Advocating Madness - Rebekah Burgess
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Advocating Madness

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I published Chasing Rainbows, my first book, last year and started planning the Advocating Madness concept at the same time. To say this new book has been fraught is an understatement. It’s a vulnerable and brutal work, but I hope it resonates with people, particularly non-poets, in New Zealand. I really feel like we need more creativity in this country to change behaviours, and it should be supported more.

I feel like there’s a real undercurrent of sadness in our country and if more people created, we’d have far fewer suicide statistics and a healthier mindset in our people. That might be the journalist in me talking and advocating for our people – more about that later.

I guess that’s basically the concept behind Advocating Madness. Allow people to express and the problems they have won’t manifest in other, more unhealthy ways. My late mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, that wasn’t very well-managed, and had several breakdowns and postnatal depression. As a child growing up in an extremely unstable environment, I guess I had an insight into the issues that can cause. I’m passionate about mental wellness because I know what the flip side looks like.

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To say this new book has been fraught is an understatement. It’s a vulnerable and brutal work, but I hope it resonates with people, particularly non-poets, in New Zealand. I really feel like we need more creativity in this country to change behaviours, and it should be supported more. I feel like there’s a real undercurrent of sadness in our country and if more people created, we’d have far fewer suicide statistics and a healthier mindset in our people. That might be the journalist in me talking and advocating for our people.

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