Had a bit of a shock just now, but it’s sinking in, and I know I’ll be alright.
Got notified that I’m mentioned by name in The Bookseller online, as part of an event at HarperCollins (the publishing company).
Over at HarperCollins, on 14th May author and journalist John-Paul Flintoff will talk at The News Building about how he went from being on top to having a breakdown and spending eight weeks in psychiatric hospital.
Nothing wrong with that. So far as it goes, it’s correct. But I felt a bit exposed.
Not half as exposed, mind you, as I expect to feel when I go to do the talk, and share the pictures I drew – in hospital and afterwards – potentially with people I have worked with (at The Times and The Sunday Times, because they have been invited too).
Keep reminding myself: it’s not about me.
I’m doing the talk for people who may be feeling some of the distress I was feeling, to give them a chance to avoid the worst – and for others whose relatives may be going through something similar.