‘Down Days’ – by Craig Hallam

Down Days by Craig Hallam

I have never read a book and suddenly felt like I was reading about my own life. What Craig has achieved in this book is bringing together all like-minded people, ‘Those Like Us’, to tell us it is ok to have those down days and that you’re not alone.

I started reading this on one of my own ‘down days’ and before I knew it, I was 40% in. The voices in my mind were cheering like something out of a gospel church, shouting ‘Amen’ and ‘Preach’ with every page turn (or swipe if you’re e-readering like me).

One of my favourite sections, which had me chuckling out loud, was when Craig talked about what triggers his emotions; ‘adverts, movies, finding I’d used the last sponge for the washing up.’ My laugh wasn’t to mock, but because YES! I GET IT!

This isn’t a self help book, so if you have depression, don’t read it expecting a cure. What is does is shows you that you can cope, or find your own ways to cope, as long as you can accept that those days will hit you out of the blue, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. It will also give an insight to those who have never been through it so they can begin to understand and hopefully end the stigma that comes with the whole ‘I have depression’ thing where the majority of people think ‘yeah, right, if you say so… jobsworth’. (Admit it… we’ve all had that thought at some point haven’t we?)

In reading this book I feel like I know Craig a whole lot more and the next time I see him at an event, I will give him a huge hug! (Sorry Craig, you’re getting a hug whether you like it or not – granted this pandemic is over of course).

Fantastic book that EVERYONE needs to read asap.

FREE to download on Kindle.


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