It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) by Scarlett Curtis

It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies)

*The Sunday Times bestseller* '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 SheeranIt's OK if everything might feel a bit overwhelming. It's OK to talk about it. It's OK to not want to talk about it. It's OK to find it funny. It's OK to be human. Over 70 people have shared their powerful, funny and moving stories exploring their own mental health, inclu...

Details It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies)

TitleIt's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies)
Release DateOct 3rd, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Health, Mental Health, Psychology, Self Help

Reviews It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies)

  • Jo
    It takes a certain amount of courage to share things about your life, as deeply as the people do in this book, and I'd like to thank those individuals for doing so. These accounts, that are all on the subject of mental health, were incredibly raw, and personal to the individual that wrote it, and I think that is what makes this book so special and inspiring. Mental health is still stigmatised, and it's about time that ended. A person's mental hea...
  • Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨
    HOW I WISH I HAD BEEN GIVEN THIS BOOK 10 YEARS AGO 💙💙I'll come right out and say it - I suffer from bouts of depression and generalized anxiety. I got the diagnosis almost 10 years ago. Back then I felt so alone, so misunderstood and so afraid of myself and my thoughts. Luckily, today, I have a good grasp on things and am able and more than willing to talk about my mental health. However, if someone had given me this book 10 years ago, I ca...
  • Christopher Kendle
    I’m going to try and keep how I feel about this book as brief as possible. Firstly, to Scarlett and every single person that has contributed to this collection, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing each of your mental health stories, I know just how brave it is to be so simultaneously vulnerable yet strong at the same time and one day I hope I’ll be able to get to a place where I can share my story without feeling ashamed and del...
    Powerful, thought-provoking. This isn't a book. This is 70+ people telling you it's ok to not be ok.On a good day it's a wonderful read, on a bad day it's a lifeline, this something everyone should read. "All the royalties are going to the INCREDIBLE give us a shout – the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text line.
  • Katarina Szulenyiova
    “One day you’ll be sitting on a sofa and you’ll find yourself laughing; for a second it won’t hurt, for a second you will just be there, in that moment, and, for a second, life will feel OK.”It can be hard to review a book that is not actually a book, but rather a collection of essays. What do you do? Do you go nit-picking story by story, praising one contributor while shrugging about the writing skills of another? Or do you try to reca...
  • Lucia
    Suggested plan of attack:1. Buy a billion copies of this book.2. Read it.3. Gift the remaining copies to everyone you know.Congratulations -- you've simultaneously made the world a better place and completed your Christmas shopping in April.
  • Fern Adams
    This is a book that tells you you are not alone. That other people get it and have been there too. Great for dipping in and out of or for reading cover to cover. 70+ people being honest and vulnerable and letting you know that that is okay, that is being human. Something in here for everyone. I personally found Miranda Harts entry really helpful.
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    I purchased my copy last year, however, this is one of those books that you definitely need to read a little bit of and then take a breather. This collection of essays and memoir writings from a bunch of well-known celebrities is a strong way of saying to you the reader, that you don't have to feel lonely. There are trigger content warnings which were listed well throughout. A good read and well-edited by Scarlett. Would recommend for older teen ...
  • Nicole
    This was a great collection of poetry, stories, essays and drawings about mental health from a range of celebrities and volunteers from shout.I really did enjoy this collection. I resonated with a lot of what was being said. I particularly liked how this book focused on mental health from a wide variety of different peoples perspectives e.g LGBT, BAME, those with disabilities and those who identify as transgender or non binary.A wide range of men...
  • Steph
    I want to (and probably will) read this all over again; I feel so seen and understood. Found the format very effective, I liked the contrast between poems, drawings, lists, stream of consciousness and structured text - it visually shows how we express and experience mental health in different ways. A positive, uplifting and affirming book which I would highly recommend everyone reads; whether or not they are struggling with mental health.
  • Kate Henderson
    I definitely feel the themes that this book are incredibly important and need to be spoken about but the actual format of this book I struggled with. It became quite tedious after a while.
  • Sabrina
    I loved this book and can only recommend it to everyone else. Whether your mental health isn't at 100% yourself, or you know someone who has depression, anxiety, ptsd etc., this book will help you understand. That you're not alone. That it's ok to feel those things.
  • Saara Moisanen
    This book was something new for me, as it was about mental healt - the topic I have not read about. It was an interesting and touching book, and some of the stories will stay in mind for a long time, I know it already. I cried many times while reading this book (not too surprising though). I especially remember the essays Boys don't die by Jonah Freud, Did you have a dance? by Eve Delaney and His best man by Jack Rooke.
  • Oliverreader12
    This book was AMAZING!!!! I have so many words to say but I can't say it all, I've not actually finished this book I just skipped through all the essays but I would recommend this to anyone I've ever met and should be recommended reading in all schools aswell
  • Rebekah May
    I don't feel like I can properly review this book because the reading experience is so personal. Everyone will react to this book in different ways but what I can promise you is that it's worth reading. This was so hard for me to read, I had to read it a couple of essays at a time, and now I'm feeling kind of drained by it. That being said, I also feel better knowing that such a diverse range of people are feeling similar things to me. I wish I h...
  • Beccy
    Soothed my soul and calmed my mind.
  • Nicola
    I don’t normally write reviews and I’m pretty sure that what I’m going to say will echo what a lot of other people have said about this book, but I’m gonna do it anyway.I really wish I’d had this book about 11-12 years ago when I was going through my own mental health crisis. When you’re a teen and you suddenly experience anxiety, panic attacks and depression which lead to self harm and dropping out of school, and generally feeling li...
  • Hannah Evans
    What can I say about this book other than please, please read this as soon as you possibly can. Whether you suffer with your mental health or you don't, reading all these stories has broadened my understanding about living with a mental health "problems" or "illnesses". I know have a new complete and utter respect for everyone in this book and anyone who suffers at any point in their life. I may be lucky to have not suffered with my mental health...
  • Emma-Hope Newitt
    I've been engrossed to this book from the moment I picked it up. It's chunky but it's important. Imagine finding a book that shouts out how it feels to suffer with mental health, a book that shows us we're not alone, a book that shows celebrities suffer too, a book that shows different people from all walks of life have mental health problems too, a book that sometimes feels it's telling your own story, a book that really pulls at your heartstrin...
  • Éabha Wall
    To be honest, it got to the point where I couldn't wait to get to the end of this. I don't know if I would recommend it. I love Curtis's other collection of essays "Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies..)My main issue with this, there were too many stories. So overall it was hit or miss, some stories were more compelling than others. A few definitely got me thinking and offered a new perspective, but I honestly found one or two a bit self in...
  • grace louise
    This book is needed. These wonderful, relateable, heart-wrenching stories are needed. These incredible, brave, honest voices are needed.This is beyond paper and ink, this is the kind of book that can really change things for a lot of people. And change is something we desperately, wholly need. Please buy (then lend) this book to your Mum, best friend, neighbour, college, classmate and most importantly for yourself.Have a wonderful day x
  • Abi
    Scarlett curtis is an absolute angel. The amount of people who collaborated on this book is mind blowing, and for the majority of those peoples stories to hit home shows just how common mental health issues are. This book made me feel less like a sad loser, and more that people genuinely understand how my brain doesnt always work correctly.
  • Mieke
    “I am coming to realise that we can all have years of stillness, whether it’s due to a break-up, grief, illness or just needing to be still. I am coming to know that being still can help us grow. Being still can help us discover. It’s OK to be still.”Inspiring and good to hear that are more people like me with problems like me.
  • Hannah Mullan
    Best curation so far if Curtis. The essays were pure and true. The authors were authentic, I had read PINK a couple years ago and was inspired by feminism as a source of coping mental health. This curation was filled with twice the amount of entries but I couldn’t seem to put it down. My favorite essays came from people I had never heard before. I was expecting Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke, Ben Platt, Lena Dunham’s to WOW me. They did- howeve...
  • Phoebe Murphy-Dunn
    3.5 starsSimilarly to Pink, this book contains some really insightful, well-written, and moving entries. It also contains some that are not.
  • Misheto Petkova
    This book is really helping going through the corona virus quarantine. It is good to know that other people feel the same things as us. And also puts a lot of light upon mental health.
  • Julie Shields
    If you have ever struggled with mental health or been close to someone who has battled their demons, this book is a truly inspirational collection of writings with a comforting message that we are all ok ❤️
  • Marie
    I wish that of had this book a lot earlier in my life. Beautiful and inspirational
  • Ash’s Books
    Wow, this book made me so emotional. It left me crying on the bus home from work. I learnt a lot. I understood more about myself. I think this book and these stories are so important, and everyone should read it! 📖The main things I learnt are: it’s ok to feel how you feel, it’s important to listen to your feelings - they’re all valid, you’re never alone in what you’re experiencing, and it’s important to take time for yourself - wha...