Far be it from me –

Guest Post by Mike Skinner – Abuse, Trauma, Music and Mental Health

on February 22, 2012

Hi Folks,

Greetings to all and a very special Thank You!!! to Judith for asking me to do some “guest- blogging”…both honored and quite excited to be doing this.

FYI….I am a musician and an advocate in the areas of trauma, abuse and mental health concerns. There is a lot more to this, but I want to be brief and let you spend some time visiting some of the websites I will be sharing – these can then give you a lot more information and resources to help you understand better some of the many things I do in trying to share Hope, Healing & Help for the above mentioned heath concerns.

Please do visit the Surviving Spirit website – http://www.survivingspirit.com – to learn how we use the Creative Arts, Education & Advocacy to help those impacted by trauma, abuse and mental health concerns. We have a really nice website that has a lot of great resources and we also send out a monthly newsletter that you can sign up for from the website itself – the newsletter also shares a lot of helpful information that is inspirational and motivational. [& Judith can vouch for this!!!]

And please do visit my own website to hear some music, read some articles and so much more – http://www.mskinnermusic.com – by visiting these websites you will have a better understanding as to why I do what I do in trying to help others – I have also been greatly affected by trauma, abuse and mental health concerns and try each day to help be a part of change for the better. You can also see and hear me performing live via this link – http://www.youtube.com/mcstrain – “Brush Away Your Tears” is a song I wrote for those who have been hurt as children.

Well….next week I’m off to Florida to perform, speak & present at the Alternatives Conference [“the oldest national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers/survivors”], upon my return I will share some insight and news of what happened there. This year’s theme is, “Coming Home: Creating Our Own Communities of Wellness and Recovery.”  – http://www.alternatives2011.org/

Till then, take care, Mike Skinner

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