Making a Difference

This memoir was written so that those experiencing mental illness could relate and not feel as alone, those who have experienced it in the past feel that they too are understood, those with loved ones can gain insights, and people just interested in the subject can learn more. It's all about helping others and breaking the stigma.

A Way Out

A Memoir of Conquering
Depression and Social Anxiety

What do you do when you’re trapped in your mind? When you can’t escape the feelings of depression and fear?

A Way Out gives a raw, unfiltered look into the life and thoughts of a young woman, Michelle, experiencing severe depression and social anxiety. Social anxiety plagued her since her early youth, hindering her most as a young adult. She began having suicidal thoughts in her early teens but didn’t perceive them as being abnormal. This eventually evolved into a deep depression. Her social anxiety and depression fueled each other, creating a grave cycle of negative thoughts.

Michelle is able to share her experiences in a way that allows others to go along for the ride with her: the highs, the lows, and the amusingly unexpected. It artfully conveys Michelle’s journey through mental illness and toward mental health. Beyond the haunting honesty, A Way Out delivers heart, humour, and hope.

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Praise for A Way Out

“Her struggles pave a path for anyone struggling to see hope and to realize, as she says, “You can do this.” A must-read for anyone struggling or wanting to know more about mental illness.”

Kevin R. BriggsSergeant, California Highway Patrol (Ret.), author of Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair

“I recommend this honest, uplifting, heartbreaking, and hilarious book to anyone who is struggling, anyone who has overcome challenges, and anyone who wants to better understand a compassionate approach to mental illness…”

Rebecca Gibsonfounder of Orange Daisy Project (supporting teen girls’ mental health)

“As a fellow sufferer of mental illness, I related to so many parts of Michelle’s story. Anybody that does not understand mental illness should read this book as it gives a clear understanding of how painful and debilitating it is.”

Clint Malarchukformer NHL goaltender, author of The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond

“Her journey, thought a difficult one, is troublingly common as depression and anxiety are on the rise, but it's inspiring to know she found her way back to a good life.”

Jessica Holmescomedian, author of I Love Your Laugh and Depression The Comedy

“This courageous mental health advocate has written a powerful memoir that empowers its readers, making them feel they are not alone in their struggles.”

Numila Parker, MSWParents For Children’s Mental Health

“Through the courageous telling of her own story of everyday life, Michelle brings hope. A Way Out shows how Michelle is able, despite her mental illness, to find a way out...”

Michele SparlingShine Out! Shout Out!