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It's Not OK to Feel Blue and other lies: Inspirational people open up about their mental health

Scarlett Curtis



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15 October 2019
Health & Self-Help; Coping with personal problems; Popular psychology; Personal & social issues: self-awareness & self-esteem (Children's&YA)
Last year, Scarlett Curtis and 52 inspirational women wrote an extraordinary anthology on what feminism means to them. The book went on to be a cultural phenomenon and turned the world Pink.

This year, it's Blue.

We are living in the middle of a mental health epidemic and we have a choice- we can be floored by it - or we can start to make a difference.

Here are the extraordinary people making that difference. Other People Don't Feel Blue (and other lies) is a collection of words from those who have suffered through the worst, and know what it's like to fight to feel better.

This isn't just a book. It's a shout, a scream that cuts above the noise and lets everyone know they are not alone. Funny, sad, clever, relatable it will be a shining example of the power of words to make us all feel better.
By:   Scarlett Curtis
Imprint:   Puffin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 41mm
Weight:   689g
ISBN:   9780241410899
ISBN 10:   0241410894
Series:   And Other Lies
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 17 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  Young adult ,  ELT Advanced ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Scarlett Curtis is a writer, journalist, blogger and activist. She has had work published in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, Vogue and a number of other online and offline magazines and newspapers. In February 2017 she began writing a weekly column for The Sunday Times Style newspaper titled The Generation Z Hit List; her job is essentially to watch TV, google things and listen to podcasts and she really can't imagine anything better. She worked for 18 months as social media director of the UN's campaign 'The Global Goals' and is a passionate activist, currently working with the Un-Idle Collective; an online and offline activism collective for young women.

Reviews for It's Not OK to Feel Blue and other lies: Inspirational people open up about their mental health

We advise placing a copy in the hands of every girl (and guy) you know * Red Magazine * This collection of essays curated by writer Scarlett Curtis is a call-to-arm that allows us to unpick what it means to be a feminist in a safe space * Stylist * Pick it up and read one story from your favourite columnist or actress, but I guarantee you'll end up reading the full, illuminating collection, and you'll possibly finish it knowing more about your own personal stance than you imagined * Glamour * Wonderfully candid, often funny and absolutely necessary, a triumphant rallying call to young women * Observer * As a feminist who loves pink, I give this brilliant book of essays an enthusiastic YES ! * Mindy Kaling (on FEMINISTS DON'T WEAR PINK) * Brilliant, hysterical, truthful and real. These essays illuminate the path for our future female leaders * Reese Witherspoon (on FEMINISTS DON'T WEAR PINK) * I think everyone has moments where they're embarrassed by what they're feeling and don't want to talk about it. I get it a lot, and feel unable to tell people I feel down because I know the reply will be, 'but why? Everything seems to be going right.' Reading this book made me feel more normal about how I feel sometimes, whether it's for a reason or just because that's how I woke up that day. It's a great book; however you're feeling, it will help * Ed Sheeran * This is the book I needed when I was younger. May this be a leap forward in the much needed conversation around mental health * Jameela Jamil * This is the freshest, clearest, most direct, honest and urgent collection of writings about mental health that I've read. Scarlett Curtis has curated a stunning variety of voices in the service of blowing away the foggy vapours of misery, incomprehension, secrecy and lonely shame that can shroud us. Within the pages there is searing wit, blinding passion, bleeding emotion and a fantastic, heroic, glorious refusal to lie down and take it that more than anything characterises the new energy behind the mental health movement. Anyone within a few degrees of someone with a mental health problem - and that means the whole world - should read this * Stephen Fry *

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