About Jeremy Thomas
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
Fear and shame make the prison of mental illness in families worse. Jeremy's talks are important. They are compassionate, informative, honest and very funny; humanising what can be distressing for the sufferer and those around them. I wish I'd heard him speak as a young person.
Hermione Norris, Actress
NEW FOR 2021: 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.
For enquiries for Keynote and workshops to companies, conferences and public bodies please contact Claire Rackham on 0207 993 2724 or email@example.com.
Below are useful websites for those affected by some of the mental health illnesses that will be discussed in the shows
NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.
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.
The British Association of Anger Management
Attending an Anger Management is the first step towards a healthier happier life.
Mind, the mental health charity, is here to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Samaritans works to make sure there’s always someone there for anyone who needs someone.
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.
However you’re feeling right now, things can get better.
Mental Health UK
Supporting people affected by mental health problems including friends, family and carers.