Mental health and writing about it

Without looking at statistics, I know that mental health is a serious issue today. Within my circle of friends, family and acquaintances, it is a common problem and something I have noticed being talked about amongst us more and more. The question often asked is, “What am I doing with my life and what have I actually achieved?” I do wonder whether having such access to the filtered lives of others plays a huge part in this feeling of failure and inadequacy (among many other things). I am sure there are a wide range of reasons which may cause people to suffer from mental health problems, but this is the one I am most familiar with. 

One of my main Characters is Louie Shaw and his love in life is music. He wants to be a musician and he has unbelievable talent, but others use him as a step up and surpass him, though they are nowhere near as good. This feeling of failure and watching others succeed brings with it a downward spiral. What starts out as feelings of failure ends up filtering its way into every aspect of his life like a poison, from hangups about his physical appearance to relationships. The way he views the world changes and any beauty he once saw starts to fade away. 

Through it all he smiles and it’s one that’s spoken about among the other characters as it brightens up their day. Yet, his light is slowly diminishing. 

We are losing far too many people before their time to this and I felt it an important topic to address in my latest book. 

Anybody else addressed this topic in their work? I would love to hear from you. 

3 thoughts on “Mental health and writing about it

  1. I think it’s so important to address mental health in books, because people suffering can relate to the characters they read. I have a character in my book who suffers from social anxiety. It’s something close to my heart and I felt it was important to show someone who struggles with it, and most importantly how far a little bit of kindness goes and how my character is transformed by it. My main MC also has low self esteem and body issues, and it’s the friendships she makes which help her cope.

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    1. It definitely is! You are so right that a little kindness goes a long way. I have written from a slightly different angle in that little things that are said or done can have such an impact on someone’s life, yet they are completely unaware of the damage they may have caused or be causing to this person. Best of luck with your writing!


  2. That sounds very interesting, sometimes people are unaware of the damage they do and it’s important to highlight that as well in our writing, that comments, no matter how insignificant to one person, can make a great impact to another. Thank you very much! You too!

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