The name of this site does not glorify suicide or anything self-destructive that Sylvia Plath did in her short and tragic life. However, it does take stock of her enormous talent and one of the first books that makes people take notice of mental illness. Most importantly though, If you do feel suicidal or you are indulging in risky behavior which may end in unintentional suicide, please tell somebody; family, friends, colleagues, anyone you trust. And if they don’t take you seriously, tell someone else, don’t stop at one person. Please click on this link to our resources page to get emergency contacts, suicide prevention hotlines and universal or national websites that connect you with organizations in your country. Also, if you have a feeling that a friend, spouse or family member is struggling with their mental health, don’t stay silent, talk to them or go onto www.rethink.org to start a checklist and get advice on the steps forward for you and your loved one.
So, let us open the jar and see what’s inside...
Please don’t sue Britney...
A new interactive, video comedy bit that no-one asked for. ‘Betsy’s Bell Jar: 1 Joke A Day.’
For sticklers it’s not everyday, it’s like ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.’ They don’t do a show every week! It’s just a good slogan!
Anyway, 5 minute video segments about mental health news, issues and everything-on this site.
Under 3 mins for Youtube.com/@betsysbelljar1jokeaday. Under 1 min for Instagram or if you’re lazy this link. Tik-Tok? In progress, I need to find a Gen Z to help me with that (TBC...)
Watch this space, literally. Premiere is coming in a week or so.
By Betsy Cole
How do toxic people use silence to manipulate relationships? Here are handy signs to recognize how these tactics might be at work in your life.
BY JAMIE DONMOYER, Former Scapegoat of a Narcissistic Parent
Narcissists can be destructive forces in our lives in many ways but they are also great at recognizing the training and patterns instilled by other narcissists.
Guest contributor Carlo Cavagna shares about recognizing these patterns in professional and creative settings. Heidi Hornbacher contextualizes the inspiration for his essay through personal experience.
BY HEIDI HORNBACHER & CARLO CAVAGNA
ESO: EMOTIONAL SUPPORT OFFICER
2nd February 2013-26th August 2022
Toby Wan Kenobi his name resulted when his Grandma confused the Star Wars character’s name and Betsy thought it was funny. When they met she picked him up and he licked her on the nose; he chose her. They’ve been inseparable ever since. Toby takes his role as Emotional Support Officer (ESO) duties very seriously. Toby enjoys snacks, walks, his toys and attention, especially from his mum!
BY BETSY COLE