Hi, lovely people!

My name is Yaya and I’m a mental health advocate who believes in the power of stories. Not just the book kind: I believe in the stories we tell about ourselves and our world. These ‘stories’ affect our self-belief, emotions, and actions.

Simple Steps to Self-Kindness

I told myself some pretty rubbish stories in the past - lies, in fact! About my worth, my abilities, and what sort of person I am. Here’s how I rewrote them, and how I want to help you do the same...



My Youtube channel and blog are packed with information about different emotions, self-care, and mental health conditions.


Get top tips on how to be more self-compassionate and resilient via my free worksheets, and self-care zines on Etsy.


Together we'll accept the wonderful way each of our unique minds work!

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Wanna be friends? Watch videos and say hi here!

Self-Care worksheets to help you figure out goals, plan mental health days,

and more! Check out the Worksheets + Resources section to learn more.

Interested in my writing, my videos, or just want to learn more?

Find my by-lines and more information, and reach out to me on my contact page. I'm always interested to hear how we might work together to create compassionate and inspiring content!

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All Books, Writing, Children's Illustration and Comics: Copyright Lauren du Plessis 2019.

Photos by Karina Mazurek.