Steve Spicer, a friend of mine - I hope I can call him that although we've never met - has written, illustrated and published a book called Grey and Dismal Green.
I'll quote from the cover: What it means to be a person who is depressed, anxious, or self-harming, and how you can care for them.
The title comes from the colours they paint institutions.
It tells a personal story of how depression and anxiety can take hold and dominate a life. I say personal; it's incredibly personal and must have been so hard to retell and relive. Indeed the story continues today. As I said in my previous post I only suffer mildly; this sort of suffering must be almost unbearable and proved to be on occasions when suicide was attempted.
And it must be horrendous to care for a person you love and see that person in mental agony and torment.
The majority of the book tells the sufferer's story in her own words and in amazing pictures but it also offers help, suggestions based on experience, on what to do if someone has a panic attack, is suicidal or self-harming.
I am so moved by it and am convinced it could be really helpful to people either suffering or caring for a sufferer.
It will be available from Amazon soon; in the meantime if you're interested and would like to buy a copy contact me.