Being Mental: Is There a Right Way to Publish on Mental Health?

Being Mental: Is There a Right Way to Publish on Mental Health?

10 Apr 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

Club Room, National Hall Gallery

How can publishing help shatter the stigma around mental health? What can books and the publishing industry offer to people who want to better understand their own and others' experience of mental illness? Leading mental health campaigners and authors Natasha Devon MBE (The Beginner's Guide to Being Mental: An A-Z [A is for Anxiety. Z is for Zero Fucks]) and Jonny Benjamin MBE (The Stranger on the Bridge) discuss their experiences of mental health, writing and being published, with Publisher and founder of Bluebird and ex Publisher of HarperNonFiction, Carole Tonkinson.


  • James Spackman




      James Spackman is a publisher, consultant and coach. His cycling imprint, Pursuit, is part of Profile Books. He set up The Book Pitch Doctor to...

  • Sue Baker


    Time to Change

  • Natasha Devon MBE


    Campaigner and Writer

    Natasha Devon MBE is a campaigner who has dedicated her life to researching and educating others on mental health, body image and social equality....

  • Jonny Benjamin


    Award-winning Mental Health campaigner

      Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger from London. In the Queen’s 2017 New...

  • Carole Tonkinson



    Bluebird: Books for Life

    Carole Tonkinson is the founding publisher of Bluebird: Books for Life, an imprint of Pan Macmillan.   Bluebird publishes books that make the...

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