GP Taylor Speaks Out
22 May 2015
Over the coming days, local and regional media will be speaking to bestselling author GP Taylor about his experiences of mental ill health and why he is backing the campaign to save Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind.
The ex- Church of England vicar turned author, who lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, found fame when his first novel Shadowmancer became an international best-seller. His books have since been translated into 51 languages around the world.
A film of one of his best-selling books – The Adventurer the Curse of the Midas Box - starring actors Sam Neill, Michael Sheen, Ioan Gruffudd and Keeley Hawes, is currently topping viewing on Sky Movies Premiere and has been watched by millions.
For the first time, Graham Peter Taylor, speaks of how he attempted suicide following a long bout of depression brought on after an attack by a gang of men while he was working as a police officer in Pickering, North Yorkshire, left him suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Dogged by depression and nightmares of the attack, he took up writing while serving as Vicar of Cloughton, but even at the height of his success as he signed book deals worth millions of pounds with publishers Faber and Faber, he could not escape from the grip of mental illness.
Late one Sunday evening Graham, who later left the church to pursue his career in writing full time, decided to kill himself, but thankfully his attempt was thwarted and with the help of his family and support workers he made a slow recovery.
Now he is bravely speak out about the debilitating effects of mental ill health and how people need support during their darkest hours and during their recovery process at a time when mental health spending nationally is reducing.