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About the author - Karen Unrue

 Karen Unrue knows what hopeless feels like. Diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following a frightening fundamentalist upbringing and an abusive marriage. Her story, and her unique approach to surviving and thriving, led her to train and mentor others in “hope and mental health” at London based mental health charities. Encouraged by her peers and clients to reach a wider audience she has started writing on the subject. She is passionate about encouraging others to love the life they live even as they experience mental health issues.

You can watch Karen do her live broadcast on twitter every Saturday evening at 7pm GMT and follow her @karenunrue. Her blog is and she is afteralice24 on Instagram. You can listen to a live interview Karen did with Voices for Change at

About the book - Blue Jellyfish Syndrome: How to break free from stigma and maintain hope while living with a mental illness


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I grew up in a fire and brimstone religion, my mother was bi-polar, and I endured ten years in an abusive marriage. Not surprisingly I developed Complex Post Traumatic Stress disorder and for years I felt little else but fear, self-loathing, and helplessness. I tell you my story but this book is mostly devoted to the subject of how I managed to move on and love the life I live, because I want you to know that you can too.

I have spent 16 years as a trainer and mentor explaining the topics I cover in Blue Jellyfish Syndrome to clients in London-based mental charities. I use powerful, unexpected, and humorous examples. I bring fresh and unique perspectives to much talked about mental health subjects because, yes, "knowledge is power", but only if the knowledge hits home, keeps you awake, and starts you thinking.

Here are the topics I cover:

  1. My story

  2. Stigma. What is it and why do you need to know about it?

  3. Why don't people understand what you're going through?

  4. Why do you have a low opinion of yourself and what can you do about it?

  5. Self-talk. Is yours healthy or toxic?

  6. How do you maintain hope?

  7. Final words

Those of us who experience mental illness know there are no quick fixes but in this book I provide you with the necessary tools to gradually chip away at symptoms like low self-esteem, internalised stigma, and the inner critic so that you can move on to like yourself, and the life you live, more than you do today.

Contrary to public opinion, we are not weak or failures because we have mental health issues, we are warriors who, daily, fight invisible battles. In this book I put weapons in your hands to help you fight more effectively.


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