Children’s author Lawrence Prestidge on his mental health battle in his new powerful and arresting memoir
‘I remember having my first suicidal thought. It was terrifying. This great unrecognisable pain had been affecting my life for far too long. I had enough. I felt like a prisoner in my own body - a prisoner that was longing to be free.’
Globally, more than 264 million people suffer from depression, and close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year (World Health Organization).
Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened rates, with recent figures showing that depression rates have doubled in Great Britain - up 10% between March and June of last year (The Pharmaceutical Journal).
Lawrence Prestidge battled with his mental health for years, learning many lessons along the way.
In his new book The Boy Who Lost His Smile, described as ‘powerfully honest and poignant,’ (Giles Paley-Phillips, best-selling author and podcaster), Lawrence takes the reader on his own personal journey through the years. In it, he explains how he was able to fight off his demons and overcome obstacles, covering the good, the bad and the ugly.
He now wants to speak out about his experiences in the hope that he can help others who face the same challenges, particularly during such a trying time.
Lawrence says ‘I wrote this to help people be less afraid.’
This is a powerful memoir designed to provide comfort and inspiration to those who have found themselves in a similar situation. Through beautiful, engaging prose, Lawrence conveys the message that it is never too late to ask for help.
The Boy Who Lost His Smile
ISBN: 978-1-913615-37-6 | Paperback | £10.99 | cherisheditions.com
MORE ABOUT LAWRENCE
Lawrence Prestidge specialises in children's fiction but is now embarking on writing for adults as he shares his battle with depression, addiction and alcohol. Lawrence has a popular podcast entitled 'The Shapes of Stories' which has featured the likes of Gary Lineker, Alastair Campbell, Ann Widdecombe, Eddie Izzard, Jo Joyner, Rob Rinder and other notable names.
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