By Sandra Banawich
Key Themes: Mental Illness, Psychosis, Poetry, Short Stories
About the Author
Sandra Banawich is the second eldest of six children. She was born on Merseyside and had a troubled childhood when she was badly bullied.
It was not until Sandra had married with three small children that she had her first breakdown. It came as quite a shock and she had to prove to herself that she had value as a human being. After being labelled with schizophrenia Sandra trained as a Citizens advice worker .
Following further episodes of psychosis she set about becoming a Local Labour Councillor and was very active as a campaigner in that role. Sandra was the first to give written evidence to the Parliamentary Sub Committee against the Draft Mental Health Bill.
Sandra is now a NHS Trust Member Councillor of the Five Borough Trust where she lives. She is actively involved in trying to improve the service user experience and sits on the Clinical Risk and Governance Committee.
Following the success of her debut book A Broken Thing tales from the Ebony Cat
In her pen name Sarah Banawich. Sandra has focused on a second collection of poetry, verse and short stories