Writer and activist Scarlett Curtis, (Mental Health)
Writer and activist Scarlett Curtis has just announced the publication of her new book ‘It’s Not Okay To Feel Blue and Other Lies’, the follow up to ‘Feminist Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies’. The book contains 75 essays on what mental health means to each writer and is described by Curtis as ‘a love letter to humanity, it is a SHOUT, a scream into the noise that lets everyone know they are not alone’.
Curtis uses her celebrity connections for the good, starting a conversation around mental health and raising awareness. Mental health is so important to us at Black Heart Label and we absolutely cannot wait to read the book! Contributors include Adam Kay, Alistair Campbell, Emilia Clarke, Emma Thompson, Jessie Cave, James Blake, Matt Haig, Miranda Hart and Sam Smith amongst many others – all who will speak openly about mental health. It is so exciting to see mental health activists such as Haig writing alongside inspirational women like Clarke, and we’re so looking forward to reading what they have to say and spreading their message.
Most importantly, all royalties from the book go to Shout UK – the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text line, created in partnership with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Shout UK is ‘a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and need immediate help’, ‘any time and anywhere’, run by volunteers. People in crisis only need to text ‘shout’ to 85258 to speak to a trained volunteer. It’s a fantastic service – it’s so important to give people access to the mental health help that they need, particularly if they feel unable to leave the house. Texting a volunteer at Shout could be the first step towards changing someone’s life.
The book is a follow-up to Curtis’ first successful collection of essays: ‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies’. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink featured a series of celebrities such as Dolly Alderton, Gemma Arterton, Jameela Jamil, Saiorse Ronan and Lolly Adefope writing about what feminism means to them. It was extremely successful and won a National Book Award in 2018 as well as becoming a Sunday Times Best Seller. Royalties from the book go to the UN Initiative Girl Up, which aims to empower young women and girls to enact social change. It’s wonderful to see feminist activists team up with charities like Girl Up – indeed, that’s at the heart of everything we do at Black Heart Label, which was founded by activist Amal Fashanu who believes social change is key to making the world a better place.
Curtis also runs a podcast of the same name in which she interviews women about feminism, and why it matters. Inspiring interviewees have included Munroe Bergdorf, Mindy Kaling and Deborah Frances-White, the trail blazing feminist behind The Guilty Feminst Podcast. The podcast has been hugely successful and we hope to see an ‘It’s Not Okay To Feel Blue and Other Lies’ podcast follow in its footsteps!
It’s Not Okay To Feel Blue and Other Lies came out on October 3rd 2019.