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Issue 26 - October 2018
Sabah Ashraf, Business
Apprentice, Recovery and
Patient Experience Team
How do you look after your
I ask myself "Am I happy?" I try not
to have a crowded mind. I do poetry
and short stories - I write it all out.
What makes you happy?
My writing! I have over 100,000
views on Instagram and I have over
26,000 followers! So I know I am
touching many lives with my words.
What is your favourite place?
My absolute favourite places
are lakes and oceans at sunrise
What is your advice to younger
people in a changing world?
Always believe in yourself. Never
limit yourself to anything. Always
ask if you are happy with yourself
and what you are doing. Live well,
the world is within you. Don't forget
to just breathe and realise you are
alive and breathing, sometimes
The Human Library™ is a place
where real people are on loan to
share their stories and is designed
to build a positive framework for
conversations that can challenge
stereotypes and prejudices
On Tuesday 30 October we will
be holding a human library at the
Library of Birmingham from 11am
to 6pm. We are linking to the theme
of this year's World Mental Health
Day - 'younger people in a changing
world'. We want to encourage people
to think about their own wellbeing
and the things that they hold
important in their own lives.
Available in our human library will
be people with lived experience of a
variety of mental health conditions,
their carers, as well as people
with experience of disabilities and
challenging social situations including
psychosis, dementia, bipolar illness,
autism, loneliness, addictions,
personality disorder, depression and
anxiety, deafness, being a British
Sign Language user, being gay and
South Asian, or being in the criminal
Visitors will be able to choose
a book and learn directly how
that person experiences life and
manages their recovery and
wellbeing in their world.
We will also offer general
information on improving mental
health and you can discover more
about our Recovery College for All
where all sessions are co-designed,
co-produced and co-delivered by
people with lived experience.
Our Recovery for All Strategy
2018-2021 will be available along
with information about our Experts
by Experience programme, which
will offer the chance for those with
lived experience to help shape our
Also at the event will be young
people and young carers to answer
questions, provide information and
resources or signpost visitors to
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