Living with a Black Dog (Paperback)
As beautifully illustrated as it is touching, this second book from Matthew Johnstone, author of I Had a Black Dog, is written for those who care for those suffering from depression - friends, family members, colleagues, and even therapists.
Using wonderful illustrations and the image of Churchill's infamous 'black dog', Matthew and his wife Ainsley offer a moving, inspirational and often humorous portrait of life with depression - not only for those suffering from it themselves, but for those close to them.
Living with a Black Dog speaks directly to the carer and offers practical and sometimes tongue-in-cheek tips on helping the depression sufferer, such as 'Socks have little do with mental health. If people could just "snap out of it" they would.' and 'Encourage any form of regular exercise. Fitness robs the Dog of its power'.
Based on their own experiences, Matthew and his wife Ainsley treat the subject of depression sympathetically, hopefully and, most importantly, humorously.
In a former life, Matthew Johnstone was a successful creative in advertising. He worked all around the world and won many coveted industry awards. He has since taken that skill of communicating simply and effectively into writing and illustrating books and public speaking. Matthew has published 9 books many of which have been bestsellers internationally. He gave a keynote to 87 representatives at the World Health Organisation of the power of imagery in understanding difficult to articulate subjects such as mental health, meditation, resilience and stress. Matthew's work has been endorsed by Stephen Fry, Edward de Bono, Google and the World Health Organisation. He is one of six, Australia wide, that have been nominated for the 2018 Australian Mental Health Awards for his outstanding work in the mental health and wellbeing space. His simple motto is 'Flicking Switches with Pictures'.
Comprehensive and very helpful ... brilliant—Guardian Weekend magazine, recommended by Dr. Tom Smith
Moving and thoughtfully written ... a must-have.—Daily Mirror
Excellent ... conveying the essence of caring for someone with depression, in a brief and concise form, what it might take more conventional textbooks 300 pages to say.—Mental Health Practice