About The Diary Healer
Providing guidance in exploring diary writing and storytelling for self-healing and personal fulfilment, and as therapy for trauma and associated mental health challenges.
June’s prime motivation for The Diary Healer is to connect with people who have experienced an eating disorder, trauma or other mental health challenge, and to inspire them through the use of the narrative, to live a full and meaningful life.
June has written nine books about eating disorders. Prior to writing books, which include her memoir, June had a long career in print journalism as a journalist, sub-editor and editor. She combines her writing expertise with the life experience of recovering from anorexia nervosa, trauma and other comorbidities.
In 2017, June graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing). Her research focused on using extracts from unsolicited diaries to create a book about the usefulness of journaling in eating disorder treatment.
In July 2020, June began a three-year term as a Director on the Board of the Academy for Eating Disorders, representing ‘Experts by Experience’ (the caregivers and people with the illness).
Her contribution to the eating disorder field was recognised at the 2016 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco where she was awarded the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy.
June is a co-chair of the NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group, and a foundation steering committee member of the annual World Eating Disorders Action Day. She is a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Writers Victoria, Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and is an advisory panel member for Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)
Today June enjoys being a writing mentor for:
- People with mental health challenges —helping them to find purpose in their life through writing their story; and
- People who want to write their memoir.
June also enjoys being a non-fiction manuscript copy editor for people who have written their story and wish to prepare it to publication standard.
Sarah Cannata is a trained journalist and passionate storyteller who has worked in Communications for over 10 years. She is also an accredited Mental Health First Aider (Mental Health First Aid Australia). As a teenager, Sarah developed anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder she would struggle with for the next decade. Sarah managed to overcome her illness by the time she was a young adult, however, she hadn’t openly written or discussed her lived experience before meeting June in late 2018 and learning about The Diary Healer website (click here to read Sarah’s story).
In 2019, Sarah and June began collaborating and working together to launch new initiatives on The Diary Healer including a podcast and eBook. New projects will continue to be developed in 2020. Sarah is honoured to contribute to the safe, supportive and healing environment that is thediaryhealer.com – she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
We wish to acknowledge the valuable input of Diana Beaudet, a foundation member of our Diary Healer team, who maintains ongoing support and interest with occasional blog posts.
Life transition planning and mentoring, peer support and individual skill development through using the narrative Write your Story with a Mentor with Dr June Alexander NDIS Registered Provider (Self-managed; plan managed; or agency managed) Working with a writing mentor can help you to separate yourself from the issues you’re facing and put you in the..