Stripped Bare by Sharon Bull
Published 28th August
A British woman in her mid-years, was finally catapulted into her worst months of shame and self-destruction, after thirty years battling with mental health issues including depression, anxiety and a spending addiction which lead to incurring £50,000 debt. This is a true story based on the experiences of the author Sharon Bull, who in 2010 lost almost everything, including her life, but it wasn't until after her failed suicide attempt Sharon finally faced up to her fears. She transformed her life in a way that will inspire and encourage others to realise they can do the same, no matter how impossible it may seem.
This is a heartfelt journey in which the author strips herself bare, allowing readers to see behind the facade we can so often portray to others. There will certainly be aspects of this story many relate to after reading her honest and open accounts about situations and circumstances that were repeatedly determined by past issues. The book also lifts the lid on the toxic effects our society can have on people's lives, and the huge pressure we put on ourselves as we tirelessly strive to live out the perfect lifestyles seen in magazines, adverts and media.
It also helps to break down the stigma attached to mental illness and how our perceptions of others can be far from their reality.