Who is Jeremy Thomas?

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy is an acclaimed author, speaker and inspirational survivor of mental illness who is dedicated to bringing good advice to others around mental health.

Jeremy has been giving talks to schools, colleges, and businesses all over the UK and internationally, bringing a well-received and appreciated amount of sincerity and humour to the increasingly relevant discussion of mental health.

Starting a career working in the bustling record industry of the 70s, Jeremy was a skilled record label boss working with the likes of Al Green, Thin Lizzy, John Williams, until he suffered a life-threatening battle with mental illness. Through perseverance, good medical help and support Jeremy recovered and eventually decided to switch careers and become a writer.

After moving to Patmos in Greece Jeremy wrote his first novel ‘Taking Leave’. The process cemented Jeremy’s commitment to helping others suffering from mental illness and negative mental health, leading him back to London to write with friend Dr. Tony Hughes ‘You Don’t Have to be Famous to have Manic Depression – the A-Z Guide to Good Mental Health’.

Jeremy and Tony went on to co-produce the Emmy award winning documentary ‘Stephen Fry. The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive’, and since then Jeremy has written another three novels, notably ‘The Santa Monica Suicide Club’ – now being turned into a TV series.

On the other foot Jeremy has been delivering his talks about his story and the nature of good mental health. They are personal, authentic, funny, and at times hard-hitting, always loaded with Jeremy’s passion to normalise the subject of mental health and make it interesting and something to be embraced.


The Talks

Jeremy’s talks are built on authenticity, humour, and practical solutions. He is a firm believer in the concept that in order to make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs…

The talks are based around Jeremy’s own experience of dealing with depression, addiction and manic depression and offer a series of practical and useful tips on how to stay mentally healthy and get the best out of life.

At the centre of all the talks is a simple and powerful belief, ‘Prevention is better than a cure’. And that ultimately there is no cure, but many steps to prevent and protect from negative mental health.

The main aim of every talk is to normalise the subject of mental health and replace any stigma with a sense of fun and bring knowledge, awareness, and enjoyment to this ever more important subject. Humour is present in every layer of the talks, demonstrating our belief using humour is the best way of talking about this sensitive subject.

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Jeremy Thomas talks about prevention being better than cure

Who are the talks for?

The talks fall into two categories intended for either Companies or Schools & Colleges. However, they can be accessed by any individual and institution that desires to do so.

The aim is to inspire students, parents, employees, and everyone else and leave them with something useful to help themselves and others encounter mental health problems, giving a lasting impression mental health is as important as physical health and that our discussion of it can be fun, not shameful nor embarrassing.

Outstanding Reception

Jeremy’s talks have been brilliantly received by countess audiences. Read a few testimonials to see what they have said…

"Jeremy transfixes his audience with a story that enthrals, engages and astounds. He changes your understanding of mental health forever, conveying insights and techniques that build awareness and resilience. Unforgettable."

Dr Keith Rutherford, R&D Vice President, Unilever. November 2018.

Our Podcast : 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.

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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.

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.

Taking Leave
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.

Contact Us

For bookings or for more information…

Email: enquiries@jeremythomastalks.co.uk   Tel: 01963 34029   Mob: 07884 027647

Jeremy Thomas Talks  –  Blue Baltic House  –  22 Mill Street  –  Wincanton  –  Somerset BA9 9AP

Email: jeremy@jeremythomastalks.co.uk

For enquiries for Keynotes, webinars, films and workshops to schools, companies, conferences and public bodies please contact  enquiries@jeremythomastalks.co.uk

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Below are useful websites for those affected by some of the mental health illnesses that will be discussed in the shows


Narcotics Anonymous

NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.


Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is a fellowship of men and women who help others to recover from alcoholism.


NHS Alcohol Support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but it’s often the hardest one.

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The British Association of Anger Management

Attending an Anger Management is the first step towards a healthier happier life.

Shed Talks (Jeremy Thomas) Mind Contact


Mind, the mental health charity, is here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

Shed Talks (Jeremy Thomas) Samaritans


Samaritans works to make sure there’s always someone there for anyone who needs someone.

Shed Talks (Jeremy Thomas) Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Meeting the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.


Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

One of the UK’s most respected mental health charities.

Young Minds


However you’re feeling right now, things can get better.

Mental Health UK

Mental Health UK

Supporting people affected by mental health problems including friends, family and carers.