How to Tell Depression to Piss Off – James Withey & Harriet Harris

23rd November 2020

James Withey discusses his life and books with Rev Dr Harriet Harris. 

James Withey is a former counsellor who founded The Recovery Letters project, which publishes letters from people recovering from depression, addressed to people experiencing it.

The Recovery Letters book is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and was released in July 2017. The book was selected for World Book Night 2018 and as a Reading Well title in the same year. Cosmopolitan named it as ‘One of the 12 mental health books everyone should read’.The sequel to The Recovery Letters, What I Do to Get Through was published by Jessica Kingsley in March 2021.

How to Tell Depression to Piss Off: 40 Ways to Get Your Life Back was published by Little Brown in May 2020 in paperback, e-book and audio book.


Rev Dr Harriet Harris is the University Chaplain and Head of Chaplaincy Service at the University of Edinburgh. Harriet has had a long university career, as a Research Fellow (Oxford), University Lecturer (Exeter), and Chaplain and Faculty member (Oxford and Edinburgh). She continues to write, teach and supervise research, and is used to being stretched across multiple roles, including family ones! She is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Divinity, and an Associate Fellow of the Clinical Educator Programme, providing training in ‘Compassion for self and others’ to medical consultants. Harriet is also a Trainer with Student Minds, and a Certified Coach with One of Many, the biggest UK network of women leaders. Harriet has also recently founded and facilitates the Abundant Academy