As part of their arts and health strand Apples and Snakes delivered a four year collaboration with No Panic (Sutton & Merton), a self-help group that provides support to people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and phobia and writer and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton.
No Panic had the idea of writing a book about Not Panicking! They felt there was a lack of literature about panic attacks, depression and anxiety, and what was available was not always useful. The group were unable to find something practical written by people who experience the condition themselves. Thus The No Panic Book of Not Panicking communicates their own stories, in their own words, and in an accessible and inspiring way.
In the book you will find stories and poems, biographies and fictions and self-help advice, which the group have written. They found creative writing helped their state of mind, and gave shape to their life and experiences in the form of words. Writing feels safe, inspiring, and enabling and they wanted the book to help others who suffer anxiety like them.
Sally Pomme Clayton ran the creative workshops and helped the group to edit their work, adding to the book some of the creative writing exercises that she developed, so the reader can engage with these too. The book has been illustrated by Ricky K. Chandler and was launched in June 2016 during London Creativity and Wellbeing Week.