I had conditioned myself to show a nothing but a bright cheerful exterior, whilst my insides were twisted like weeds
Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author who was born Yorkshire where he still lives today with his wife, children and dog, Alfie. His debut novel, The Radio was shortlisted for The Novel Prize 2012. He has spoken in schools, colleges, prisons and universities about creative writing and storytelling and appeared at various literary festivals including Sheffield’s Off the Shelf and Doncaster’s Turn the Page festival. His second novel, The Page was released in February 2015. His much anticipated third novel, A Tiny Feeling of Fear was released in September 2015 and tells the story of a character struggling with mental illness. All profits from this novel are donated to charity to raise awareness of mental health issues. This was accompanied by the short film, Hidden which was directed by Simon Gamble and can be seen on youtube. In 2016, he signed for boutique publishers, Hideaway Fall and his fourth novel Broken Branches was released in July 2017, winning book of the month in Candis magazine for September. He is a tireless campaigner for mental health awareness and writes his own column regularly for the Huffington Post. He has recently written for the Big Issue and spoken at length about his own personal struggle on the BBC and Radio Talk Europe. His fifth book, the critically acclaimed Drift Stumble Fall was released in Spring 2018.
This is one area where the cult of celebrity really can help. We should be celebrating those who have come forward to tell their stories on a global scale. Because the only way we can remove the stigma is by encouraging everyone to talk about how they feel.
11/05/2017 16:33 BST
As many of you will know I've written extensively on this subject. My own experience being a heavy and unspoken cloud of depression, which engulfed me both before and more so after the suicide of my brother thirteen years ago.
09/05/2017 14:32 BST
We need to keep talking. Speaking out about how we feel. That's why I've written this article. To tell people it's okay to feel this way. We're not weird or crazy. We're much like anyone else. And by talking, we can get better. I'm absolute proof of this.
02/12/2016 12:45 GMT
Fear and Loathing. Why are these two words relevant to mental illness? Well, I'll put forward the argument that the two co-exist in the world of mental health. And sadly, each feeds the other.
25/04/2016 16:40 BST
I was seventeen when my brother and best friend, Simon threw himself from the top of the local multi-storey car park. He was nineteen and happily, he survived on that occasion. It would be another thirteen years before he finally succeeded and took his own life at thirty two.
06/04/2016 17:27 BST
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