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.

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 tries to resist.

To coincide with International Day of Happiness 20 March 2017, Bradford Grammar School launched ‘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.

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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.

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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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