Hello, here's an important message first: IF you HAVE BEEN struggling, are RIGHT NOW or may in the FUTURE, or know someone like that, then PLEASE take a look at this page with information about HELPLINES and words from someone who HAS used one.
Please be in a safe place and safe state of mind when viewing this website.
IF you want to see my (John Harrison) other creative activities and performing, including films and comedy, visit www.thepoetjohn.com or come and just be chilled. I hope the other website also shows what we can do, including making others laugh, and entertain in other ways :)
Last updated April 2014
Please reach out to that someone TODAY.
But what ever happens, keep trying.
There are other numbers and other people.
It will take as long as it takes, to get the right help.
BUT YOUR WORTH IT.
Please take a look to the the right,
or on the links page for details of some who are here.
Its April 2014, I'm still here :) This website has been going for over five years now. And although I am doing other stuff at the moment, the site will be kept up and running as usual. I've done some updating, and there are some more bits to come.
Its just one word. It may seem a small one. But its why many are still here. Grasp it when ever you can. Cling to it. Do what you have to. And even when there seems no hope... hang on in there, so your here when it returns.
An introduction to the site:
Hi! my names John Harrison, and there's no simple way to say this but, I was abused as a child, and have suffered with mental health issues since then. Over the years I have campaigned on these issues. And quite obviously survived them so far, or I wouldn't be writing this, I know :) This website has been going for over five years now. And I am currently changing a few things around.
Originally failings in the system led me to speak up and out, and then led to having to speak publicly, and indeed starting this website. BUT, it has always been a combination of things, that I wanted this website to do, and it has. I wanted others to be aware of the rest of us, to at least let them know, that others feel the way they do, or similarly. As well as going through what may have caused it. I wanted the website to expose some of the wrong doings, again which it has.
But for me, the most important people, are those who have suffered, and those who support them. Whoever, or where ever you are. Over the years, the website had become a bit too cluttered. And I really want the hope to shine through more. I want others who go through the above, to also know, that good things can happen too. And that many of us, have talents that we may not even know about... yet. This website was to show how I campaigned, but that's not all its has done. Some people have read through the website, to gain an insight into the world of abuse and mental illness.
There is no content on this site, nor ever has there been, that is in any way, inappropriate. BUT, some people are more vulnerable than others. That's why, there are links to the right on this website, to some of the organisations that may be able to help. OR, show that for every issue, there may well be one out there. They don't always work for everybody, this I know. All of the links to help, are not put there for the organisations or charities, they are ONLY put there by me, in the hope that they MAY help. IF they don't, please hang on in there.
IF you are someone, who wants to learn more about the failings in the system I encountered, and campaigning, then click here, to start to find out more. IF not have a general look around. BUT please do come back, as I am just about to add a few more light hearted and chilled out bits and pieces here to. Recent changes I have and will make, will help people more easily make a choice as to what they want to look at. B safe 1st always... that IS the message.
'Raising awareness of child abuse and its consequences in later life'
Here's a little guide to what to expect on each page of this website.
'HELPLINES' I know it explains itself, but its a very important page to mention. This page shows why helplines are so needed. PLEASE share them online, you never know who may see it, and need it.
'Books' a selection of just a few books on child abuse mainly by survivors themselves.
'Guest Poems' has four poems by other survivors that I was proud to have been allowed to share and make a video for.
'B safe 1st always radio' a page about the online radio I did and why. It also has links to each show I did. And a player to hear them here too.
'Child Abuse Monument' the monument is in Canada, it gives more info about it.
'My other Website' gives a little more information and links to the different things on that website. More Poetry, Spoken Word BUT also Songs and a lot more humorous stuff, through that AND fiction too.
'Raising Awareness' shows most of the videos I use for raising awareness of child abuse and its consequences in later life.
'LIVE' a chance to see some video footage of me (John Harrison) live, or audio of me. These include footage at Child Abuse Rallies, Spoken Word events and Radio.
'FAILED by the system' this page links to several very detailed pages on the failings in the system I endured, including within and by health care professionals. It also links to several detailed pages on the campaign and raising awareness that I then did, about these failings. I started Writing to MP's, PM, the Queen and more. I have recently separated all these relating pages, so they can be accessed by this one page. It helps to keep it away from you, IF your in a vulnerable place, and you can avoid all this if you need to. All the pages this one links to, are VERY IMPORTANT to me. And where a very big part of me speaking out.
If you want to see the FULL variety of my writing, performing and creative work, which includes ALL subjects, and both serious and comedy, then go to www.thepoetjohn.com. If you want to specifically know more about the issues I have campaigned on in depth (abuse and mental health) then your in the right place here. Or even better of course, I'd love you to visit both.