Hey guys, I just wanted to share this about finding my brother’s journals yesterday while I was moving house. So, my brother died 10 years ago. He was an alcoholic but also a loving, funny, sensitive, creative man. He was my closest brother, I spent all of my childhood with him. I loved him more than anything and I tried to help him be free from his addictions, for years and years. I learnt that you can’t help anyone from these things they have to want it themselves. You can’t help people to save themselves, they need a higher power and their own will.
But yesterday, I found these journals and I read these painful, painful writings he had done over the years. It was very difficult to read them as they expressed his deepest thoughts. I stopped reading them after a bit as it seemed wrong.
But I realised that my brother had discovered writing therapy and I am so grateful that he had that, that he could express his inner most thoughts and feelings and he didn’t hold back.
So many men need to do this. It is completely safe and it can help men to get rid of negative emotions.
I am so sick of people saying men are not emotional or as prone to feeling things like women. It is simply not true. This is possibly why men die by suicide three times more than women, they are told that men keep their emotion in and men don’t feel things. That is crap. So, the men (which is all men) who have normal emotions and feelings of isolation, loneliness, or depression they think they are not normal. They are.
One of my students, Josh Bontje died by suicide some years back. He was such a lovely person, and I could tell kind and sensitive. This has to stop. We have to encourage men and boys and teenager boys to open up and also I am hear to say, guys use writing therapy as well! My brother did and it got him through many years of feeling quite desperate. He could have chosen a better path but that is his story, and his life separate to this, but please, please, please use writing therapy, write down your deepest feelings, and what is happening. You can get rid of it. But if you write it down we know that it will be released from your unconscious.
I am sending a lot of love out to the young and older men who suffer from depression and anxiety, my brother did. And you know what, not even having a chronic condition but just the normal feelings of sadness and worry as well. My brother did not always express his feelings, sometimes he did with me but not all the time. I know he did with other people sometimes as well. But he used writing therapy and it is a wonderful, free tool you can use to be free from negative emotions whatever they are. 🙂
My book Freedom Writing talks about this, so if you are interested it is available on amazon and many other outlets.
But have a look on here as well, I have information about writing therapy.
Go well, stay well and remember we all have feelings and there’s nothing wrong with emotion! Kind regards, Suz
Suzanne Strong’s affecting novel induced me to shed tears, swept me up in the moment as though I was, indeed, on the ground in Kurdish Syria, and had me on tenterhooks throughout.
I had the pleasure of reading ‘Where the Sun Rises’ over the New Year. On more than one occasion, I found myself with goose bumps and hairs upstanding – unable to put this book down for fear of missing what happens next.
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This novel is much more than a story about war. Though the war against Isis provides the motivation of the action; this is primarily an intimate tale of two best friends who yearn for peace and equality and are prepared to sacrifice all they have to achieve it.
Sometimes we can switch off emotionally from the endless news cycle of wars in distant lands such as the fight against Isis in Syria. It seems so far away and our lives seem so different. The beauty of this novel is in its rich exploration of the characters of Roza and Karin. We come to know them and their rich culture and to recognise parts of them in us. Their story is told with compassion, feminine understanding and gentle humour.
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What does it mean to fight against an enemy when you don’t have a recognised homeland?
A remarkable and necessary tale of women’s friendship in war, and the Kurdish struggle for a safe place called ‘home’.”
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Monica, a Social Worker, recently attended my Expressive Writing Therapy Workshop and this was her written response.
“I attended the workshop as a personal and professional development opportunity. I already knew of and experienced the therapeutic benefit of writing, however I wanted to learn more about how this works- particularly the benefit of writing as a way of working through previous trauma.
The workshop was excellent. As I had attended a previous workshop with Suzanne, I knew of the quality of workshop she facilitates and this workshop did not disappoint.
I got the most out of the part where we were encouraged to write about something negative or traumatic. I found that the exercise was confronting, yet liberating. I could feel the tension in my body as I wrote the words on paper but as the story unfolded on the page and came to an end, that tension dissipated and I felt at ease. This was a very powerful experience.
Probably the most challenging part of the workshop, for me, was the task of writing a poem. Because I am so used to writing in far less creative ways, I found myself struggling to even contemplate what to write. I went ahead and did it anyway and actually surprised myself about how lovely it was to use words in this way.
Time seems to go by very quickly when you are immersed in these types of exercises. I would love it to have gone for a few hours longer. I did feel a release of tension having tackled one of my current issues in one of the exercises. Overall, I left the workshop feeling inspired to continue using these exercises frequently to help process and manage my challenges.
The writing I did in the ‘life story’ exercise gave me the opportunity to step out of my current life circumstances and instead almost take a bird’s eye view of my life so far. That did bring up areas that I had not thought about for ages and it allowed me to put into perspective some of the things that are happening now. That experience allowed me to recognise that I have gotten through many difficult situations in my life and anything I am experiencing currently will be resolved and overcome- just like past challenges have been.
I felt very positive after the workshop. It is a powerful way of releasing built up stress. It was also lovely to share the experience with the other participants.”
If you’re interested in my writing therapy exercises, my book Freedom Writing goes into detail about this;
I am excited that my book hit number 7 on Amazon Best Sellers List today! It is also number 26 in two other categories as well. It is exciting to see your book going out and reaching more people and being able to help.
This weekend I am doing a writing therapy workshop in my area. I will be taking participants through how we can use writing therapy to get through a lot of stresses in our lives. Using simple techniques we can overcome stressful experiences as well as memories that may have entangled us for years. 🙂
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019.
Location: Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Contact me if you would like further details or to book in. 🙂
I was excited this morning as I saw that my book Freedom Writing hit number 16 on the Amazon Best Sellers in Journal Writing. 🙂 If you want to check it out, there is a link below. Have a lovely day! 🙂 Suz
Hey guys, I am excited that Freedom Writing hit number 21 on Amazon Best Seller List. 🙂 Just wanted to share that. Tonight I am speaking about writing therapy and its connection to memoir writing. It should be good. 🙂 Thanks for reading. 🙂