Next week (8-14th of May) is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for this year is Surviving to Thriving.

It is good to know that the focus this time is on health and resilience instead of ill-health. However, the key message seems to be that we need to DO something to prevent ill-health and become more resilient.

Mental health and resilience are innate:

Becoming health conscious and leading a healthy lifestyle is a great idea and something to be encouraged. Every health professional would thoroughly recommend this.

And yet, our motivation to make healthy choices and engage in healthy strategies do dwindle from time to time. This is part of being human.

To try to keep mentally fit and healthy is equally challenging if not more. Also, healthy coping strategies to help us keep calm and relaxed seem to have a track record of not working most of the time. This is especially true when we need them the most.

Tools and techniques may work for some. But most of the time they act like quick-fixes for specific problems. They do not seem to offer a long-term solution for our psychological distress or suffering. The moment we stop practicing our tools or techniques, we are back to square one.

Is there anything out there that can provide a long-term solution?

I interviewed Mary Schiller towards the end of last year. I was keen to interview her as she was someone who was ‘not surviving, but thriving’. She is someone who had previously suffered from domestic violence and abuse and who then went on to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Mary narrates her story with a great deal of openness and authenticity – I have great admiration and respect for her. If she can thrive, surely, we all can take confidence in the power of our innate ability to experience healing and recovery no matter what our personal story is.

I encourage you to hear Mary’s transformational journey from being a victim of domestic violence, diagnosed with PTSD to becoming an author of 7 books, beginning a career as a coach and making a difference in the world!

If you are touched and inspired by her story, do leave a comment below and feel free to share using the following hashtags –

#mentalhealthawareness #innatehealth

You can learn more about Mary Schiller’s work at

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