[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The novel is about two regular blokes Tom and his brother-in-law Adam, whose minds for very different reasons become unfit for purpose. It tackles hard issues such as depression, less than perfect families and degenerative disease an honest, life-affirming and often humorous way. It focuses particularly on the challenges of being male in today’s world and explores how our silence on these big issues can help push men to the brink.
Tom has lost his job, a number of other disasters closely follow which push him into deep silent despair. He doesn’t exactly feel like a modern man, although his double life helps. All the while Adam is also leading a double life, for very different reasons, reasons which will blow the family’s future out of the water. Tom has decided he doesn’t want to live. Adam wishes he had a choice.
We desperately need to start talking about our inner experiences, the stuff that comes up inside of us that we don’t like or want. We need to be authentic about what is normal so people are not terrified into taking extreme action to end their emotional pain.
Suicide continues to be the top killer of men of working age. Mostly they are regular blokes like Tom and Adam. Surviving Me will be published by Unbound on 14th November, available from the Steyning book shop and online.
Jo Johnson is a qualified clinical psychologist specialising in neurology.
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