It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies): Inspirational people open up about their mental health

About the Book

Scarlett Curtis, writer and activist curated this anthology of writing with stories from 75 inspirational people.

The book contains a collection of stories from those who have suffered through the worst and know what it’s like to fight to feel better, to exploring a wide range of mental health topics, from; Emilia Clarke’s thoughts on body image and illness; a poem about depression by Sam Smith, to anxiety and sexuality, race and addiction.

The overwhelming message this book delivers, through many individual and varied voices, is this: no matter what your age, your background, gender or situation, it is ok to feel blue. The book provides a powerful reminder that although people may look like they have life sussed, inwardly they can be struggling too.

This is the freshest, most honest collection of writings about mental health that I've read...searing wit, blinding passion, bleeding emotion and a fantastic, heroic, glorious refusal to lie down and take it.

Stephen Fry

Reading this book made me feel more normal about the things I feel sometimes.... It's a great book; however you're feeling, it'll help.

Ed Sheeran

This is the book I needed when I was little. May this be a leap forward in the much needed conversation around mental health.

Jameela Jamil

About the Author

Scarlett Curtis is a 25-year-old English writer, activist, and journalist. She has published two Sunday Times bestselling books and is the co-founder of the activist collective, The Pink Protest.

In 2018, Scarlett curated the bestseller and National Book Award winner, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and other lies; a collection of essays by 52 women on what feminism means to them, published by Penguin. Scarlett’s second book It’s Not Okay to Feel Blue and other lies was published by Penguin in October 2019.

Prior to founding The Pink Protest, Scarlett worked for a year at Global Citizen and spent 18 months as social media director of the UN’s campaign ‘The Global Goals’.

Scarlett is contributing editor at The Sunday Times Style and has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, Vogue and many other magazines and newspapers. From 2017 - 2018 Scarlett wrote a weekly column for The Sunday Times Style newspaper titled The Generation Z Hit List.

Scarlett Curtis was awarded the Change-maker Award for young activists presented by Equality Now, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE in November 2019. She is also an official UN Women UK advocate.


  • Adam Kay
  • Alastair Campbell
  • Alexis Caught
  • Ben Platt
  • Bryony Gordon
  • Candice Carty-Williams
  • Charlie Mackesy
  • Charly Cox
  • Chidera Eggerue
  • Claire Stancliffe
  • Davina McCall
  • Dawn O'Porter
  • Elizabeth Day
  • Elizabeth Uviebinené
  • Ella Purnell
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Emma Thompson
  • Eve Delaney
  • Fearne Cotton
  • Gabby Edlin
  • Gemma Styles
  • GIRLI (Milly Toomey)
  • Grace Beverley
  • Hannah Witton
  • Honey Ross
  • Hussain Manawer
  • Jack Rooke
  • James Blake
  • Jamie Flook
  • Jamie Windust
  • Jessie Cave
  • Jo Irwin
  • Jonah Freud
  • Jonny Benjamin
  • Jordan Stephens
  • Kai-Isaiah Jamal
  • Kate Weinberg
  • Kelechi Okafor
  • Khalil Aldabbas
  • Lauren Mahon
  • Lena Dunham
  • Maggie Matic
  • Martha Lane Fox
  • Mathew Kollamkulam
  • Matt Haig
  • Megan Crabbe
  • Michael Kitching
  • Michelle Elman
  • Miranda Hart
  • Mitch Price
  • Mona Chalabi
  • Montana Brown
  • Nadia Craddock
  • Naomi Campbell
  • Poorna Bell
  • Poppy Jamie
  • Reggie Yates
  • Ripley Parker
  • Robert Kazandjian
  • Rosa Mercuriadis
  • Saba Asif
  • Sam Smith
  • Scarlett Curtis
  • Scarlett Moffatt
  • Scottee
  • Sharon Chalkin Feldstein
  • Shonagh Marie
  • Simon Amstell
  • Sinéad Burke
  • Steve Ali
  • Tanya Byron
  • Travon Free
  • Yomi Adegoke
  • Yusuf Al Majarhi