Cassell to publish Frankie Bridge on mental health

Rights - NonFiction Thursday, 07 February 2019

Open charts singer's 'ongoing journey from her breakdown to her breakthroughs, and features advice from the psychologist and psychiatrist who pulled her back from the brink'


Cassell (part of the Octopus Publishing Group) has signed the first book from presenter, singer and Mind ambassador Frankie Bridge. Romilly Morgan, senior commissioning editor at Octopus Publishing Group, pre-empted UK & Commonwealth rights for Open from Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown. The book will be published in February 2020.

According to the acquisition statement: 'In today’s world, although we are more connected than ever, we are in a loneliness epidemic and 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems a year, half of them say that isolation and shame is the worse than the condition itself.

'In Open, Frankie Bridge opens up about her ongoing journey from her breakdown to her breakthroughs, it will also feature practical guidance and advice from the psychologist and
psychiatrist who pulled her back from the brink alongside their notes throughout her recovery. In
opening up about her battles, she hopes to help a generation of people to be more open about their
mental health. Speak out. Ask for help. And be helped.

'Frankie Bridge is best known as one fifth of ‘The Saturdays’ and outside of music has established
herself as a TV presenter and digital influencer. Frankie became a Mind ambassador after opening up about her experiences of anxiety, depression and panic attacks, after her hospitalisation in May 2012.

'Having initially dealt with these issues in silence, Frankie has been keen to support Mind in making
sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone. Recently, she's been a key player in helping to launch the Mind partnership with Heads Together, as well as lending her support to Time to Talk Day.'

Morgan said: "By opening up and letting others in, Frankie will help readers to understand that they are not alone. Part narrative exploration, part practical guide, Open will help people to understand the importance of talking and helping each other in an imperfect world. It’s a brave and important book, one I am incredibly proud to publish."

Bridge said: "I hope my book will showcase the importance of being open in a shut off world, the need to talk about the good days as well as the bad days, so we can all start to have open and honest conversations about how we really are, not how we think we should be.”

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