Hey, I'm Imani Summer (blogger 'summerSHINES').
I blog & doodle here in my inimitable style, about all things MENTAL HEALTH :) I'm a shiny and ambitious BPD/EUPD, complex-PTSD diagnosed INFP/HSP, with a BSc & MSc in PSYCHOLOGY. My scrabble score is excellent :P
I'm a survivor of extreme childhood trauma and sexual assault. SummerSHINES is my THERAPEUTIC plot of cyber space-a place where I can potter and while away time in hopefully useful and productive ways.
Here I reflect, ponder, express my deep emotions and fears, share my mistakes, laugh at life and its sheer absurdity, and work very hard to embrace my child abuse-created MH ishoos with good grace and shiny trauma-survivor BADASSERY.
I tend to my plot of cyber space with a whole load of stream-of-consciousness writing and the odd poem when I'm in the mood, but sharpie posts are my speciality....they are free-form hand-written mixes of writing and doodles, to visually pop out the contents of my kooky and unique mind in the weirdest and wonderful-est ways. [My style is Quentin Blake meets three year old toddler].
This is a CANDID and STIGMA-FREE blog, where I am fully open and honest about my experiences, thoughts and feelings surrounding mental health and abuse. HASHTAG NO FILTERS HERE.
I'm a UK blogger who volunteers for Tyneside and Northumberland Mind as a fundraising volunteer. Mind is a UK mental health charity that does amazing work to support people just like me (ordinary people who had extraordinarily bad life experiences). I'm also a media volunteer for national Mind and passionately want to destigmatise mental health/child abuse/sexual assault survivor chit-chat by publicly sharing my stories as widely as poss in the media.
With love, stay well x
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