In these difficult times, it is perhaps unsurprising to see today’s article on the BBC website highlighting the rise in the number of people living with depression in England, which, according to NHS data is up by half a million. The World Health Organisation chose depression as the theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day with the aim of encouraging governments to address the condition as a widespread, treatable illness that affects individuals of all ages, the families and their peers.
At Piatkus, where we strive continually to provide books that offer practical help, we have seen the need for assistance and guidance relating to depression reflected in the demand for a number of our books. Beating Stress, Anxiety and Depression by Professor Jane Plant and Janet Stephenson, for example, sells consistently, with many people finding the book in traditional bookshops as much as online, and also internationally – particularly in Canada. We continue to take orders for it every month, having originally published in 2008. Our sister imprint, Little, Brown, also found significant demand for Mark Rice-Oxley’s book Underneath the Lemon Tree: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery, that charted in very elegant prose Mark’s struggle to overcome his depression, which hit him seemingly out of the blue on his 40th birthday. The response to this book in particular has been marked by an appreciation that the author took the time to put his story down on paper.
The BBC article pinpointed the impact on mental health of job losses and relationship breakdown due to the economic climate. Next February we will publish Dr Robert Leahy’s brilliant book Keeping Your Head After Losing Your Job. Dr Leahy is a highly qualified expert on cognitive behavioural therapy and this book looks at the mental, physical and emotional fallout of unemployment, and offers practical advice on how to stay calm and positive.
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