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Local author supports Praxis Care

Clare Sherrard writer of newly published book “I Lost Control Of Myself Like This” has agreed to donate all of the world wide sales to the work of Praxis Care.

The book is a humorous account of childhood and how she coped with crippling poor mental health.

Clare Sherrard says

“I was born 1978 in County Armagh in Northern Ireland and had a fairly normal childhood until one day her eldest sister suffered a severe injury whilst riding a horse.

This tragedy cast a long shadow over my life and indeed my whole family’s life. At home, things began to unravel with marital infidelity, alcoholism, financial penury and domestic violence.

I turned to self injury and survived a serious suicide attempt.

I threw myself into my studies as a coping mechanism. Overcoming a bout of severe anorexia I then got a place at the University of St Andrews and afterwards Trinity College Dublin.

It was during my period at both universities that I became addicted to marijuana and this led to terrifying bouts of drug induced psychosis.  I came back North but remained plagued by psychosis and struggled with alcoholism.

However, these challenges have not weighed me down. I am a now a Reiki Master, reflexologist, nail technician as well as making jewellery and volunteering as a tutor for Praxis Care.

By writing my book I want to write my story and “take the mickey out of my own mental health”.

Paul Collins – Assistant Director Fundraising & PR

“This is a fascinating story of one individual’s journey through poor mental health.  It is fantastic that Claire has agreed to support the work of Praxis Care by donating the proceeds to our charity.

I Lost Control Of Myself Like This  by Clare Sherrard

Published by Chipmunk Publishing


To find out more about Praxis Care and how you can support their work or volunteer go to www.praxiscare.org.uk or telephone 028 90 234 555.

Notes to editors

Praxis Care is the largest Northern Ireland charity providing care for vulnerable children and adults affected by mental ill health, learning disability, acquired brain injury and dementia.

The charity also works in the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and England and it provides a range of accommodation and support services for nearly 1,200 people.

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