HOW TO STAY SANE
AN INSANE WORLD
HOW TO STAY SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD
AUTHENTIC, INFORMATIVE, ENTERTAINING TALKS ABOUT GOOD MENTAL HEALTH
Jeremy Thomas is an author and speaker. As a result of overcoming his own battle with 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, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and he has appeared on BBC Television and Radio.
Jeremy has been delivering Keynote talks to schools, companies and conferences for the last nine years. His core message is prevention is better than cure. Jeremy draws on his own experience to show how to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health and to improve it by monitoring the dials on the control panel and maintaining daily use of practical coping methods. Taking the right action, talking to someone and having a routine are often the best medicine.
Jeremy Thomas talks about prevention being better than cure
NEW FOR 2020: SHED TALKS
Shed Talk is a no-bullshit, good humoured show about mental health and coping with life – what happens when things go wrong, ‘when the shit hits the fan’ and what you can do to get better and stay well.
Shed Talks is hosted by Jeremy Thomas – a funny guy with experience of serious mental illness, and an advocate of good mental health. Jeremy is going to be in conversation with public figures drawn from the world of Film, TV, Music, Books, Crime, Gardening, and Business. Interesting people who have achieved something in their lives but who also have had direct or indirect experience of poor mental ill health.
From the Blog
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.
The Santa Monica Suicide Club
The mutilated body of a man is discovered inside a suitcase on Santa Monica Beach, his UK passport wedged between his teeth. One week earlier, the twenty-eight-year-old son of a wealthy Mexican is found butchered in his Ocean Avenue apartment, close to his brutally murdered domestic. The local Santa Monica crime rate may have dropped by forty per cent, but the homicide rate is clearly on the rise.
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
Happy Talk from South PacificVideos
Jeremy Thomas Talks to Haberdashers’ SchoolVideos
Jeremy Thomas in The TimesReading
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