Scarlett Curtis curates new mental health anthology: It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies)

Scarlett Curtis, writer, blogger, activist and curator of the bestselling Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies), presents an extraordinary anthology of writing from 75 inspirational people on what mental health means to them. 10% of RRP of every copy sold will go to the mental health charity SHOUT, a crisis text line.

Featuring famous voices, campaigners, world class authors, musicians and experts in the field, It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) is a call to arms to tackle the mental illness epidemic. Exploring a breadth of topics from anxiety and sexuality to race and addiction, contributions include: a poem about depression by singer and songwriter Sam Smith; actress Emilia Clarke on body image and illness; an open letter about her late husband’s suicide by author Poorna Bell; coping tools from clinical psychologist Tanya Byron; and pieces by volunteers for SHOUT.

Published in partnership with Shout, the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere, this book is here to tell you, no matter your age, background or gender: it’s okay to feel blue.

Scarlett Curtis, curator of and contributor to It’s Not Ok to Feel Blue (and other lies) said: “We all have a mental health. I don’t think I quite realised the extent to which that statement is true until I read the incredible essays in this book. This book is many things but more than anything it’s a love letter to humanity, it is a SHOUT, a scream into the noise that let’s everyone know they are not alone, it is a safety net, showing young people that what they’re going through isn’t something to be afraid of. My hope is that it will speak to those who’ve been suffering for years and those who just don’t quite feel right. It’s a guide to the friends and family of someone who is going through a tough time and a piece of cold hard evidence to show that having a mental health problem doesn’t have to define your life. More than anything, this book is a puzzle piece of the global movement that is working to dismantle the shame around mental illness and tell everyone ‘going through something’ that they are not alone. This book is everything I needed as a suicidal 17 year old and even if one person buys it and feels a little less ashamed of their own mental health I will have done my job.”

It’s Not Ok To Feel Blue (and other lies) is released on October 3rd 2019 for £14.99.

Contributors for the book are

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


Lauren Mahon

Lena Dunham

Maggie Matić

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


Sharon Chalkin Feldstein

Shonagh Marie

Simon Amstell

Sinéad Burke

Steve Ali

Tanya Byron

Travon Free

Yomi Adegoke

Yusuf Al Majarhi


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