A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes – Naming and Shaming Mental Health Stigmas

Front cover - A series of Unfortunate StereotypesPublished by Trigger Press

Illustrated by Jo Neary


Published in the UK Feb 18. Out in the US in June 2018

Available to buy from Amazon, Waterstones, Trigger Press, Foyles and more.

For US Amazon pre-orders, click here.



If you’ve ever had someone in your orbit say an ignorant thing about mental health and wished you had a clever repost, this book is your instruction manual.’ Natasha Devon, MBE

‘I love Lucy’s writing. It’s an insightful and incredibly accurate account of living with mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it, written with humour and intelligence.’ Denise Welch

‘Nichol has written an informative and honest book that goes some way to setting the record straight about the reality of living with a mental health issue’  **** The Sun

‘Lucy’s book really struck a chord with me. Anxiety is a medium-sized word with plus-size consequences, and opening up about what it actually means is the only way to break down those ‘unfortunate stereotypes’…’ Andrea McLean

‘Lucy Nichol is a fresh and important voice in the world of mental health (…) this book will offer people who suffer from mental health issues some relief, and for those who don’t suffer – they’ll get some understanding. Read it!’ Amber Tozer

‘A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes is essentially an exercise in empathy. Lucy has been there and she cares: reflection and resonance.’ Kristin Hersh

‘A thoughtful and hilarious look into mental health in the modern world.’ Yorkshire Post

‘Lucy has the gift of sparkling prose and a mischievous, self-deprecating sense of humour.’ David Whetstone, Arts Editor, The Journal

‘I can see why she thought I wouldn’t like it.’ Lucy’s grandma


From a young age, Lucy Nichol has always been on edge. Whether it’s because of her fear of beards, a general sense that she can catch a disease from anything, or the belief that she’s going to throw up at any given moment, she’s never really felt safe.

In A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes, Lucy explores the different lenses through which she and other people have viewed her mental health problems. She tackles a number of different stereotypes placed on people living with mental illness, including the idea that they are narcissists, hypochondriacs, and psychos.

After writing a blog post about her journey, Lucy realised that she wasn’t alone in feeling this way. And so she began to talk more about her experience, eventually becoming a columnist in Sarah Millican’s magazine Standard Issue. In writing about her life in such an open way, Lucy has been able to claw herself back from the grips of her anxiety.

A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes is one of the most fortunate things you could read!


‘You made me cry with this wonderful piece – thank you for writing it’ Sarah Millican

‘A very rare combination of something that is properly funny, very moving and, crucially, actually wise! Wonderfully written, insightful, laugh out loud funny yet a complex and totally human exploration of something that’s so difficult for people to understand. It absolutely deserves to be shared.’ Lee Hall (writer, Billy Elliott, The Pitmen Painters)

‘A brave advocate doing all she can to end the stigma of mental illness, Lucy moves seamlessly between serious and celebratory. Educating, entertaining and always uplifting – her writing is a rare treat.’ Dr Craig Malkin, Lecturer Harvard Medical School and author of the internationally acclaimed Rethinking Narcissism

‘Lucy writes from the heart with a real mixture of honesty and character. It is fantastic there are blogs like Lucy’s that reach out with care, concern and help break down this taboo!’ Alfie Joey (BBC, Ideal)


Mental podcast – Interview and book discussion – 16 August 2018

Dazed (interview)The benefits and dangers of self diagnosing mental health (interview)18 May

Yorkshire Post (book review)Review of A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes 6 March 2018

Narc MagazineInterview 2 March 2018

The Journal (interview)Party addict or anxious soul?23 February 2018