Suzan Milburn is a volunteer at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC Division. Ten years ago, she went through a severe depressive episode during which she discovered she could paint without any previous experience or training. She painted for hours every day as a way to keep the dark thoughts at bay.

In 2004, CMHA BC published her first book of paintings, called "Responding to the Call," which she created while living with depression. The sequel to her first book is a collection of art she has created over the last nine years. "Responding to the Call: the Sequel" is about acceptance and self kindness, as well as finding the fragile part of yourself which yearns for attention and love. Through paintings from journals, bottom drawers, and old sketch books, Suzan chronicles her journey to find the silver lining in mental illness.

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