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Meet Gina Capobianco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Capobianco.

Gina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been writing poetry for over 30 years as a means to deal with depression and anxiety. I kept my writing hidden and did not share it out of concern that people would not understand. Living with depression and anxiety has a stigma and I was afraid to let others know. Through the encouragement of a friend, I shared some poetry at an open mic in late 2015. It was received well. That rekindled my long hidden dream of publishing a poetry book.

In 2016 I self-published my first book, “Cognizant Introspection”. I started speaking about my book at bookstores. In 2017 I self-published my second book, “Conscious Connection”. Both books describe my life’s journey from the darkness of depression into the light of healing. The more I spoke about my book, the more I realized that there is a need for a public conversation about mental health disorders.

I am now focusing on using my poetry and books to open that dialogue and help end the stigma surrounding mental health. I am working on my third book, which should be published in October. I hope to speak more to groups about mental health and the need to support those who suffer.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Every time I speak it gets a little easier. It is difficult to open up publicly about my own struggles with depression and anxiety. One of the other difficulties I have faced is getting my message out there. Being a self-published writer I have to publicize myself and seek out an audience. It is difficult to find that audience when you are not a known name.

Another difficulty is that mental health disorders are a lifetime struggle. I am writing and speaking, but I have still had times when I feel down and anxious.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Gina Capobianco – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a mental health care advocate, writer, and speaker. I use poetry as a vehicle to share my message that people can live with mental health disorders. I advocate for an open dialogue about mental health and ending the stigma that exists around mental health. I also advocate for more understanding from healthcare providers. I am willing to speak to any group or at any event that is interested in improving mental health.

I am proud that I have overcome my fears about sharing my struggle. I feel that it is important for people who have struggled with mental health to share their experiences. That openness is what will lead to ending the stigma.

I think what sets me apart is that I use poetry as part of my message. My poetry expresses my experiences and feelings. I believe that writing, in combination with mental health care, can help people deal with their struggles.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan to publish my third book in October. I am hoping it will be released during Mental Illness Awareness Week. Like my first two books, this book is a collection of my poetry. I have included a discussion about mental health in this book.

I also plan to speak at more events and really get the message out there that we have to do more as a society to improve mental health care. I want to speak to people who suffer from mental health disorders and to health care providers. I also hope to write a children’s or young adult book about depression.

Pricing:

  • Cognizant Introspection $10.95
  • Conscious Connection $12.95

Contact Info:

  • Email: ginacapobiancoauthor@gmail.com
  • Instagram: capobiancoauthor
  • Facebook: @GCapobiancoauthor
  • Twitter: @gina_capobianco

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1 Comment

  1. carol nichols

    August 22, 2018 at 00:57

    Very good summary of how your poetry began and evolved!

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