“Johnstone’s method of visualising a Black Dog helps by externalising the depression. He presents it as something that happens to you, rather than the ‘real you’ and that can be constructive. It helps patients to see that they are not at fault or a failure, and to realise that they are not alone.”
Professor Paul Gilbert, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Derby.
“With wit, insight, economy and complete understanding, this book achieves what other books take 300 pages to say”.
Stephen Fry, Comedian, actor, author and creator of The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive.
“A ten minute flick through the pictures may help sufferers to recognize the black dog and a way through to treatment, hope and equanimity”.
“If we’re serious about tackling depression every library in Australia should have this book”.
“Matthew Johnstone has drawn from life in his brave account of depression”.
Extra, The Sun Herald
“This brilliant, disarming book about depression is quick to read, clever and poignant”.
Australian Financial Review
“This is such an unusual and special book that it may help you articulate what you or someone you know is going through. Rating IIIII”
Angus & Robertson
“His highly original mix of genres - auto biographical, self-help in picture book format proved just what the doctor ordered”.
Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald
Nominated for 2006 ‘Next List’ for Books, Rolling Stone magazine.
Finalist in the Montana Book Awards in New Zealand 2006.