DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
I was just starting to come back to life after a major breakdown, when it all began to come together... We were given the task of writing an intimate letter to ourselves during a recovery group session. As my hand flowed across the page and the words appeared in front of me, it soon became clear that to release myself from the anxiety and depression that controlled and overwhelmed me, I just needed to be Me. Although it isn't quite that simple, I do believe that the most crucial part of any journey from breakdown to recovery, is to explore and re-discover yourself and not be afraid to become the real You- the person you were created to be. 'Breaking Free To Be Me' has evolved from my own recovery process and a drawing together of the many years I spent studying and trying to understand human thinking and behaviour. It is a collection of short pieces that have been designed to be easy for the reader to ponder and will equip them with some powerful tools as they travel along life's highway.
The author of 'Breaking Free to Be Me', Katrina Evans, lives in Perth, Western Australia. She has studied counselling, psychology and sociology for the past 8 years. "I have studied, analyzed and applied many theories and techniques of human thinking and behaviour in an attempt to improve the wellbeing and lifestyles of people with mental health issues, including my own self. What I have learned has proved to be very helpful to me and many others. The knowledge and practical skills I have gained from going through my own personal mental breakdown, however, have benefited me on a much deeper level - one which I have felt that others should hear about."
Katrina's book of reflections is a collection of the things that have personally inspired her over the years. She offers hope and encouragement to others who have struggled with anxiety and depression. Her ultimate wish is for these people to find their own way to 'break free' and find peace and enjoyment in their lives.