Scarlett Curtis to curate mental health anthology

Scarlett Curtis to curate mental health anthology

Scarlett Curtis, the writer and activist behind Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies), is curating a second anthology for Penguin about mental health.

It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies), which will be published by Penguin Hardback on 3rd October, will feature contributions from 60 inspirational people about what mental health means to them, including singer and songwriter Sam Smith, actress Emilia Clarke, author Poorna Bell and clinical psychologist Tanya Byron.

Ten per cent of the RRP of every copy sold will go to the mental health charity SHOUT, a crisis text line.

Curtis said: “We all have a mental health. I don’t think I quite realised the extent to which that statement is true until I read the incredible essays in this book. My hope is that it will speak to those who’ve been suffering for years and those who just don’t quite feel right. It’s a guide to the friends and family of someone who is going through a tough time and a piece of cold hard evidence to show that having a mental health problem doesn’t have to define your life. More than anything, this book is a puzzle piece of the global movement that is working to dismantle the shame around mental illness and tell everyone ‘going through something’ that they are not alone. This book is everything I needed as a suicidal 17 year old and even if one person buys it and feels a little less ashamed of their own mental health I will have done my job."

Holly Harris, editorial and media development director at Penguin Random House, struck a deal for world rights, film/TV and merchandise with Abigail Bergstrom at Gleam Titles.

Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies), which was shortlisted for Non-Fiction: Lifestyle Book of the Year at the British Book Awardshas sold 55,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan and PRH partnered with brands such as Monki and Google to promote the book.