I am a writer, first and foremost…but I also wish to make my name in the media as a person people actually want to have on their screens and adorning their pages of their publications, chatting on about all things mental health, child abuse, trauma, recovery, and what it feels to be a survivor of PTSD, BPD and suicide attempts/serious psychiatric illness.
Why? Because it’s the only thing I’m really passionate about in life, so I’ve decided to go with it :)
I never do anything, unless it means something to me personally and in my heart.
You won’t find me in an office pushing paper around and stapling things. Instead you’ll find me ambitiously driving projects forward and being the one who is prepared to stick their neck out in their enthusiastic pro-activeness.
My drive to communicate in a positive way about mental health and childhood trauma and importantly how you can heal from it is THE ONLY THING I WANT TO DO IN LIFE. Nothing else even remotely interests me.
I therefore designate media work “my life’s work”.
I want to help others by sharing my stories, advice and viewpoints. I also want to support charities by spreading the word about them in the media and being a communicator.
Communication is my super-power, and I use my voice (whether that be written or spoken) as my weapon to rally against the shitty start I had in life, to alchemise it into gold and to assist others in the process.
If you are a book publisher, why not ask me to write a book? I would do so happily, believe me. I’ve already started penning my memoirs, have a doodle book part-done, and many other ideas so I await your call with breathless anticipation!
If you are a telly person, why not ask to interview me or feature me as one of your contributors in a documentary? As one of my fellow mental health blogger pals tells me ‘shy bairns get nowt’ so excuse my brazenness in appealing to you. I had my first experience of a television interview when ITV Tyne Tees News filmed a mental health story. Here is me and my children on location. I am a media volunteer for Mind, which is why I was asked to contribute.
Being interviewed by the beach made the whole experience especially lush and memorable for my first television interview :)
Radio is my least favourite media domain if I’m absolutely honest, as it is less face-to-face-ish. I prefer to look into someone’s eyes and speak- radio feels too hidden, though I have contributed to a couple of radio projects which was really good experience of explaining mental health to the public.
If you want me to HIRE ME to write for you, to speak to a group, to lead a mental health awareness inspirational toned presentation, or deliver some bespoke mental health training, just ask. [Although I am a media volunteer for UK mental health charity Mind, which I love, I can’t be expected to do EVERYTHING for free ok, so don’t be cheeky. I know what you media types are like] :P.
I know I have talents worth paying for and I have bills to pay and children to feed etc ❤
Here are some images from media projects I’ve been involved in so far- see this as my online MEDIA JAZZ CV……many of them are associated with UK national mental health charity Mind due to my volunteering for them, and also my local Mind (Tyneside and Northumberland)
To contact me privately off the blog about my myriad of talents 😎please email me at email@example.com.
Imani Summer (summerSHINES blogger)
PS. TO SUPPORT THE CHARITY WORK I DO HERE IS MY JUSTGIVING LINK. ALL MONEY GOES DIRECT TO TYNESIDE AND NORTHUMBERLAND MIND TO FUND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES IN THE NORTH-EAST OF ENGLAND.