Stop Surviving Start Fighting

 By: Jazz Thornton

Location:  NF 362.28 THO

Genre:Mental Health

Jazz Thornton first attempted to take her own life at the age of 12. Multiple attempts followed and she spent time in psychiatric wards and under medical supervision as she rode the rollercoaster of depression and anxiety through her teenage years – yet the attempts continued.

Find out what Jazz learned about how her negative thought patterns came to be, and how she turned those thoughts – and her life – around. Who and what helped, and what didn't help. The insights she gives will help create a greater understanding of those grappling with mental illness, and those around them who desperately want to help.

Jazz went on to attend film school, and to co-found Voices of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those with mental health issues and show them there is a way forward. She creates online content to provide hope and help.

Her first video Dear Suicidal Me has had over 80 million views all around the world. She went on to create Jessica's Tree, a web series that follows the 24 hours between a friend, Jess, going missing and the discovery of her body. It provides insights into Jessica's strug­gles, to help people better understand those suffering from depression. https-//­.com/watch?v=7QFU_qg­7Msk Jessica's Tree was viewed more than 230,000 times in the two months following its release in March 2019 and immediately began winning international recognition and awards, including the Huawei Mate30 Pro New Zealand Television Awards 2019 Best Web Series.
The process and the delicate decisions that had to be made to create Jessica's Tree have themselves been documented in a film about Jazz called The Girl on the Bridge, due for release early in 2020

"If I could give this book a million stars on here, I would! When I say that this book is amazing, I mean it. I don’t think I’ve cried so much at a non-fiction book. I cried tears of joy. Tears of sadness. Tears of hope. Most importantly, tears of realisation. Realisation that no matter how bad your mental health may be, things can and will get better and that change is possible. As I’ve struggled with my mental health before, more so over the last 7 months, this was quite a hard read but it’s also helped me realise that I can’t keep bottling things up and pushing people away and that I can’t listen to people when they tell me I can’t have mental health struggles because I’m a student nurse. I’d highly recommend this book if you have struggled or are struggling with mental health, if you know someone who is struggling, if you want to go into the health and social care profession (particular social work, mental health nursing, psychiatry etc.) or if you just want an insight into how ill mental health can affect someone. This book has a massive trigger warning for mention of suicide, self harm, eating disorders, PTSD, intrusive thoughts, psychiatric wards amongst quite a few others so please be careful going into the book if any of those things may trigger you. Remember that it is okay to not be okay and that “Hope is real and change is possible” - Jazz Thornton.- Chloe


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