As with 1 in 4 people in the United Kingdom, I have and still battle depression, social anxiety an OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder - in the form of obsessional thinking). I was diagnosed at 29 but the battle had been going on for many years before that. I had become a social recluse and on several times, I had come close to committing suicide.
I mention the age 29 because this was a defining age for me. It was then, that I started to seek help and accepted that I was very ill and although I still struggle today, the fight is more easier to win thanks to the support I got. I vowed that when I was strong enough, I would speak up about the battle to raise awareness. 7 years later and at the age of 36, I have just published 'The Darkened Path' my autobiography about the suffering I have gone through. The book can be brought via Amazon in paperback or Kindle.
There are 13 chapters in total, the first being an introduction to the person I am. This chapter helps set a background and as I am a simple, humble man and not a celebrity, any reader of my book can get to know me.
I then talk about what it feels like both physically and emotionally. Depression is not just about feeling down! There is a physical pain too, as well as deeper emotional implications. In the next chapter, I reveal some of my darkest times and why I came close to taking my own life and why I wasn't being selfish! Over the next few chapters, I cover what it is like to have social anxiety, OCD and reveal a pattern of events which have led to myself battling depression. One of these events was the sexual abuse I went through as a child.
As a part of my recovery, animals and running have been a big help along with changing my diet. I share about these and include some recipes which I have found to be helpful. I talk about what I have learned and include useful contact numbers for help if anyone requires them.
There is still a big stigma towards mental health in the UK and I hope to help change this through my book, interviews and guest speaking.
At the time of writing this, The Darkened Path has been out for just over two weeks and sold just under 30 copies. Reviews have been very promising with positive feedback.
I have created this crowdfunder to help raise a marketing budget and to help me raise more awareness of both the book and what it is like to suffer.
The crowdfunder is set at £5000 and if raised, I aim to spend £1000 a month over 5 months on the publicity.
Social media Marketing, paid and viral.
Advertising on Amazon.
Book fayres If appropriate to my niche.
Online content through my blog.
If any other opportunity arrises to promote 'The Darkened Path' I will explore these too.
My aim is in 5 months time for the book to be generating enough income to cover marketing costs but to also put back into mental health.
For anyone pledging a minimum of £10, you will receive a signed copy.
If you have any questions, then please contact me on here or via my blog www.stephenlindenwyatt.co.uk.
Thank you for reading and thank you for pledging if you can.