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Sharon Bull

Inspirational speaker, author and poet

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my Huffpost profile. My name is Sharon Bull and in September 2013 I set up in self-employment as an inspirational speaker, writer and poet under the banner of A Compassionate Voice. The sole purpose, to creatively help others through my own experiences with mental health issues, recovery and well-being. As an advocate of human and animal rights, lover of wildlife and nature, I also use the written and spoken word to influence compassion, kindness and respect for all living beings and the environment. For over fourteen years I worked as a successful sales executive, until 2010, when my world fell apart. Since leaving school I had battled with depression and anxiety, which ultimately triggered a shopping addiction leaving me with £50,000 debt. Approaching my mid years and I lost almost everything, including my life, in a suicide attempt. The past four and a half years my inspirational story has caught the attention of the media, with features in national magazines and press, including Woman’s Own, Psychologies, Daily Mirror, Stella Telegraph and the Daily Express. I am also continually asked to do interviews on numerous radio stations, including several BBC regional stations. I have also wrote successful blogs for the national movement 'Action for Happiness' and charities including 'The Wildlife Trusts' and 'Everyday Mindfulness.' In July 2017, I also made my debut TV appearance, interviewed by Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford on ITV’S This Morning and pre-Christmas 2017 I spent a couple of days with a BBC production team filming for their documentary about debt and its link to mental health issues, aired on Monday 15th January 2018. It was during a telephone interview with the Psychologies feature editor, the seedlings of my first self-help memoir were sewn, after she asked me if I had considered publishing a book about my journey. In February 2016, I successfully self-published my self-help memoir titled Stripped Bare. Even with limited distribution and numerous constraints the book achieved great success, often nestled in the 10,000 UK top sellers, classed as a hot new release by Amazon and reaching the top 20 in the kindle self-help depression category. The reviews, from readers on Amazon, Waterstones and my own official face book page have been heartfelt, encouraging and overwhelming, along with the countless emails and personal messages. In February this year, the book caught the attention of a British publisher -Trigger, who are dedicated to mental health awareness and I have now signed with them. Published on the 21st August 2018 in the UK and the 5th November in America, this is terrific news because it can only add to the book's initial success. I am now excitedly working on a follow up book to Stripped Bare, which I am hoping will be completed later this year 2018 for publiction in 2019. My talks are linked to the issues and values within my upcoming book ‘Stripped Bare.’ There will certainly be aspects of my story many will relate to after hearing my honest and open accounts about situations and circumstances that were repeatedly determined by past events. For further information please visit www.acompassionatevoice.co.uk
Zongoloni's Story of

Zongoloni's Story of Hope

Terrified, grief stricken, lonely, confused, frightened and hungry, emotions and situations we would never wish our own child to have to go through, and yet Zongoloni is one of many elephant calves orphaned in this way, because of ivory poaching.
07/09/2016 09:37 BST
Stripped

Stripped Bare

Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.
24/08/2016 14:50 BST
Four Days of

Four Days of Hell

So many times I have seen where charities, groups and movements fighting the same cause, wanting identical results refuse to pull together through differing opinions, politics and egos, but sadly, no matter what the issue, unless we can unite for what we are fighting for, world leaders and governments will always have the upper hand.
24/11/2015 12:15 GMT
Let Kindness Be the

Let Kindness Be the Inspiration

It's not often you meet someone who inspires you, the way Carole Webb inspired me, but earlier this year I was privileged to meet this wonderful lady and all her animals - including Moonbeam, George, Blossom and Jack. Spending time at Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary confirmed to me, just how intelligent and gentle, farm animals are.
30/07/2015 18:48 BST
Wasn't I Born to be

Wasn't I Born to be Loved?

Surely, the time has to come when animals being used in laboratories is written off into the history books and looked down upon as the antiquated and callous practise that it is.
03/06/2015 12:41 BST
A Compassionate

A Compassionate Voice

I lost my job as a top sales executive with a British brand leader, my company car, wardrobe of designer clothes and shoes, credit cards, my home and consequently my self-respect, because I placed all this material stuff above everything else.
05/03/2015 14:41 GMT
Trafalgar Square Highlights

Trafalgar Square Highlights Taiji

Saturday January 17th 2015, I joined over a thousand people in London's winter sunshine, helping to raise awareness about the truth behind dolphin and whale captivity.
21/01/2015 09:53 GMT
Be the Change in

Be the Change in 2015

We may never get everything we want from life, we may not always get everyone to see our point of view, but if we can <strong><em>be the change</em></strong> we want to see in the world, if we take positive steps in our lives towards this, then others will be inspired to follow!
06/01/2015 10:34 GMT
Taiji's Link to

Taiji's Link to Captivity

Following on from my article 'Taiji Culture, Tradition or Greed' published on November 28th 2014, I would like to introduce you to Rachel Barton. In October this year she made what I would call an extremely difficult decision to travel to Taiji and witness first-hand the merciless and continuous dolphin drives that take place there.
08/12/2014 16:05 GMT
Taiji Culture, Tradition or

Taiji Culture, Tradition or Greed?

In a country renowned for its innovative technology and leading the way in this field through its expertise and sophistication, I call to question its need for outdated entertainment within the numerous dolphinariums and marine parks in Japan.
28/11/2014 14:58 GMT
Taiji Japan - We Will Make a

Taiji Japan - We Will Make a Difference!

Heralded as one of the biggest animal rights demonstrations in the UK, I joined more than a thousand voices in a peaceful protest, raising awareness to the annual barbaric slaughter and captivity of dolphins in Taiji Japan...
18/11/2014 12:45 GMT
A Testament to

A Testament to Recovery

On a late sunny afternoon October 2nd 2014, I skipped out of my new Doctor's surgery feeling like a teenager. Having just received the news about my present state of health, I had every reason to radiate joyfulness and exhibit my delight and gratitude.
15/10/2014 16:28 BST
Forty Eight Hours of

Forty Eight Hours of Hell

For two days I have been witness to the worst horror man could bestow on any living sentient being...
01/10/2014 10:09 BST