Young West Australian Author, Filmmaker and Actor, Sita Bennett, has created a novel called She who Rose from Ashes, an uplifting page-turner, as a tool for young people suffering from mental health concerns, particularly during the lockdown.
Ms. Bennett said that parents of teens experiencing mental health concerns may be looking for many different solutions for their loved ones, including the important medical routes.
“Right now, with a large part of our country in lockdown, teens and young adults are deprived of the kind of contact with friends that are important for healthy development.”
“There is a rising sense of isolation, along with anxiety about the uncertainty of our future.”
“I have always written with the challenges of young adulthood in mind, but stories that leave us feeling a little lighter and more connected have become more valuable than ever.”
Ms. Bennett, a well of inspiration for young adults
Ms. Bennett, who is also a yoga teacher, wrote her empowering fantastical adventure novel, inspired by timeless wisdom from ancient Eastern cultures, about a smart, sensitive and determined young woman on a quest for truth and freedom in an otherwise chaotic world.
The book explores themes of tenacity, the power and reward to a path of heart and truth.
Relationships between characters in the book are complex and reflect reality, and readers are also rewarded by following the travels of an outcast who has been isolated as a result of her dark past, who finds her tribe and sense of belonging.
Ms. Bennett had the following remarks on her book.
“All of my work, as an author and filmmaker, centers around themes of self-discovery, transformation and healing, expressing to young adults and teens that its okay to admit fear and uncertainty and that revealing vulnerability is a courageous choice, not a weakness.”
Despite social media offering a sense of connection, it does the very opposite at times, and ‘fear of being left out is leaving more of us physically and emotionally on the perimeter.
A beacon of hope in times of uncertainty
Mental illness like depression and anxiety is becoming a serious concern.
“When mental illness has reached an all-time high and teens often feel alone in their suffering, conscious-minded stories have the power to re-ignite a sense of magic, hope and connection.”
“Interestingly, much like the journey of this pandemic, the book also explores what happens when humans unite for the same purpose, as opposed to fighting for something alone.”
“This may bring some understanding and courage to teens in regards to any major world issue; that its weight is not something that can be carried alone.”
“During a stressful issue, while we can’t direct our attention outwards as much as we would in normal circumstances, cultivating a solid foundation of self-care, self-acceptance, inner-peace and inner-strength will contribute to our post-pandemic future.”
“When we know ourselves intimately, we can move through the world in a way that is both true to our hearts and in service to humanity as a whole, instead of pushing forth from a sense of pain, anger and confusion, which has been proven to only to lead to destruction.”
“This is also something that Ember, the protagonist, learns throughout the novel.”