donates to any Mental Health based charity with chances to win a book of your choice from The Book Depository, an Amazon voucher, a Blog of Erised Blog Design and a Katie McGarry boxset.


Guest Posts
11th of June
 Another Anish Majumdar (Lianne @ Caffeinated Life)

16th of June
 Jelsa Mepsey: Guest Post and Cover Reveal

18th of June
 Louisa Reid Chapter Reveal for Lies Like Love

18th of June
 Louisa Reid Interview + Cover Tease

20th of June
Chloe Hammond:  Finding Strength Through Writing Guest Post

23rd of June
 Miss Inga Page Guest Post: MH in YA Literature

25th of June
 Christina Christou: Writing to Heal

Twitter Giveaways

2nd June - 9th June
3 Copies of Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman (UK)

16th June - 23rd June
 3 Copies of Bird by Crystal Chan (UK)

Challenge Giveaways
14th June - 21st June
 Guess the Cover + Giveaway (INT)

21st - 28th June
 Creativity Challenge + Giveaway (INT)

24th of June
Book Pictionary (INT)

MH Donations Giveaway

Where can I donate?
Here are the links to some of the charities. We won't stop you from donating to your own country's charity, it's only fair you support your fellow citizens in this. I picked mostly English-speaking charities to help you find them, but any MH charity in any country will get you a ticket to the giveaway!

  1. Društvo za pomoè osebam z depresijo in anksioznimi motnjami (IBAN SI56 0201 8025 5064 178)
  2. Društvo za mentalno zdravje (IBAN SI56 0201 1025 7289 119)
  3. ŠENT (IBAN SI56 0310 0100 1156 985)
  4. Slovensko združenje za prepreèevanje samomora (IBAN SI56 0201 0009 1807 362)
  1. Mind - DONATE
  3. Basic Needs - DONATE
  4. Rethink - DONATE
  5. Young Minds - DONATE
  6. Stem4 - DONATE
  1. Mental Health Ireland - DONATE
  2. Headstrong - DONATE
  2. Mental Health America - DONATE
  3. Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors - DONATE
  5. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - DONATE
  6. The Arc - DONATE
  7. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation - DONATE
  1. Canadian Mental Health Association - DONATE
  2. Mood Disorders Society of Canada - DONATE
  3. Children's Mental Health Ontario - DONATE
  4. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - DONATE
  1. Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand - DONATE

The Rules 
1. You must present a proof of your donation through email to Ula or myself
2. You have to accept the prize in 48 hours or we draw another winner
3. We are not responsible for lost books off TBD (they will be sent directly from the retailer)
4. Make sure you have a blog for design prize!
5. Make sure your country is on the shipping list for TBD!
6. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone that is breaking these rules

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  1. Mental health is important to me because I've known many people who've suffered from mental health problems, and some of these people are really close to me. I'm really glad that you guys are hosting this event and I can't wait to read all the posts and join in all the challenges. (:

  2. I am looking forward to this event a lot. I think reading all the books, peoples stories and seeing how mental health is portrayed in books! :)

    Thanks for hosting this event, Lea! :) x

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

  3. Sadly, even with my computer volume right up and the video's volume right up, I can't make out what you're saying in the video :( But yay for MHAM! Really looking forward to it! Think it's going to be awesome!

    1. Awww frustrating!! It seems to be working fine here :(. Blimming tech!

      Thanks for taking part!! :D Looking forward to it.

  4. I'm so excited for this event! I just wrote a post about this & really hope that a lot of people sign up for the event! Thank you for putting this together :)

  5. Ah! Ok first off, that was my first time seeing you (almost) live and you are adorable ♥ Love your accent!

    Like I said over at Ula's blog: it's clear you ladies worked SUPER hard putting all this together and IT SHOWS. I can not wait to catch up on all the posts and read all the reviews and see what everyone is up to for this. Mental Health is something that is so dear to mine (and all of our) hearts so I love you ladies for doing this and raising awareness ♥♥♥

    I'll be telling my story with anxiety on the health blog at some time after my Top 10 goes up - and I remember you wanted me to let you know when it goes up so I'll be sure to do that!! Other than that I've finished Fangirl yesterday and finished the review for it today so that will be one of my next reviews to go up! Hopefully I can get to reading Sherlock and finish in time...I was hoping to nab some MHA books at BEA but I don't think I was lucky on that front :(

    Again: THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your hard work in putting this together. You're amazing xxxxxx

  6. This is great.. I am going to to have my post up tomorrow and I will link it back here. Thanks for hosting.

  7. Mental Health and awareness of MH issues is important to me as I have known many people to suffer some form of it - anxiety, depression, addiction, panic attacks etc. and I have also suffered from PSTD and anxiety. It is SUCH a common problem that is still stigmatised and often misunderstood. I think both of your features, articles and giveaways throughout this month have been fantastic! It's been so well organised, interesting and informative and I'm sure it has taken a significant amount of time and effort - so thank you! I'm just writing up a wrap-up post to go live on Monday giving an overview of my experiences for the month. Unfortunately, this was a super busy month for me and I didn't get the chance to read or participate as much as I would have liked, but it has definitely been worthwhile participating and donating! R x

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