Books Rhymes Social anxiety


In the UK, it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year’s topic is loneliness.

In the US, it’s Mental Health Awareness Month with the message of “Together for Mental Health.”

I always feel social anxiety gets forgotten in any discussion of mental health, and this year it’s more relevant than ever to the topic.

When I had time to be active in a social anxiety online forum, I came across an enormous number of lonely people. Most of those were also alone, while others were alone with their thoughts and emotions.

Why were they lonely? Because social anxiety is that voice in the head that says:

  • They don’t want you.
  • You’re not good enough.
  • They’ll laugh at you.

and similar negative remarks.

Social anxiety leads to avoidance, which leads to loneliness. It’s that simple.

You can turn away from this or decide to help.


About My Books

I don’t write only about social anxiety, but, as it happens, it crops up in all of these books:

100-word stories Books

100 Word Challenge – Week #52

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The challenge: to use 100 words to produce a creative piece with this prompt:-

…together the flames…

Together the Flames

together the flames
divided the ash
together the harmony
divided the discord
together the landscape
divided the debris
together the meal
divided the nibbles
together the discussion
divided the argument
together the system
divided the crash
together the bonding
divided the loneliness
together the book
divided the pages
together the story
divided the words
together the outfit
divided the rags
together the dance
divided the steps
together the pie
divided the ingredients
together the material
divided the strands
together the computer
divided the components
together the sport
divided the farce
together we stand
divided we fall
together we live

Small stones

Small Stone 11/1/11

All Ones 11/1/11 11:11

All ones in the date today.
All ones in the time of this post (I hope).
All ones at the play reading I attended yesterday.
All ones in this town, in this country, in this world.
Together, they have a purpose.
Alone, no use at all.