Howdy folks!
I’m Jo - quirky artist, writer, traveller, mental health advocate, music lover, wild west nut intrigued by science and the paranormal, and renaissance soul with a potty sense of humour.

     Five years ago I began a three-year journey towards miraculous full recovery after thirty years of depression and anxiety - a medication crisis was the catalyst. I've never this good - and I'm chronicling the rebuild of my eclectic, creative, and sometimes adventures life on this blog, Creating My Odyssey, and my musings about life in general. 

     By enormous good chance our wonderful neighbours introduced us to the brilliant mental health team, who, with a medication combination known as California Rocket Fuel - love it! - and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, brought me to where I am now. Which proves that provided sufferers know where to look, help is available. That's the hard part, which shouldn't be the case. Depression is one of the most treatable of mental health issues. I’m networking with individuals and creatives with mental health issues - depression in particular - and reaching people with a voice, in the hopes that sharing my experience will give hope. Also, I'm hoping to be a bit of a role model for my age group, the over sixties. Ageism is one of my pet hates. 
      Less altruistically perhaps, Creating My Odyssey is a great vehicle for my creativity - writing (anecdotal articles and an epic novel) and art - and covers a myriad of eclectic subjects. I’m unleashing everything that was previously hidden under a bushel, and I've been interviewed and had articles published on mental health and general sites. 
     I’ve also been writing my humongous novel forever, on and off, particularly during young parenthood and depression to help keep me sane. Alias Jeannie Delaney is the life story of a devastating cowgirl who’s the fastest gun in the west and also bisexual. Since my recovery I've screwed up the courage to get it out there with the help of my soulmate Husband. I’m blogging about my slow but sure progress. I've had interviews about my fascination for the wild west, and appeared on a news item on UK television.

     I exchange links and guest posts with other bloggers, particularly on mental health matters, so if you're interested, I'd love to hear from you. I also collaborate with creatives who suffer or have suffered from mental health problems, and exchange posts about creativity - whatever ideas anyone may have. I'm open to (almost) anything!

     Thank you so much for reading this preamble and all the rest!

Ps: I was born confused and disorganised, so any lovely respondents be warned: I do sincerely want this but sometimes I have to be shouted at to gain my attention !

My Art Gallery
Mental health:
Poorly Represented, a mental health zine: 'Not Purged, Leeched or Chucked off a Cliff' 

General articles
Debra Eve - (Late Bloomers) More Proof It's Never Too Late
My cowgirl role was featured in the Alton Gazette and The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, 

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