A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes: Naming and Shaming Mental Health Stigmas Paperback – 19 Feb 2018
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'Lucy writes with humour and intelligence' (Denise Welch) 'Lucy's warmth and candour shine through in her writing' (Standard Issue) --.
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This book succeeded on both counts and more! Lucy writes so honestly and openly about her struggles, never sugar coating any of the tough times but also letting her humour come through as well from her times going up in the 80s to her present day life as a mental health columnist and blogger. I was amazed at how relatable this was, and perhaps it's because I could see so much of myself in how Lucy feels and acts in social situations, that I really took to this. I have worried a lot of my life about talking about my mental health and whether I would be viewed as a self-indulgent person or a narcissist and I have had the hypochondria of worrying about aches and pains and immediately going on Google, convincing yourself you have cancer or heart disease!
Lucy exposes these stereotypes that we face with anxiety, that of being a narcissist, a psycho or a train-wreck and shows how we are too hard on ourselves, too quick to pile hatred on ourselves and too easily hide our pain with drinking, isolation or running away. The way Lucy talks so frankly about her own personal life, from being a shy child with a happy upbringing to an adult trying to find a purpose in life is really amazing and I loved reading it.
Would also say, I loved the message she ultimately picks out of making sure no matter how low you feel or how isolated that you reach out for support and don't think your issues don't deserve help. They do, and Lucy makes it clear from her own experiences that ignoring anxiety and pushing people away is not good, even if it feels the natural thing to do. I can't wait to read more from her and recommend this book hugely.
In her ‘Series of unfortunate stereotypes,’ Lucy welcomes us into her world, her childhood, her life...normalising mental ill health as she goes...
She reminded me we all hold preconceived ideas and prejudices - it’s what we ultimately do with them that really matters.
This is a lovely, intimate story that’s left me in the weird position of thinking I’m a close friend of someone I’ve never met.
To reiterate...Read it!