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My books blend stories, self-help and my favourite theories and activities from psychology and personal development.

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Procrastinator's Guide Book Cover

This book for those of us who are looking into a huge black hole and feeling that life is not worth living.

It might also help those who love someone who is feeling that way.

It is about a way forward rather than a way out.

"simple, deep and moving - literary medicine"Amazon Review
"simple, deep and moving - literary medicine"Amazon Review
  • about the book

    Heartfelt stories and what worked for me in five steps.

    "Despair, distress and desperation are the inverse feelings of the large and colourful life I want to live.

    The desire to kill myself is really the desire to ‘live myself’ but feeling it is impossible."

    "Despair, distress and desperation are the inverse feelings of the large and colourful life I want to live. The desire to kill myself is really the desire to ‘live myself’ but feeling it is impossible."

    "awesome, courageous, human."Facebook Review
    "awesome, courageous, human."Facebook Review

    Twenty years ago my life felt very different. A much darker and more terrifying time.

    I've spent those last twenty years working in mental health as a government advisor, university researcher and designer of innovative services. But I've never had the chance to share my personal journey.

    Until now.

    • Step 1: Survive

      "Thinking about whether my life was worth living was not a sign that it should end. It was a sign that I needed a different way of thinking. Delaying the act of killing myself is more helpful than fighting the feeling of wanting to kill myself."

    • Step 2: Stand Still

      "Our most basic requirement is to exist but it is different from ‘doing nothing’, it is a completely tailored, bespoke package designed to simplify your life. At the time I found it incredibly difficult and upsetting. You might too."

    • Step 3: Step Forward

      "I surrendered to anything but ‘this’ – this despair, this desperate feeling that life was not worth living. So if I had heard or read that something might help, I would at least try and do my best to see if it did.
      I ate bananas…"

    • Step 4: Start Again

      "It might be that the thing at the centre of the situation driving the despair does not need to end entirely, just the way it’s seen or being done. But this was my first time starting again and it was the end of everything I had known until that point."

    • Step 5: Seek Significance (Optional)

      "If starting again allows you to live the life you want, fantastic. But if you loop back to that despair again (and again) then you might want to explore the significance of this experience in your life.

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