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

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  773 ratings  ·  86 reviews

*The Sunday Times bestseller*

'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

It's OK if everything might feel a bit overwhelming.
It's OK to talk about it.
It's OK to not want to talk about it.
It's OK to find it funny.
It's OK to be human.

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Kindle Edition, 542 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Penguin
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It takes a certain amount of courage to share things about your life, as deeply as the people do in this book, and I'd like to thank those individuals for doing so. These accounts, that are all on the subject of mental health, were incredibly raw, and personal to the individual that wrote it, and I think that is what makes this book so special and inspiring.

Mental health is still stigmatised, and it's about time that ended. A person's mental health is so important to one's quality of life, yet
Christopher Kendle
I’m going to try and keep how I feel about this book as brief as possible.
Firstly, to Scarlett and every single person that has contributed to this collection, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing each of your mental health stories, I know just how brave it is to be so simultaneously vulnerable yet strong at the same time and one day I hope I’ll be able to get to a place where I can share my story without feeling ashamed and deleting my words and saving them for another time.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful, thought-provoking. This isn't a book. This is 70+ people telling you it's ok to not be ok.
On a good day it's a wonderful read, on a bad day it's a lifeline, this something everyone should read.
"All the royalties are going to the INCREDIBLE give us a shout – the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text line.
Katarina Szulenyiova
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“One day you’ll be sitting on a sofa and you’ll find yourself laughing; for a second it won’t hurt, for a second you will just be there, in that moment, and, for a second, life will feel OK.”

It can be hard to review a book that is not actually a book, but rather a collection of essays. What do you do? Do you go nit-picking story by story, praising one contributor while shrugging about the writing skills of another? Or do you try to recap the recurrent theme, the one that is glaringly obvious
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 some hit me more than others ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to (and probably will) read this all over again; I feel so seen and understood. Found the format very effective, I liked the contrast between poems, drawings, lists, stream of consciousness and structured text - it visually shows how we express and experience mental health in different ways.

A positive, uplifting and affirming book which I would highly recommend everyone reads; whether or not they are struggling with mental health.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was AMAZING!!!! I have so many words to say but I can't say it all, I've not actually finished this book I just skipped through all the essays but I would recommend this to anyone I've ever met and should be recommended reading in all schools aswell
Rebekah May
I don't feel like I can properly review this book because the reading experience is so personal. Everyone will react to this book in different ways but what I can promise you is that it's worth reading. This was so hard for me to read, I had to read it a couple of essays at a time, and now I'm feeling kind of drained by it. That being said, I also feel better knowing that such a diverse range of people are feeling similar things to me. I wish I had this book when I was 18 and going through one ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soothed my soul and calmed my mind.
Kate Henderson
I definitely feel the themes that this book are incredibly important and need to be spoken about but the actual format of this book I struggled with. It became quite tedious after a while.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally write reviews and I’m pretty sure that what I’m going to say will echo what a lot of other people have said about this book, but I’m gonna do it anyway.
I really wish I’d had this book about 11-12 years ago when I was going through my own mental health crisis. When you’re a teen and you suddenly experience anxiety, panic attacks and depression which lead to self harm and dropping out of school, and generally feeling like you don’t want to be alive anymore, it can absolutely seem
Emma-Hope Newitt
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been engrossed to this book from the moment I picked it up. It's chunky but it's important. Imagine finding a book that shouts out how it feels to suffer with mental health, a book that shows us we're not alone, a book that shows celebrities suffer too, a book that shows different people from all walks of life have mental health problems too, a book that sometimes feels it's telling your own story, a book that really pulls at your's this book. Scarlett Curtis has done a ...more
Éabha Wall
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
To be honest, it got to the point where I couldn't wait to get to the end of this. I don't know if I would recommend it. I love Curtis's other collection of essays "Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies..)
My main issue with this, there were too many stories. So overall it was hit or miss, some stories were more compelling than others. A few definitely got me thinking and offered a new perspective, but I honestly found one or two a bit self indulgent, or perhaps lost on me. Maybe if you read
grace louise
This book is needed. These wonderful, relateable, heart-wrenching stories are needed. These incredible, brave, honest voices are needed.
This is beyond paper and ink, this is the kind of book that can really change things for a lot of people. And change is something we desperately, wholly need. Please buy (then lend) this book to your Mum, best friend, neighbour, college, classmate and most importantly for yourself.
Have a wonderful day x
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I am coming to realise that we can all have years of stillness, whether it’s due to a break-up, grief, illness or just needing to be still. I am coming to know that being still can help us grow. Being still can help us discover. It’s OK to be still.”

Inspiring and good to hear that are more people like me with problems like me.
Julie Shields
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you have ever struggled with mental health or been close to someone who has battled their demons, this book is a truly inspirational collection of writings with a comforting message that we are all ok ...more
This is a collection of 70 or so essays on mental health. It's a bit long, and honestly, by the end I was getting a bit bored of it and I skim read the last two hundred or so pages. But there were some stories I liked:

A Week in the Life of a Madwoman by Ella Purnell

Saying Goodbye by Alistair Campbell

A Tale of Two Cities by Jo Irwin

The Thread of Sadness by Alexis Caught

Saying My Mind by Kelechi Okafor

Did You Have a Dance? by Eve Delaney

A Secret by Jamie Flook

Ok. Some don't want to go to work and
Chaitanya Waghchoure
Scarlett Curtis has managed to bring insight into the mental health by compiling beautiful thoughts and personal life experiences about self, family and friends from the inspirational people across various fields. This book lets us understand that we are not alone dealing with the mental health problems in this complex life. It provides a fresh perspective in a simplified way that not only allows us to acknowledge and embrace our mental health, but also to seek help if needed, which in itself is ...more
this is exactly what i needed right now. i’m going through a rough patch in my mental health and i think this is something i’m going to come back to over and over again because it’s like the hug from a friend i so desperately needed but wasn’t there so thank you to everyone who contributed to this books existence.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I’ve ever read. Short stories written by people who have some kind of connections to mental illness are truly inspiring. It’s a must-read if you’re suffering from mental health and feel alone, but I highly recommend it to people whose family or friend has a mental health related problem. It’s the easiest way to understand how it feels to have depression or anxiety, and if you are fighting against the illness, you’ll be assured you’re not alone.
Ece Ozcan
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this book is much needed, to show how it is okay to not be okay. Its a collection of mini essays from different people coming from different backgrounds. I personally loved it and each essay shows you a different perspective of mental health.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A necessary read!! It's one of the best ways to understand the mental health issues our society is struggling with today!
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an important book
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not the book you want but the book you need! Thank you to Scarlett Curtis and all the contributors within this book for helping me see that I am not alone, that my feelings are valid and mostly that it’s okay to not be okay.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Everybody has a mental health – so I am convinced that this book is for everyone.

So many different voices, stories and souls, I’m sure that there is a glimpse of light and ease for everyone.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will probably read this again or use for reference on my ‘bad days’. This is the kind of book I would have loved to have read growing up and whilst the message is clear, ‘It’s okay to not feel okay’ there still exists a large amount of stigma and miseducation towards mental health, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorders and other illnesses, conditions and disabilities in general both unseen and seen (I don’t like using the word ‘invisible’ when describing illnesses that cannot be ...more
Nicky Maunder
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-2019
It’s Not OK to Feel Blue and Other Lies is a powerful anthology of essays, letters, poems, and other candid insights into a whole host of well known (and some not so well known - but that could be my age ) people that have been affected by mental ill health; either themselves or people they love. I love how each contribution is so different, honest and offers little snippets of geniusness (yes I made up a word) to help you, the reader, deal with whatever your life is throwing at you. The ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1 book.
74 contributors
74 essays/poems/illustrations/song lyrics/diary entries/steam of conscious etc.

Some I found myself relating to, some were funny, some were heartbreaking, some were like a gut punch and some I haven’t quite processed. What they all share is that they all fall under the overhead term ‘mental health’ and they’re all brave because it is ok to talk about this.

The range of styles and format of how each author approaches their individual piece makes the reading of each
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying I read ‘Feminists don’t wear pink and other lies’ and I loved it Scarlett Curtis is not only an eloquent and engaging speaker herself but she has a huge insight in to things we should all hear. She asks amazing inspiring people to share their truths. So I would have read this on that basis alone but as someone who has a history with mental health issues (and I don’t like the word issues by the way) first hand and have seen those around me suffer too reading this book was ...more
Chris Shepheard
An important book and one which may help the reader through difficult times. However be aware that what you read could trigger what you may see as an adverse reaction.

The book is linked to "shout" which is a texting service for those in crisis and sales support this vital resource.
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