June has been all about my book Mental Health Wisdom. Yesterday marked four months since its release. Over 70 copies have been sold, mostly in the UK. However the book has gone international, with a couple of copies sold in Germany & Australia.
The feedback from the book has been awesome. People have described it as: excellent, educational, informative, entertaining. Many have said that they have passed it on to their husband/wife/son/daughter/friends who are struggling with their mental health. Many have opened up and told me their stories of struggling, or their stories of their mental illnesses.
Before I published the book, I thought: if this book helps one person, or one person finds it useful, then all the effort, energy and time I put into the book will have been worth it. I’m proud to tell you that it has already helped more than one person.
So what have I actually done?
Local Book Club Talk – I did my first ever local book club talk. All the people at the book club were awesome, lovely and kind. Unexpectedly, everyone at the book club bought a copy of the book, meaning I sold out of my stock. I have since ordered more stock and it has been delivered.
Guest Blogger on NeedToLive – I was invited to be a Guest Blogger on NeedToLive. NeedToLive is a website aimed at supporting students around careers, education, enterprise, finance, lifestyle and well-being. I recycled some old, but still some of my favorite blog posts and sent them over. They published them all, all at once. Here are the articles they published:
- The Well of Resilience
- Poem: Sometimes High, Sometimes Low
- The Secrets to Self-Awareness
- How to Support Someone with Mental Illness
- Signs that Someone is Struggling with Their Mental Health
- 15 Lies That Depression Would Have You Believe
Wigan & Leigh College Keynote Speaker – I was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at Wigan & Leigh College’s annual Student Conference. The presentation was titled How to Survive & Thrive.
I entertained, educated and even got a couple of laughs from the audience. I’m still awaiting formal feedback from the presentation, but informal feedback has included the presentation being described as “brilliant.” They even talked about inviting me to speak at next year’s conference. They are also going to do some publicity to tell my student journey (me being a former student), which should also help promote the book.
That’s pretty much it. But I’ll leave you with a request: If you’ve already bought a copy of Mental Health Wisdom, I’d be grateful for review on Amazon or Goodreads, even if it’s just a star rating:
An Amazon review would be really appreciated. Amazon lists books with reviews higher than those without. You can leave a review in the UK here: https://amzn.to/2NRPz07
An Goodreads review would be really appreciated. You can leave a review here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44402963-mental-health-wisdom—developing-understanding-empathy?ac=1&from_search=true