“Raising awareness of Mental Health issues…”

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9th September 2015

Hi all

I hope you are all well.

If you have read any of my endless spoutings recently you’ll know that my new novel, A Tiny Feeling of Fear deals with mental health and why we somehow cannot express ourselves. The lead character goes on a mission to be entirely honest with the world to save his own life. I have been lucky enough to be involved with a couple of charities recently spreading the word and ultimately trying to ‘normalise’ the fact that we all suffer at some stage, whether it be racing thoughts, sleepless night, anxiety, panic attacks through to deepest depression.

We have the ability to cure almost every ‘physical’ illness there is. You have a broken leg, you get a pot put on. You need a new kidney, they can transplant one for you. Granted we are not always successful in such operations and I am not trying to make light of the fact that many people have lost loved ones through terrible illnesses. But we are getting there and we read about breakthroughs in medicine (cancer / dementia) all the time.

Mental health is overlooked and is still a taboo subject. It is stigmatised beyond belief. How many of us would phone into work and say “I’m not coming in today, I have really bad butterflies and feel really anxious?”

To make life easy for you here are the links below.

Rethink – “The calmness writing brings”

I was also lucky enough to speak on BBC Radio Sheffield today, along with Jane Powell from THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY (CALM) about mental health issues and my new book. Check it out here.

Fast forward to an hour in (my bit at 1hr 40mins)

A Tiny Feeling of Fear is out next week. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. The cover art by Barnsley’s very own Terry Brookes is perfection itself and visually covers the story down to a tee. I really really hope you enjoy the book. As always it has an enormous twist. I guarantee you will not spot it. More details are here. I can tell you it is still worth getting a pre-order in, for reasons you will see when you receive the book.

Here’s the link to the new book, ATFOF

Please do all take care.