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It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies)

Inspirational People Open Up About Their Mental Health
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Teen & Young Adult
4.6 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Everyone has a mental health. So we asked: What does yours mean to you?

The result is extraordinary.

Over 60 people have shared their stories. Powerful, funny, moving, this book is here to tell you:

It's OK.

With writing and audio from a collection of collaborators including:

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 - KUCHENGA - Lauren Mahon - Lena Dunham - Maggie Matic - 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 - Scottee - Sharon Chalkin Feldstein - Shonagh Marie - Simon Amstell - Sinéad Burke - Steve Ali - Tanya Byron - Travon Free - Yomi Adegoke - Yusuf Al Majarhi.

©2019 Scarlett Curtis (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"This is the freshest, most honest collection of writings about mental health that I've read...searing wit, blinding passion, bleeding emotion and a fantastic, heroic, glorious refusal to lie down and take it." (Stephen Fry)

"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)

"This is the book I needed when I was little. May this be a leap forward in the much needed conversation around mental health." (Jameela Jamil)

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Thank you

I had to write to say thank you to everyone who write a piece for this wonderful book. I listen too it as an audio book but also book a hard copy so I can keep coming back to it. As someone who has suffered from many mental health problems for all of my teen/adult life. There’s so much I took away from the book. Every piece was so articulate and helped put words to things I have been feeling but not had the words to express. Would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Xxx

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A truly Amazing Book

There really isn't much can say but listen to this. The honestly that the authors write with is inspirational.

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the audiobook didn't work, the audio didn't work c

the audiobook didn't work, and I couldn't hear any audio so I had to download it again

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Hard to listen to at times approach with caution

Having had my own mental health battle this book intrigued me, but whilst I knew that So many people have mental health issues, actually sitting through 8 hours of dark stories was hard going and did impact my mental well-being. With only a tiny splattering of helpful tips in the book the relentless sadness this was a tough read. Also an interesting approach to narrators. Some contributors read their own pieces but the rest are read by two generic narrators. It’s not a bad setup but I enjoyed hearing authors read their own contributions.

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Amazing!

Amazing writing and courage from the authors. Much respect to them. Thank you so much!

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Amazing

Genuinely one of the most life changing books I’ve ever read. I’ve you’ve ever struggled with mental health or know someone who has this is a must read. I loved how many of the accounts were read by the people who wrote them. Brilliant, brilliant book

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Your not alone in your suffering

A fantastic book for anyone who struggles with their mental health. I'll be keeping this one and playing again as it reminds me I'm not the only one who gets like this which is easily forgotten when not feeling well

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a geniue feeling of not being alone

This audiobook has opened up a new chapter of my life to have listened to true stories from people who have opened up about their mental health and it's an honour to have come across such a compelling and impacting book that I can connect to.

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I didnt realise this was poems, some I liked, some I didnt. some of the narration was not easy to listen to however the male and female who did most of the readings were easily to listen to had soothing voices

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Life changing.

Life changing, Inspiring, hopeful. This audiobook has left me feeling like I am not alone. Thank you <3 x