DashboardThere 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.

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About Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas is an author, speaker and all round survivor.  As a result of overcoming his own battle with manic depression and bipolar disorder he co-produced with Dr. Tony Hughes the Emmy Award winning documentary ‘Stephen Fry, The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive’ and is the co-author of You Don’t Have to Be Famous to Have Manic Depression – An A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health. He has written articles for The Times and The Daily Mail and he has appeared on BBC Television and Radio.

Jeremy lives in Fulham with his wife Jane , cat and dog and also spends time writing on the island of Patmos. He considers himself a lucky man.

Watch a chat with Jeremy and extracts from a talk given to Haberdashers School on a very hot July day

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


  • 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
  • Canford
  • Castle Craig
  • CATS College -Cambridge
  • Christ’s Hospital, Horsham
  • Clifton College
  • Cokethorpe School
  • Downside
  • 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
  • Oundle
  • 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

"Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all."

Bill Clinton

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.

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Available as an ebook or in paperback format. Courtesy Michael Joseph & Pengiun Books.

Taking Leave

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.

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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.

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