A Little Book of Encouragement by Alice Rosewell
PUBLISHED BY THE CHOIR PRESS, 2016
Over recent years great strides have been made to increase awareness of mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, which are two of the most common. In Britain alone, 9% of people meet the criteria for a diagnosis of anxiety and depression, with it being estimated that between 4 and 10% of people will experience some form of the illnesses during their lifetime .
Despite this awareness, however, depression is a very individualised experience, which can often leave a person feeling alone and isolated in their suffering. It is during these seemingly endless hard moments, when talking and being around others all seems a little too much, that books can often offer an unexpected solace.
- Copyright © 2016 Alice Rosewell
How to Look After Yourself When You’re Feeling Depressed is a short, unintimidating book that offers readers a little encouragement as a reminder to take care of themselves, even when depression is stacking all the odds against them.
It’s a guide to quietly get you through the day, written in small accessible chapters, each often accompanied by a simple and cheerful illustration. Alice Rosewell, the author, who has suffered from spells of depression throughout her adult life, writes from a place of understanding and compassion. Recognising that whilst self-care on its own isn’t sufficient to treat severe depression, having someone show an interest and kindness toward you, and that someone being you, can be a positive step in the right direction.
 Mental Health Statistics | mentalhealth.org.uk