HOW TO STAY SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD
Informative, Entertaining Good Mental Health Talks with Jeremy Thomas
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO BE HAPPY?
There are many things written about happiness- often pretentious, convoluted and not worth repeating. Yet back in 1820, writer and physician Alexander Chalmers might have nailed it with his deceptively simple comment about the three essentials you need to have in your life:
“Something to do, someone to love and something to hope for.”
He might have added the importance of also having a great school. Without doubt, Bradford Grammar School not only talk the talk about mental health but walk the walk too. I had the pleasure of speaking to Year 9/10, Sixth Form and to Parents at the end of January. All the people concerned with the talks were warm, organised and not only cared about what they were doing on the day but the bigger picture of good mental health in society overall.
To coincide with International Day of Happiness 20 March 2017, Bradford Grammar School will launch ‘Spotlight on Happiness’; an online resource for children, young people and adults to learn about wellbeing in school and why it’s so important. Do look at the video here or watch it below.
I do not believe we are entitled to be constantly happy. Whether we are 16, a parent, or a trainee in a company making widgets or Faberge eggs, bad days, bad times do happen. What matters is how we cope, how we deal with things. Putting mental health first saves lives. Conversely, if all else fails, watching these videos normally brings a smile to one’s face- however hard one try to resist.
From the Blog
Good Mental Health in Schools
Jeremy reaches out to students in schools, colleges and universities in an attempt to normalise the subject of mental illness and take the Hammer Horror out of old perceptions. The talks are based around Jeremy’s own experience of dealing with depression, addiction, manic depression and offer a series of practical and useful honest tips on how to stay mentally healthy and get the best out of life. He also demonstrates why prevention is far better than cure and that humour can be the best way of talking about such a serious subject.
His talk is personal, authentic, funny, poignant, passionate, at times hard-hitting and is built around an informative and entertaining slide presentation which lasts for one hour with a Q and A session. It makes the whole subject of good mental health interesting and something to be embraced.
He draws on his extensive experience of mental health, the music business and a writer of crime thrillers.
The aim is for the students to learn something that might be useful for themselves now or later in their lives or simply helpful for understanding a family member or close friend encountering mental health problems. To leave students with a lasting impression that mental health is as important as physical health and to dispel any sense of shame or embarrassment that they or others might have on the subject.
From Jeremy Thomas Talks
A small sample of the schools to which Jeremy has given a talk
- ACS, Hillingdon
- AGI London
- Ashford School
- Bassaleg School
- Beaminster School
- Becket Keys School
- Benenden School
- Birchwood School
- Bishop’s Stortford College
- Bootham School
- Bristol Grammar School
- British School in the Netherlands
- Castle Craig
- CATS College -Cambridge
- Christ’s Hospital, Horsham
- Clifton College
- Cokethorpe School
- Epsom College
- Fettes College
- Francis Holland – Regent’s Park
- Frensham Heights School
- GSA Conference Oxford
- Guildford High School
- Haberdasher’s Boys School, London
- Harris Academy, Crystal Palace
- Harris Beckenham
- Harris Westminster – Sixth Form
- Harrodian School
- Headington School
- Headmaster Conference – St Andrew’s
- Hurtwood House
- Kettering Buccleuch Academy
- King Edwards VI, Southampton
- King’s Bruton
- King’s School – Canterbury
- La Retraite RC Girls’ School
- Leicester Grammar
- Leicester High School for Girls
- Leighton Park – Reading
- Manor Lodge School
- Millfield School, Kent
- Monkton Combe
- Ormiston Academy, Sudbury
- Poole High School
- Purbeck School
- Putney High School
- Queen Anne’s, Caversham
- Radnor House
- Reeds School
- Ringwood Grammar, Southampton
- Royal Alexandra and Albert School
- Royal Hospital School, Ipswich
- Royal School – Wolverhampton
- Seaford College
- Southbank Centre
- St Catherine’s British School Athens
- St Joseph’s – Reading
- St Margaret’s, Bushey
- Surbiton High School
- Sutton High School
- Sydenham High School
- The Hillcrest School
- Thomas Alleyne
- Tonbridge School
- Tormead School
- Tudor Hall
- UKSAD 2017 conference
- Warwick School
- Wellingborough School
- Wellington College
- Wells Cathedral School, Wells
- Westcliff Girls School, Southend
- Wolverhampton Grammar School
- Wood Green School
Published Books and Articles
A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health
Jeremy is the co-author of You Don’t Have to Be Famous to Have Manic Depression – The A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health. The book comprehensively explores many of the facts and misconceptions associated with depression, and considers many aspects of our day-to-day lives which can be changed to manage the condition.
An insightful guide to an often misrepresented issue.
This brilliant book offers excellent support for those who know someone with the condition, who have been recently diagnosed, or for anyone curious to learn more.
Health & Fitness Magazine,
"An honest, amusing and fascinating insight into the subject of mental health."
BBC MindGames Magazine,
"This is a genuinely helpful book."
The Independent on Sunday,
"Everything you have always wanted to know about mental health but were afraid to ask."
Available as an ebook or in paperback format. Courtesy Michael Joseph & Pengiun Books.
His partly autobiographical novel Taking Leave has received praise from Stephen Fry, Sue Townsend and A. L. Kennedy to name a few. A funny book about an unfunny subject. Taking Leave takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through meltdown, madness and beyond, where love, friendship and family are put to the ultimate test.
“Jeremy Thomas is a complete original. His writing, like his life, is a whirlwind of brilliance, wonder and blunder, by turns hilarious and terrifying. Highly Recommended."
“Taking Leave is a glorious celebration of human frailty. It is funny, moving, and clever and exposes uncomfortable truths about the record industry.”
“Taking Leave is funny, intelligent, moving and elegantly crafted. If you are interested in the record business, in lives out of control, or the plaintive and absurd realites of human nature then Thomas is your man.”
A. L. Kennedy,
Available as an ebook or in hardback format.
Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive
Jeremy co-produced the Emmy award-winning documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. Stephen Fry presents this documentary exploring the disease of manic depression; a little understood but potentially devastating condition affecting an estimated two percent of the population.
Stephen embarks on an emotional journey to meet fellow sufferers, and discuss the literal highs and lows of being bi-polar. Celebrities such as Carrie Fisher and Richard Dreyfuss invite the comedian into their home to relate their stories.
Stephen also looks into the lives of ordinary people trying to deal with the illness at work and home, and of course to the people studying manic depression in an effort to better control it. A fascinating, moving and ultimately very entertaining Emmy award-winning programme.
Interesting Bits and Pieces
A mish-mash of books, videos, music, cartoons and websites chosen by Jeremy
The Farmer’s TaleReading
Ruby Wax Attacks Mental Health StigmaVideos
How to sleep like The DudeExternal Websites
Once a Caterer, Not Always a CatererReading
Young people are being let down on mental healthExternal Websites, Reading
Not Quite the Great Train RobberReading
A Selection of Mental Health CartoonsImages
Married to a Manic DepressiveReading
The Guardian’s Secret TeacherExternal Websites, Reading
Stephen Fry on Manic DepressionVideos
Harnessing Depression: David GirardExternal Websites, Reading
Ian, Still Cycling After All these YearsReading
Be the Boss of Your Own Washing MachineReading
Professor Green on Depression and AnxietyExternal Websites, Reading
Jeremy Thomas’s CatsVideos
The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive (Part 1)Videos
The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive (Part 2)Videos
Convent Girl Turns StreakerReading
13 Tunes to Wallow in Gloom and Misery WithMusic
10 Tunes to Calm Down WithMusic
10 Tunes to Make You Want to Get GoingMusic
10 Tunes to Fill You with the Joys of SpringMusic
10 Tunes to Unwind to at the End of your DayMusic
10 Tunes to Reflect Upon the Darker Side of Life toMusic
Cartoons from the A-ZImages
E is for…Reading
B is for…Reading
Charlie Waller Memorial TrustExternal Websites
Earnie LarsenExternal Websites
Depression Warning SignsImages
Conscious TV Interview (Pt 1)Videos
Conscious TV Interview (Pt 2)Videos
Conscious TV Interview (Pt 3)Videos
Conscious TV Interview (Pt 4)Videos
Conscious TV Interview (Pt 5)Videos