RAW, POWERFUL, AND AT TIMES HEART-WRENCHING,
‘Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day,’ includes stories of triumph from 10 everyday Australians, including L-Fresh The Lion (Globally renowned Hip Hop Artist), Lauren Watson (Paraplegic Aerial Performer), and Michael Crossland (world renowned Inspirational Speaker and bestselling author).
EVERY YEAR IN AUSTRALIA, over 2500 people take their lives.
With so many of our friends, family and colleagues succumbing to mental health disorders, how do we change the statistics? How do we give people hope where they feel there is none?
These were the stark questions that inspired Brisbane writer Jas Rawlinson to start her journey into the creation of ‘Reasons to Live: One More Day, Every Day’; to seek out those who knew the dark and ugly face of depression, anxiety and trauma, and had found a way to overcome it…
…To share their stories in the hope of inspiring and encouraging everyday Australians to know that no matter how dark things appear, there is always a way out.
Featuring mental health resources, along with 10 lived-experience memoirs from everyday Australian figures (both prominent and lesser known) who have battled everything from childhood cancer and PTSD, to debilitating disabilities, eating disorders, the death of a child, and more, every story is a reminder that suicide isn’t the solution — there is always new life to be found.
Endorsed by organisations such as Success for Soldiers and Lifeline, as well as key members of NSW Health, Reasons To Live One More Day has been reviewed by people all across Australia and even the U.K!
This book is a must-read for anyone who is looking for hope, inspiration and honesty from those who have hit rock bottom, and found their way back out.
What Does it mean to Wear Your Trauma As A Badge of Honour?
Graeme: "It's one thing to say 'wear it as a well-earned scar' [about your PTS] if you've been in the military, but what if you were abused as a child? People say you can't wear that as a badge of honour, but I disagree. "Because it didn't break you, it didn't kill you. You can be proud of that." Jas: "We have the power to break the shame and the stigma and guilt that all these things hold over us and our family...but we're never going to break it if we hold onto those feelings and say to ourselves 'I don't want to burden anyone.'SEE THE FULL clip from mine & Graeme's workshop on combatting PTSD, Depression and Suicide BELOW. https://vimeo.com/278868875DID YOU MISS this event? Grab a copy of 'Reasons To Live: Stories of triumph from Australians who refused to give into darkness' via jasrawlinson.com <3Posted by Reasons To Live One More Day, Every Day on Monday, August 6, 2018
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ‘REASONS TO LIVE’
“It is through the offering of hope in the face of adversity, that this book of personal and real stories, might encourage others to also share their stories too. We live in a world where there can be so much pressure to ‘be strong’ and ‘tough things out’; it can be lonely at times, yet it is so important for us to connect with others. By leading the way on this, Jas and all of the various co-authors of the book highlight how important it is to share this message in our modern society and to connect with others. I commend this book to you, along with Jas’ message of hope.”
ROBERT SAMS, Regional Manager: Lifeline Hunter Valley and Central Coast, NSW
“Inspirational! Something I passed onto my 15yr old and intend to pass onto friends or family as a means to start the conversation of ‘it’s ok to not be ok, and we’re here to support you!’
“Reasons to Live One More Day, Every Day is a book that is long overdue. There has been a view, strongly held for decades, that we shouldn’t speak of sensitive matters such as self-harm and suicide. There is an idea that to do so only encourages the behaviour or – as was once said to me after speaking on the issue with young people – ‘putting thoughts into their heads’. I responded that the thoughts were, often, already there and that I would prefer to talk about the subject in the hope that vulnerable individuals would get help, rather than ignore it and see them sink deeper into feelings of hopelessness and despair.
In a world of political and personal fracture, where hope can often seem in short supply, Reasons to Live offers just that, through the narratives of 10 people whose honest and raw accounts show that there is a way through, that help can be found, and love for life restored. The book concludes with useful resources to help those struggling with mental health issues and family and friends who care for them. I am pleased to recommend Reasons to Live. This book could save lives.”
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“This book needs to be in every institution, in every library and in every household in Australia and beyond!”
“The thing I noticed most was the realisation that helping others and making a difference has an amazing power to help heal.”
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Jas wrote this book to let people contemplating suicide know that others have been there and survivedPosted by Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun on Thursday, May 10, 2018
As a child, Jas Rawlinson's father would emotionally abuse her every day and tell her how worthless she was.Due to his...Posted by Matt Collins on Tuesday, October 2, 2018
ABC Midnorth Coast interview with Jas Rawlinson - The book tha...
At the same time that I was doing this interview, there were at least 3 local families grieving the loss of loved ones to suicide. In the space of a week, I heard of a man from my mother's church being found dead in a public area in coffs harbour, and another person who had lost 2 friends to suicide in the past fortnight. As I say in this interview, we need to bring the topic of suicide out of the shadows. People need hope, and they need it now!PS. If you missed my book launch in Coffs, you can grab a copy of the book here (on sale all through Dec!)www.jasrawlinson.comPosted by Thoughts From Jas on Sunday, December 3, 2017