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A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind: My road to staying sane, and how to navigate yours Paperback – 23 Feb 2017
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A really clear, funny, useful guide to mental health. (Keith Stuart, author of A Boy Made of Blocks)
This is a funny, brutal, kind, sobering, remarkably brave and clear-eyed book. Compelling and necessary. (Warren Ellis, author of Normal, Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan)
Emily Reynolds is a brilliant writer on an important subject. And hilarious too. (Adam Rutherford)
This book isn't just brilliantly written and welcoming in its tone; it's honest, practical and important. It is going to help so many people - including friends and family who desperately want to help a loved one but don't know how. (Emma Gannon, author of Ctrl Alt Delete)
Warm, welcoming and wise. (Red magazine)
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Both practical and sensitive, Emily Reynolds has written a book that not only guides you through mental illness but also holds your hand and reassures you, that thank god, you are not ever alone in this and your experiences aren't unique to you.
I've laughed and cried but more importantly, I've related to Emily. I've related to the isolated feelings, I've related to the dark humour. Instead of feeling patronised or as if I will never achieve the things that Emily did, I've felt like I've been talking to a friend who *knows* how difficult it can be, who's been there and doesn't believe there's a cure-all for everyone. This is seriously refreshing.
I recommend this especially to younger people but honestly, to everybody. I know I'll be revisiting it time and time again - it's full of bookmarks that will ensure it!
I'm not someone with mental health problems myself but I do know several people who do and it is a really valuable insight into what life can be like. It's practical and insightful and written with enough detail to be helpful, but it also has lots of personal anecdotes which I think makes it easier to relate to. Would recommend to all my mad and non-mad friends.
I'd recommend this book if you or anybody in your life has problems with mental illness. Partially as a guide on support and partially to help you feel as though maybe things might not be perfect but that they can still be okay.
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