Mental illness has been a taboo subject for a long time, people who suffered with mental health issues were locked away and hidden from the world, shame attached to their very existence. In recent years there have been great strides to change that perception and to get people to have more of an understanding that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, it is like any other illness and needs just as much recognition as any other affliction.
Todd Lawson LaTourrette has suffered with mental illness since the age of nineteen. It has been a destructive and infinite struggle against the darkness from within. Consumed is a book that details the terrifying and isolating self-destructive fight that Todd has been living. His memoir is an unflinching look at life when mental illness is a reality that constantly demands attention and disrupts every facet of life.
Walking the thin line between existing and wanting to find the nothingness offered by suicide, Consumed explores the different ways in which Todd has attempted to deal with his illness, including when he has stood on the precipice of life.
Easy to read and extremely honest, Todd opens a window into his suffering, self doubt and fear, showing the world just how it can be when living with mental illness. His hope is to help educate people and share with them in such a way that if they know someone, or indeed suffer themselves with issue pertaining to mental health, that they are not alone regardless of just how alientating it can be.
Available from Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers for £7.99.