ARCHIVE: The A-Z Of Good Mental Health /You dont have to be famous

PENGUIN PAPERBACK LAUNCH PARTY

July 12th 2008
THE A-Z OF GOOD MENTAL HEALTH AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DESPRESSION

Thanks to the wonderful Dr Tony Hughes for getting this event off the ground and to Jonathan Naes ofStand To Reason, the anti stigma charity for acting as our hosts. Two hundred and fifty people from the world of health, medicine, politics and media attended St Stephens Club in London’s St James Park. Finally, thanks to Stephen Fry for making such a funny and inspiring speech to everyone that night. 

IF ONLY YOU CAME OUT IN GREEN SPOTS

April 11th 2008

A-Z OF GOOD MENTAL HEALTH/ YOUDON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION.

At long last the exciting ten pound paperback version is finally available and carries a very handsome and helpful index. This book is divided into three parts. The first is known as the manic dialogues and features live and extremely frank conversation between Dr Tony Hughes and Mr Jeremy Thomas regarding their hope, strength and experience regarding being ill with manic depression and other nefarious things but more importantly about getting better and their amusing relationship as doctor and patient over the last thirty years.  The second part features several manic depressives telling their interesting but wildly varying life stories. The remainder of the book is an A-Z of good mental health. This covers a multitude of topics from what sort of therapists are out there to best suggested musical remedies for depression to the importance of Baked Beans to Bulimia to Skunk to Alcohol and Sex Addiction. This down to earth and hopefully informative guide describes what something is, what it is not and what you can do about it. Best described by Stephen Fry as: ‘Everything you always wanted to know about mental health but were afraid to ask.’ 

Read reviews of The A-Z guide to good mental health / You don’t have to be famous to have manic depression

MOVING ON, MOVING BACK AND FORTH.

November 5th 2007

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION BUT IT HELPS BOOK/ SECRET LIFE OF A MANIC DEPRESSIVE STEPHEN FRY TV DOCUMENTARY

Continuing praise keeps coming in for the book from places as far away as Greece, Norway and Los Angeles. This entry salutes Dr Tony Hughes who was my co author in the book and was the man who had the original idea to make the documentary. Next time there will be a photo of him wearing a Father Christmas outfit. And once again congratulations to everyone all round for the documentary being nominated in the US for an Emmy award  and voted by Broadcast magazine as the most creative documentary of 2006.

IS PROCRASTINATON THE THIEF OF TIME?

LONDON AUGUST 5TH 2007

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION/ AN A-Z OF GOOD MENTAL HEALTH.

The book appears to be gaining popularity in the US and in particular in New York. A local publication now looks possible.

Meanwhile in the UK, discussions have taken place to change the title of the book so that it incorporates the words bi-polar. Response from the front line indicates that more people relate to the expression bi-polar than manic depressive. So as much as we prefer the MD description, the book title will be changed in time for the new mass paperback edition to be published next year.

May 13th 2007

BE SURE TO CHEW BEFORE YOU SPEAK

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION

If you missed the special paperback edition of the above issued by Michael Joseph in March, all is not lost!  Penguin’s mass paperback is now set for release in mid-October.

1st September 06

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS TO HAVE MANIC DEPRESSION/AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH.

This book was co written with my friend Dr Tony Hughes and was first published by Michael Joseph/Penguin in September 2006.  It is being published in a less expensive paperback version in March this year.

I was inspired to write the book having acted with Tony Hughes as conceivers and creators of the BBC TV documentary: Stephen Fry-A secret life of a manic depressive.

Put simply, I decided that if British people thought it acceptable to discuss colonic irrigation over the dinner table, then the subject of mental health and manic depression should be discussed also.

In the next ten days a few pages will be added to this section of the site to explain how we came to write the book, who else helped and the difficulties and laughs we encountered on the way.

Read Stephen Fry’s BBC interview about the documentary

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