This book is a raw and personal account of what suffering with depression is like. The opening few chapters offer an insight into how quickly depression can send one spiralling into decline and lose all self-confidence and belief. The writing is fiercely emotional, making clear how painful depression is and how difficult an illness it is to overcome.
Nevertheless, as Rachel Kelly takes us through her slow recovery, the tone of the narrative becomes more positive and uplifting. Kelly's description of how words helped to heal her makes for moving and thought provoking reading. The poems and prose passages that are included in the book are themselves wonderful sources of inspiration and comfort.
All in, this is an amazing first book. It is written from deep within the heart, full of warmth, honesty and optimism about how anyone can recover from depression with the simple power of words and perseverance of mind.
After reading, I was excited to discover that there is also a Black Rainbow App available, which I would definitely recommend. It contains a beautiful selection of poetry and prose aimed to offer guidance and comfort for anyone feeling down, as well as many other features to help beat the blues. Like this book, it is in aid of the mental health charities Sane and United Response.