24 Celebrities Who Wrote Inspirational Autobiographies about their Mental Health

24 Celebrities Who Wrote Inspirational Autobiographies about their Mental Health

Help – Simon Amstell

HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon’s ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self on stage. To tell the truth so it can’t hurt him any more. Loneliness, anxiety, depression – this book has it all.

Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad – Rio Ferdinand

In 2015, former England football star Rio Ferdinand suddenly lost his wife Rebecca, aged 34, to cancer. It was a profound shock and Rio found himself struggling to cope not just with the pain of his grief, but also with his new role as both mum and dad to their three children.

Grow – Frankie Bridge

The book will combine Frankie’s mental health journey into motherhood with the notes of her psychiatrist, Dr Mike McPhillips, and psychologist, Maleha Khan, who will unpack the problems she experienced as she became a mother.

Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate – Susan Calman

The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman’s depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. A constant companion in her life, the Crab has provided her with the best, and very worst of times.

Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon

Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can.Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.

Wishful Dishing – Carrie Fisher

Aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction and weathering the wild ride of manic depression.

Note to Self – Connor Franta

 In this diary-like look at his life since A Work In Progress, Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections.

Lucky – Professor Green

Life and music have always been intertwined for the young rapper, but it wasn’t until he was 24 that the two were brought into focus by the suicide of his father – and his emotions, ever since, have been reflected in the raw and often passionate lines of his lyrics. 

Lessons I’ve Learned – Davina McCall

I’ve been supported and counselled through my recovery from drugs and alcohol. I’ve read a squibillion of fantastic self help books and I have shared with the greatest girlfriends and family of all time. These nuggets of wisdom have at times literally kept me going, so I thought I’d share them with you.

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

Behind the Mask – Tyson Fury

Behind the Mask is an unflinching autobiography from the greatest boxer of our time and a man who has demonstrated strength of a very different kind by conquering his demons.

Staying Strong – Demi Lovato

Demi is a young woman finding her way in the world. She has dealt deftly with her struggles in the face of public scrutiny, and she has always relied, not just on friends and family, but daily affirmations of her self-worth and value.

Get Fit, Get Happy – Harry Judd

In spite of this success, there have been times when Harry has been prone to anxiety and other mental health issues. The one thing that Harry has turned to time and time again to redress the balance in his life is fitness.

My Booky Wook – Russell Brand

Russell Brand’s father left when he was 3 months old, he was bulimic at 12 and left school at 16 to study at the Italia Conti stage school. There, he began drinking heavily and taking drugs. He regularly visited prostitutes, began cutting himself, took drugs on stage, and even set himself on fire. 

Being Gazza: Tackling my Demons – Paul Gascoigne

Here Gascoigne confronts his demons. The triggers that plunged Gascoigne into dark despair are revealed together with the critical moments that influenced his alcoholism, depression, drug abuse, gambling, eating disorders and compulsive behaviour. 

The Unwelcome Visitor – Denise Welch

This is the book that Denise Welch wished for as she found herself exhausted and defeated after yet another visit from The Unwelcome Visitor – the name she gives to the episodes of clinical depression she has suffered from over the past 30 years.

Secrets for the Mad – Dodie Clark

A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head. I was convinced that when they happened, the world would end. But the world didn’t end. In fact, it pushed on and demanded to keep spinning through all sorts of mayhem, and I got through it.

The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry

Welcome to Stephen Fry’s The Fry Chronicles, one of the boldest, bravest, most revealing and heartfelt accounts of a man’s formative years that you will ever have the exquisite pleasure of reading.

My Beautiful Struggle – Jordan Bone

MY BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE is the incredible true story of how one young woman overcame immense challenges, of inner strength that lies beneath outer beauty, of how to believe in yourself and find the light when it feels like all hope is gone.

Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book About Depression – Gwyneth Lewis

Part memoir – drawing on her own experiences as a depressive – and part guide or companion, this title tackles the subject of depression, in a way that is deeply informative yet full of hope and cheer.

Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression – Sally Brampton

 It is a personal account of a journey through (and out of) severe depression, as well as being a practical book, offering ideas about what might help.

How the Light Gets in: My Journey with Depression – Mary Mcevoy

Mary McEvoy, one of Ireland’s best-loved actresses, lived for many years with undiagnosed depression. From the outside looking in, she was a confident woman. Yet, there were times when she was so crippled with despair that the least she could do was to make it out of bed. 

Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought – Lily Bailey

As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and ogled the bodies of other children. Only secret routines could correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of OCD.

The Man who Couldn’t Stop: The Truth About OCD – David Adam

David has suffered from OCD for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn’t Stop is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences. 

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