Comedy performer and broadcaster Helen Keen explores the impact of a condition she once suffered from, known as Selective Mutism: an anxiety disorder that has been described as a phobia of speaking.
Ashley John Baptiste interviews Sabrina Branwood for the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme
While Amber has recovered from SM now, and supports people with SM through her own website (www.ambercolon.com), this is a very moving first-hand account of SM.
“I did this for my teachers and fellow students who just didn't understand what I was going through. I got made fun of because I couldn't talk, they called me stupid.”
“I don't speak in public. Most of you have probably never heard of the condition I have. It's called Selective Mutism.”
“I was severely bullied by people who didn't even KNOW me because I didn't talk - and even by teachers.”
Carl writes about SM - what is it, what is like to experience, and the long term repercussions
of suffering from it.
Carl write about the myths surrounding SM and challenges them - including SM being a childhood-only
or school-only issue, neither of which are true.
Carl, the founder of iSpeak, writes about growing up with Selective Mutism in an online article
commissioned by Rethink.
Carl's poem for Selective Mutism awareness month!
A free booklet explaining Selective Mutism by Maggie Johnson and Alison Wintgens.
A free booklet explaining Selective Mutism by Maggie Johnson and Alison Wintgens (translated into Welsh.)