In her creative non-fiction piece Learning How To Speak, debut author Crystal Vaughan delves back into her teen years which were filled with frequent bullying, feelings of isolation, and depression. She tells of not fitting in, a rocky homelife and having the first of many anxiety attacks. Vaughan wrote the short to help deconstruct the stigma that often surrounds mental health issues, especially in teenagers.

20% of proceeds from the sale of Vaughan’s story, published by Fierce Ink Press and available at Storenvy, Amazon, Kobo and iTunes, will benefit the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development.

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