Stigma bookStigma - Poems About Coping with Bi-Polar

This book is an autobiography written in prose and poetry. The prose pieces are explanations to assist the reader. This book, 'STIGMA', is to inform and inspire the reader, rather than shock with intent. One has to take into account the isolation which engulfed me during a depressive time. I had been under Psychiatric care for thirty eight years, and known to suffer from Bi-Polar Disorder. 'STIGMA' was put forward for publication about the same time as my Psychiatrist released me from mental health care.


  • Don't look now, for it's a lyrical, slippery cartwheel.
  • Don’t look proud, for stigma is my name.
  • A picnic here, a picnic at Tokanui
  • Will it last the foolish hour?
  • Hing necks, What about those twitch?
  • Those open slobbery mouths?
  • What about I chomp on daily gristle and gravy
  • Cold porridge ladled on my plate?
  • Will I ever ever be the full quid?

The paperback book is only $3.39 via Amazon, click here to see how you can access via Kindle.               

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Nat BrowningWho is Nat Browning? We asked her a few questions!!

Tell us a little about yourself?
I have been a patient of Ward four and MYSOP, Rotorua District Mental Health services. I am a published author and have published a book about my experiences with bi-polar over the last 40 years.  

How do you see yourself supporting the mental health and addiction sector, and how can we support you in return?
My book 'Stigma' could be used as an education resource for mental health patients, their support networks, and health professionals alike.   

What would you like achieved in mental health and addiction services?
An increased awareness of the daily challenges people with Bi-Polar are faced with.  

If you could change one thing in the mental health sector, what would that be?
That a persons diet is considered important for their mental health.  

What is your favourite whakatauki? 
Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long term results.

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