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Natalia Salinas’ First-Hand Account of Escaping Mental Illness and Its Stigmas Inspires Readers at the L.A. Times Festival of Books 2023

For most of her life, Natalia Salinas has not only struggled with mental illnesses, but its stigma prevented her from seeking help until very late in life. However, the journey of acceptance eventually led her to finally find healing and gave her the capacity to help others in similar situations. She shares it all in her personal biography, and this same biography was even displayed at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023.

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“Natalia was a former student of mine; I was there as she struggled early in her life. She is intelligent, creative, articulate and passionate. To know her full story now, I am amazed. She is overcoming so much. I know she is helping people. We need more people with this woman’s heart.” – Edward Mooney, Jr.

The 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books showcased many biographies, with a good number of them sharing amazing stories of personal transformation.

These include the biography of Natalia Salinas, a licensed clinical worker who was previously one of the very same people she now seeks to help. She shares her story in the book “Natalia Salinas M.S.W., L.C.S.W: Shares Her Recovery from Mental Illness Story with Helpful Insights.”

Born the second daughter in her family, Salinas grew up experiencing immense struggle with mental illness, feelings of inadequacy, and a constant desire for praise.

Like many who suffered from such thoughts, she engaged in reckless behavior and made several suicide attempts. It would be decades before she finally got herself medication and therapy.

With the help of ReadersMagnet, a book marketing and self-publishing company, Salinas got her biography an exhibit spot at the L.A. Times Festival of Books.

The book is a combination of honest self-reflections, bits of handy information, and encouraging motivational moments. Salinas is very frank about the specific mental illnesses that plagued her all the way until she was 40. Her experiences also provide readers with real-life examples of what would keep people from seeking therapy and medication for these illnesses. These include not only personal and internal obstacles but also external factors such as systemic problems impacting America’s mental health services.

Its pages provide plenty of inspiration and insight to all who read it. Salinas hopes that her story, both in its high and low points, teaches others that no person is a lost cause when it comes to mental illness. Recovery is possible, and there’s always a way, even to the point that those who suffer it can become instruments of healing too!

Get a copy of “Natalia Salinas M.S.W., L.C.S.W: Shares Her Recovery from Mental Illness Story with Helpful Insights” is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To learn more about Natalia Salinas’ life story, check out her profile at BookBaby.

“Natalia Salinas M.S.W., L.C.S.W: Shares Her Recovery from Mental Illness Story with Helpful Insights”
Author | Natalia Salinas
Published date | December 27, 2021
Publisher | BookBaby
Genre |Autobiography

Author Bio

Natalia Salinas was born in Mexico and raised in McFarland, California. Her community became more widely known after Disney produced a movie “McFarland, USA” about their cross-country team, but while she was growing up, it wasn’t even on the map! In the early 1980s, they organized and fought as a community against a cancer cluster that plagued their community. Her parents were community organizers and she admired them for this. She had an exciting childhood with people from all over the United States coming to McFarland to visit and organize against injustices during the summers. However, while she enjoyed her childhood, she also struggled with serious mental illness.

When she was 14 years old she attempted suicide for the second time by jumping off the McFarland walking bridge. However, she was not accepting of medication or therapy for her mental illness until she was in her early 40s. She does NOT recommend this. Becoming accepting of her mental illness was part of her journey. She is now a successful Licensed Clinical Social Worker with specific training in addictions. She has a variety of training and more than 15 years of experience, but ultimately, she believes that she is better able to help her clients because of her past experiences. Giving back to the community of people with mental illness and those with loved ones who may have mental illness brings her joy.

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