A DISABLED author has penned a children’s book to help raise awareness about mental illness.
Thomas Eden has suffered with mental disabilities since he was a child and decided to use his experiences to write ‘Alternative Dimensions’ – a fantasy book about three space-travelling characters who suffer from the likes of obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety.
The 36-year-old from Warwick said: “The reason I wrote this book was to show people with disabilities can be intelligent and others should not judge people on appearances.
“I decided to use my problems to promote understanding of mental health. In particular that people with mental health problems are also people with feelings and should be respected as individuals.”
The former Aylesford School pupil – who has battled dyslexia and obsessive compulsive disorder – attended a writing course at the Sydni Centre in Leamington before starting work on his book.
Now he hopes the novel will be snapped up by schools to help raise awareness of mental illness.
He said: “One of my hopes is that this book can be used to educate children and will be used in libraries and schools. It promotes the idea that people who have disabilities can be shown understanding and respect.”
And Tom doesn’t plan to stop writing now.
He told the Observer: “Seeing what I have written in print is a dream come true, I may even produce some more stories in the future.”
Visit chipmunkapublishing.co.uk to order the book, which costs £12.