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Childrens Novel Republished After Authors Suicide to Raise Awareness – WMHD2017


Author of childrens novels Jonny Zucker, 49, took his own life in November 2016. He lived with depression for over twenty years. Publisher 2Simple are republishing his most popular novel ‘Striker Boy’ (first published 2010) with all the proceeds going directly to the bereaved family and the mental health charity, Mind.

The book launched on 5th October 2017 and is available from or for £6.00 on kindle or £6.99 for the paperback version. £1.40 from each copy sold will be donated to Mind, a mental health charity. The family chose Mind as Jonny received support from them over the years.

Jonny dedicated his life to getting young children reading. He worked for many years as a primary school teacher before becoming a children’s author. He is survived by his loving wife Fiona Starr, who is a psychologist, and their three young sons.

“Jonny was my best friend and soul mate. Even towards the end, when his flame was burning out, we managed to salvage deep moments of love and humour. The Striker Boy campaign gives me hope and comfort that his death wasn’t in vain, that even in death Jonny can still inspire thousands of children all over the world through his words,” says Fiona.

Suicide is the largest killer of young men

One in four people will live with a mental health problem every year, and suicide is the largest killer of men under 45.

The Striker Boy campaign is raising public awareness of mental health issues in children and adults.

Paul Farmer, Mind’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for Striker Boy by the Zucker family. Their support will mean that Mind can continue providing vital services, like our Infoline, so people can make their own choices and access the treatment and support that is right for them. This partnership will help us to make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.”

Fiona’s cousin, radio and television presenter Jonny Gould received the news of his cousin-in-laws death while live on air. He feels strongly that this is a story the world needs to hear, “Mental health needs to be discussed in the open and these personal stories need to be shared. The media has such a vital role in helping people understand mental health and putting pressure on the government to act.”

Reviews of the book

“Scores on every level” – Sally Morris, Daily Mail
“A cracking read” – The National Literacy Association
“Very fast and exciting to read” – David Bennett, Books for Keeps

About Mind

“Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.”

Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday).

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Alan is a mental health service user in Cornwall, UK. Although generally the NHS has been very good with his care, their are some weak links. Thats why he started this blog, to share experiences and resources on various mental health illnesses. Also, to bring the headlines about mental health to the foreground. Alan enjoys walking his dogs, taking photos, watching movies and playing the PS4 :-)

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