The day is May 16th. An ordinary day for many; for some, a day that would change the course of their lives irrevocably. A Day in My Head is a collection of one hundred authentic first-hand accounts of mental illness, ranging from obsessive compulsive disorder to depression, anxiety, panic disorder, physical abuse, schizophrenia, autism and many more. Both moving and funny, the diverse diary entries in this book - which includes contributions from The Rt Hon. Norman Lamb and leading Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Professor David Veale - offer insight and hope that we may someday transcend the stigma surrounding mental illness as we continue journeying propitiously to ever safer, more compassionate shores ...
There exists a contradiction in our modern world; on the one hand, a shift towards the vagaries of the individual ('the Age of Egocasting') and yet on the other, a feeling that one might simply be lost in a sea of angry voices. Hard enough to live with the idea that we might be diferent; tougher still to feel constantly lost and unheard.
A Day in My Head finds resonance in the notion, espoused so well by Kurt Vonnegut, that 'human beings need all the family they can get'. Which in the context of this project is the very firm conviction that in an age of personalization and thoughtful criticism, compassion and understanding are key. Just what is it like to live with mental illness? Often one is surprised to learn just how many points of comparison exist between great numbers of us worldwide, otherwise convinced we really are the only ones...
All profits of A Day in My Head go to mental health charities which currently include: OCD Action, Beat and Rethink Mental Illness.