Trigger to publish memoir from adventurer Staniforth

Trigger to publish memoir from adventurer Staniforth

Independent mental health publisher Trigger has acquired a new memoir on the synergy between outdoor adventure and mental wellbeing from adventurer, athlete and inspirational speaker Alex Staniforth.

Written in the wake of a near-death experience in the Nepal earthquake and avalanche on Mount Everest in 2015, Out of my Mind shares Staniforth's experiences of overcoming adversity using outdoor experiences. The endurance adventurer will talk about experiences of epilepsy, stammering, bullying and mental illness, including depression and eating disorders.

The aim of the book is to educate others and inspire hope that mental illness is no barrier to achievement, particularly for men suffering with mental health issues.

Staniforth said: "Out of my Mind will share my honest experiences with the peaks and troughs of mental illness, told through the literal peaks and troughs of outdoor challenges, not only to promote the well-being benefits of being outdoors but to create hope of what can be achieved regardless of our personal challenges. Out of my Mind will be much more than just an adventure book and appeal not only to outdoors and fitness enthusiasts, but anyone looking for inspiration; particularly other men afraid to open up due to the current stigma around mental health.”

Trigger’s senior editor Chris Lomas said: “Alex has a unique take on tackling mental illness, and he writes with wit, wisdom, and compassion. His life experiences have strengthened his resolve to live life his way, and on his terms. His reflections on those experiences are both personal and universal; this is a story that will surprise, entertain, and inspire.”

In 2017 Staniforth became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops in 72 days on bicycle, foot and kayak; raising over £25,000 for mental health charity Young Minds UK.

Out of My Mind will be published by Trigger in spring 2019. World rights were secured through the David Luxton Agency..