Some of you may know the lovely Aron Bennett, who has previously volunteered with OCD Action for many years. As well as his dedication to supporting others with the condition, Aron has also written two books about his experiences of living with OCD and anxiety. A Day in My Head is Aron's latest project, but this time, there are close to 100 authors involved (including some of the staff and volunteers at the Charity!). We asked Aron to tell us a bit about A Day in My Head. here's what he said:
"The day is May 16th. An ordinary day for many; for some, a day that would change the course of their lives irrevocably. A Day in My Head is a collection of one hundred authentic first-hand accounts of mental illness, ranging from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to depression, anxiety, Panic Disorder, physical abuse, Schizophrenia, Autism and many more. Both moving and funny, the diverse diary entries in this book - which includes contributions from The Rt Hon. Norman Lamb and leading Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Professor David Veale - offers insight and hope that we may someday transcend the stigma surrounding mental illness as we continue journeying propitiously to ever safer, more compassionate shores ..."
What was the inspiration for this project?
"There exists a dichotomy in our 'postmodern' world; on the one hand, a shift towards the vagaries of the individual ('the Age of Egocasting') and yet on the other, a feeling that one might simply be lost in a sea of angry voices. Hard enough to live with the idea that we might be different; tougher still to feel constantly lost and unheard.
A Day in My Head finds plangency in the notion, espoused so well by Kurt Vonnegut, that 'human beings need all the family they can get'. Which in the context of this project is the very firm conviction that in an age of personalisation and thoughtful criticism, compassion and understanding are key. Just what is it like to live with mental illness? Often one is surprised to learn just how many points of comparison exist between great numbers of us worldwide, otherwise convinced we really are the only ones..."
Now on sale, A Day in My Head has already had five star reviews, and is in the top 5% of e-books downloaded in the Kindle store. Not only are we sure it will be a huge success, but we know many people across the world will find comfort in reading this book and realising that they are not alone with their battle against mental ill health.
You can purchase your e-book or paperback copy on Amazon now.