Finally the wait is over: Dandelions and Bad Hair Days out on Kindle
A few days ago, the news I’d been waiting for came in. Last October, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, I went to the launch of a book written to raise awareness and funds for mental health charities. Complied and edited by Suzie Grogan Dandelions and Bad Hair Days sold a hefty whack of the first print run on launch day and has been selling steadily ever since.
But now it’s out on Kindle and in its first week it soared into the top 100 for not one but three categories on Amazon.
This is not a self help book, as such. It doesn’t tell you how to deal with mental health crises in ten bullet points. It doesn’t go into the theories behind why mental distress occurs. It’s written by people closely affected by mental health issues, as sufferers or as carers, and not one of the stories will fail to move or inspire you. It contains poetry and prose, and even humour.
In the last week, mental health has been in the news. Ruby Wax has a new book out about it. Stephen Fry has been talking about a suicide attempt last year. This isn’t an issue that is going to go away.
Dandelions and Bad Hair Days doesn’t have a celebrity cheer leader to get it onto TV or into the newspapers. This is very much a grass-roots project, but it relies on word of mouth to pass the news on. I have three entries: two essays and a poem. In fact, the book title is from my essay, something I am still very proud of. All of the profits go to SANE and to OCD Action; none of the contributors are paid. This is a topic I am passionate about: 1 in 3 people will experience mental health issues at some time in their lives. I’ve been affected my whole life and if I can do anything to help ease the suffering of another soul, then I shall.
This book is part of my own reaching out to help others. Pass it on.