“Breathing with a Noose” is a story presented in blog format. Many of the posts serve as my personal recount of what it is like to live with mental illness. At this point and time in my life, I choose to write under a pseudonym, Noose Girl.
My collection of anecdotes can range from the humorous to the tragic and may better be described as chapters in a journey. Topics include past memories and the current experiences of passing from frightened and confused while delusionally psychotic to tackling the arduous and ongoing recovery process to the experience of finding a passion for mental health advocacy.
Today, in addition to blogging, I am a certified NAMI Connections group facilitator. Most recently, I earned my certification as a social and political lobbyist to advocate for mental illness awareness through the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy program and testified before the Maryland House and Senate in support of a bill aimed at funding police officers training in crisis intervention. I am a NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter and recently spoke at a CIT workshop for correctional officers at Hagerstown Maryland State Prison.
I hope you find the content educational, intriguing, and maybe a little bit entertaining. I encourage you to engage with me on the topics related to mental illness by leaving your thoughts, questions, and suggestions in comments.