virginia-pillars-cartoon     Hello! Thank you for coming to my website. I appreciate it.

     I started this site as an avenue to bring awareness and hope. I began my journey into mental illness in late 2004. In 2008, I began to explore writing my thoughts down to share with others.

     First, I feel I must be honest with you. Virginia Pillars is not my real name. I use this name at my family’s request to stay out of the public eye. I honored their wishes and write with a pseudonym about my journey through mental illness with my adult child. I live on a farm, along with my husband of forty-two years. I am the mother of four—one of whom suffered from a mental illness—and grandmother of four with a passion for reaching out to families who are also affected by mental illness. I volunteer as an educator and a support group leader for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (under my legal name) and speak on the effects of mental illness on families. I also became certified in First Aid for Mental Health.

My faith life is important to me and I share it with those who wish to listen. I’ve been a frequent speaker on my faith journey to youth and adults for over twenty-five years.

I try to live deliberately, practice kindness and focus my efforts on supporting family and friends. I try to help people find hope in their own journeys.

I wrote my journey through mental illness with my adult child. My award-winning book, Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child’s Mental Illness, was published by Familius and released on September 6, 2016

2017 Selah Memoir Winner





Available at the following retailers or ask for it by name at your favorite independent book seller. They can order it for you.


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