First Break

DSCN2647Guess what I’m doing here? This was actually taken on Christmas Eve and I’m signing my first contract for literary representation for my young adult novel, First Break.

First Break is a story I’ve worked on for 6 years. It’s the story of 17-year-old Paige who leaves her small town to attend college at an urban university and two weeks in hears voices telling her to kill herself. After trying to make the voices stop with a bottle of her roommate’s Ambien, she ends up on a 72 hour hold, then goes on to stay in an adolescent psychiatric hospital where she turns 18. In the US, this puts her in charge of her own mental health decisions. We go through the journey with her as she wrestles with those choices.

It is my hope that by telling the story of Paige’s journey through the vortex of a first psychotic break–what going through a first psychotic break feels and looks like–readers will walk away with an accurate perception of what mental illness is and how they can help someone (or themselves) when it crosses their path.

Keeping ourselves mentally healthy means not turning our cultural back on others who need mental health support. A reporter from the Press Register in Mobile, Alabama called me last week because they were doing a series of stories on mental health in the wake of Sandy Hook. Alabama had the most severe cuts to their mental health programs of  any state, I believe. They were the only ones I saw that chose to focus on the mental health issue involved instead of the gun scapegoat. I dream of the day when the mental health lobby is as strong as the NRA. Then, perhaps, we can see real change in this country.

When I sell this book, my dream is to start a non-profit focused on helping single-parent families with children who need mental health help. I will take some of the profits from that book to start that so that kids who are in pain (by no fault of their own) can get into a balanced state and thrive.

As I walk down this path, I’m grateful. Grateful for all the people who have shared their stories with me, who have walked with me through my story, and for the brave people living with mental illness who inspire me each day. You are my heroes.

About @jamieweil

I'm on an adventure to bring happiness, relaxation, and some shine to a stressed out world. You might call it a Divine mission. Covid Season 2020 has taught me some important lessons about myself and about you, but most importantly about US. I have written about those in a book called Shine: When Chasing Sacred Spaces Goes Dark, my 6th book which came out December 2020 and hit #1 Bestseller in 7 categories thanks to my readers. I teach an online class to empower empaths through writing and am holding my first writing retreat for empaths under the Full Flower Moon and Lunar Eclipse May 5-7, 2023 in mystical Mt. Shasta, California. We have sold our house, not bought another, and have set out on a synchronistic adventure with Kai, our 103 pound lab, at the center. We call it The Kainnection Adventure. Dogs are the equalizers of all. (Home base:
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12 Responses to First Break

  1. charliepriceauthor says:



  2. Katherine Wenglikowski says:

    I’ll look forward to reading your book. I absolutely agree that the focus of the US urgently needs to recenter itself on mental health and not (or at least less so) on gun control!!!



    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      Why is this so obvious to us, K, and not to the rest out there? Can’t you just see the NRA behind closed doors high-fiving each other and saying, “What a bunch of Doe-doe birds.” While I’m on this planet, I will forever advocate the focus return to the place where our children can not only survive, but thrive, in the face of mental health issues. And, yes, when you read First Break in your book club (like how I slipped that in) I’ll come visit you, sign copies, and drink some of that delicious grape you cellar. (Save the back room for me.)


  3. Damien Balderrama says:

    I love your dedication to the evolution of humanity. We are evolving as a species and you are part of that transitional team. I know there is much work to do and your passion to help others is inspiring. Thank you for your commitment, contribution, and compassion.


    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      As are you, Damien. As are you. Team Transition. Will you share your vision board for 2013 next time I see you at TM? Love to know what’s up and add your goals on the back of my board.


  4. Beth Hull says:

    This is just so flippin’ cool. Smiles all around, my friend! 🙂


  5. Janet mcvicar says:

    Congratulations Jamie, I know this is something you have been working on for a long time.


  6. Janet says:

    You are an example of what can happen when you keep focused on your goals. Dreams really can come true!


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