Andrew Lawes is the author of Dancing With Disorder and the FPL Nightmare series, and is a writer renowned for his honesty, humour and heart.
Lawes began sharing his writing in 2012, due to a combination of his escalating mental health issues and immense frustration with the lack of support available. His story of fighting depression received acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic, notably from Jonathan Davis of Korn who remarked, "bless you for giving people hope," and from Duff McKagan of Guns 'N' Roses, who thanked Lawes for his courage in his article 'Depression Ain't No Joke.' His next article, 'Loving Someone With Depression,' was written to offer support and advice for the loved ones of people suffering from what Lawes coined 'the cancer of the soul.' Republished on various websites, this essay steeped in empathy and understanding remains his most popular piece of writing. His later essays on male suicide and self-harm played a crucial role in opening the doors for other men to rise above the stigma and discuss their own struggles.
Lawes lives in a quiet market town in the north of England with his partner, her two children and their two cats, Sven and Denzel. Currently studying to be a psychotherapist, he regularly shares in-depth essays about mental health, society and his life and interests on his website, LawesDisorder.com. He is currently working on the concluding chapter of the FPL Nightmare trilogy.
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