It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies)
Scarlett Curtis

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Narrated By: Scarlett Curtis, Adam Kay, Honey Ross, Miranda Hart, Saba Asif, Paapa Essiedu, Shvorne Marks, Full Cast Full Cast

Duration: 9 hours and 22 minutes

What to expect

Brought to you by Penguin.

Everyone has a mental health. So we asked: What does yours mean to you?

THE RESULT IS EXTRAORDINARY.

Over 60 people have shared their stories. Powerful, funny, moving, this book is here to tell you:

It's OK.

With writing and audio from a collection of collaborators including:

Adam Kay - Alastair Campbell - Alexis Caught - Ben Platt - Bryony Gordon - Candice Carty-Williams - Charlie Mackesy - Charly Cox - Chidera Eggerue - Claire Stancliffe - Davina McCall - Dawn O'Porter - Elizabeth Day - Elizabeth Uviebinené - Ella Purnell - Emilia Clarke - Emma Thompson - Eve Delaney - Fearne Cotton - Gabby Edlin - Gemma Styles - GIRLI (Milly Toomey) - Grace Beverley - Hannah Witton - Honey Ross - Hussain Manawer - Jack Rooke - James Blake - Jamie Flook - Jamie Windust - Jessie Cave - Jo Irwin - Jonah Freud - Jonny Benjamin - Jordan Stephens - Kai-Isaiah Jamal - Kate Weinberg - Kelechi Okafor - Khalil Aldabbas - KUCHENGA - Lauren Mahon - Lena Dunham - Maggie Matic - Martha Lane Fox - Mathew Kollamkulam - Matt Haig - Megan Crabbe - Michael Kitching - Michelle Elman - Miranda Hart - Mitch Price - Mona Chalabi - Montana Brown - Nadia Craddock - Naomi Campbell - Poorna Bell - Poppy Jamie - Reggie Yates - Ripley Parker - Robert Kazandjian - Rosa Mercuriadis - Saba Asif - Sam Smith - Scarlett Curtis - Scarlett Moffatt - Scottee - Sharon Chalkin Feldstein - Shonagh Marie - Simon Amstell - Sinéad Burke - Steve Ali - Tanya Byron - Travon Free - Yomi Adegoke - Yusuf Al Majarhi

'This is the freshest, most honest collection of writings about mental health that I've read...searing wit, blinding passion, bleeding emotion and a fantastic, heroic, glorious refusal to lie down and take it' - Stephen Fry

'Reading this book made me feel more normal about the things I feel sometimes...It's a great book; however you're feeling, it'll help' - Ed Sheeran

'This is the book I needed when I was little. May this be a leap forward in the much needed conversation around mental health' - Jameela Jamil

Genre

Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: positive / good mental health, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: anxiety, depression & self-harm, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: self-awareness & self-esteem, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: emotions, moods & feelings, Children's / Teenage: Anthologies, Assertiveness, motivation, self-esteem & positive mental attitude, Mind, body, spirit: thought & practice, Coping with anxiety & phobias, Coping with stress

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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

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 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

As a feminist who loves pink, I give this brilliant book of essays an enthusiastic "YES"!

Mindy Kaling (on FEMINISTS DON'T WEAR PINK)

Wonderfully candid, often funny and absolutely necessary, a triumphant rallying call to young women

Observer

We advise placing a copy in the hands of every girl (and guy) you know

Red Magazine

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

Brilliant, hysterical, truthful and real. These essays illuminate the path for our future female leaders

Reese Witherspoon (on FEMINISTS DON'T WEAR PINK)

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