Christina Bruni

Cheers.

My signature story is that I got the right treatment within 24 hours of my break and this has enabled me to be in remission for over 22 years.

As a mental health activist, I value relationships and see the uniqueness of the individual as part of the whole picture. I'm committed to championing the wellness of each person by helping others develop strategies to live life well and whole in an organic way.

My memoir, Left of the Dial, is now available on Amazon and will be available shortly as a Kindle e-book. Two self-help books will be published after this book.

Individuality is what makes the world go around. Each of us has right inside ourselves what we need to succeed.

Today it is possible for peers to do more than just recover: we can flourish alongside others who do not have mental health challenges.

We can lead full and robust lives.

Pull up a chair and be my guest here.

Enjoy.

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About The Author

Christina Bruni Author

Christina Bruni is the author of Left of the Dial, one of the most uplifting and inspiring mental health memoirs. She has been in remission over 22 years and is a motivational speaker who cheers on peers to dare dream that a better life is possible. Yes you can she champions.

Bruni obtained a masters in library and information science from Pratt Institute and has worked in a creative field as a professional librarian for over 14 years. Her experience coaching library users with resume writing led her to becoming a peer counselor and mental health activist.

She contributed a chapter, "Recovery is Within Reach," to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. She is the Bruni in the City columnist for New York City Voices, where she writes about life, love and the perfect macaroons to be had in the big city.

Bruni has done numerous public speaking engagements for NAMI chapters and for MHA-New York City. She presented a poster session, "5 Steps to a Successful Recovery from Schizophrenia," at the yearly NAMI convention in San Diego.

She is available for author appearances. You can contact her at cb@christinabruni.com. Currently she is the Health Guide for HealthCentral's schizophrenia website at healthcentral.com/schizophrenia. As well as a writer, she is an artist and a fitness buff. Her motto is: "Go for the Gold!"

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Left of the Dial

Left of the Dial is available on Amazon and will be available shortly in a Kindle e-book.
"Left of the Dial describes a journey of reclamation. Its narrative culminates into a surprise success ending making it an inspirational guide as well as a primer for those dealing with mental issues and for their families. At times heartbreaking, at other times funny, but always from the heart, Bruni's use of dialogue and idiosyncratic detail results in a lively and a profound read." — Judith Carrington, Chair Media & Advocacy Group, NAMI-NYC Metro

Left of the Dial is the uplifting and inspiring account of what happened after I had a breakdown, kicked the illness to the curb, and decided to live my life Left of the Dial.

In the 1980s, I was a disc jockey at WSIA, 88.9 FM, a college radio station that broadcast left of the commercial end of the FM dial. In New York City, that's below 92.3 FM.

As a disc jockey, you read the VU meter to see the level of the intensity of the sound. If the needle veers to the right in the red, it's too loud. The sound is in balance when the needle is on the left. That's where I choose to live: Left of the Dial.

I'm here to cheer you on that you can live a life in balance too: a life of joy and satisfaction regardless of the challenge you might face.

Left of the Dial is the drumbeat for doing your own thing.

Make donuts, sculpt, write fiction, be a CEO, ride the rails in Italy. Do whatever gives you joy.

I champion living creatively, joyously, passionately because normal's overrated.

The definition of normal is average or conforming to a standard. Why be average when you can set the world on fire with your talents?

Left of the Dial signals you don't have to become a tax accountant if what you really want to do is sing in a folk band. Or you can crunch numbers by day and sing your heart out at night.

You can recover yourself along with your mental health.

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Book Reviews

Read early praise for Left of the Dial.
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Book Review

Read early praise for Left of the Dial.

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  • Left of the Dial describes a journey of reclamation. Its narrative culminates into a surprise success ending making it an inspirational guide as well as a primer for those dealing with mental issues and for their families. At times heartbreaking, at other times funny, but always from the heart, Bruni's use of dialogue and idiosyncratic detail results in a lively and a profound read.

    - Judith Carrington, Chair Media & Advocacy Group, NAMI-NYC Metro
  • Left of the Dial is a powerful and unforgettable memoir of her success in forging a life in the face of schizophrenia. Bruni is a talented writer and activist, and this combined with her unflinching honesty and courage, has resulted in a book that opens the door of understanding to the lay person, for a close-up view of daily life with schizophrenia's onset, symptoms, setbacks, stigma and treatment. Her book deserves a wide readership.

    - Gil Fagiani, LCSW, author of Serfs of Psychiatry
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  • Left of the Dial is a testament to the human spirit and at the same time a page turner, deftly and skillfully written and unabashedly honest. This is the memoir of a warrior with a formidable foe against whom she must always do battle. Bruni was determined that her life not be stolen from her. She is now helping others to take back their lives and realize their dreams." --

    - Rosalind Palermo Stevenson, author of Kafka at Rudolf Steiner's, Insect Dreams and The Absent
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  • Christina Bruni's Left of the Dial describes her struggles, achievements, determination and perseverance. Despite being diagnosed with schizophrenia, she weathers the storm, and fights her way through it, earning a masters degree, working full-time as a professional librarian, and becoming a writer and award-winning mental health advocate, using her experiences to aid others. From the outside looking in, her illness is hidden behind her makeup and clothes, but inside she battles with stigma and searches for recognition, love and acceptance. Her story is one of courage. I congratulate Bruni on what she's accomplished in life and enjoyed her insights and triumphs sewn into her story.

    - Sandra Yuen MacKay, author of My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness