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Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods

Out of the Woods

A Journey Through Depression and Anxiety

By Brent Williams, Illustrated by Korkut Öztekin



160 Pages, 7.25 x 10.75

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: October 2017

ISBN 9780473390068

Rights: US & CA

Educational Resources Ltd (Oct 2017)

Price: $27.95


Out of the Woods is a book to help people understand and overcome depression and anxiety. It is the author's own story told entirely through 700 beautifully hand drawn watercolor illustrations. It is an immensely practical guide for sufferers, their loved ones, and professionals working in the area too. The book's graphic memoir format blends a compelling personal story with the latest medical research - ideal for people who are in the depths of depression and struggling to read and take on board information. The book doesn't pretend there is a quick way out of these illnesses and instead encourages people to make small steps to slowly build their own lasting recoveries. This is an inspiring story that will give vital information and hope to many people.


"This is as clear, accurate and sympathetic a description of major depression and how to emerge from it as I have ever seen."  —Dr. Tim Cantopher, author, Depressive Illness

"If one person's journey is told really well, it becomes universal. This book does just that – and will give courage and hope to many many sufferers."  —Professor Mark Williams, University of Oxford

"A brave, important book."  —Professor Robert Sapolsky, Stanford University

"Ultimately a journey of redemption, growth and hope that could provide an invaluable lifeline to those experiencing depression and those at a loss to understand what their loved ones are going through."  —Dr. Ben Beaglehole, Otago Medical School, Christchurch

"Beautifully illustrated, clearly written, genuine, compelling. "  —Asst. Professor Patricia L. Gerbarg MD, New York Medical College

"I related to it so much. I don't normally enjoy graphic novels, but this one really appealed to me because of the subject matter. Within a couple of pages I was totally hooked . . . I discovered I had depression at a very young age and I think this book would have really helped me understand and explore the feelings I was having as opposed to some of the heavy going books I read at the time. As well as being the perfect book for those suffering, it would also be great for friends and family to borrow or buy to better understand the feelings and actions of having a mental illness. The images almost make the words sink in better. I highly recommend this book if you are suffering from a mental illness or just want to clue yourself up. It's a beautifully designed hardback book and is an interesting, deeply personal, fresh take on the usual books about depression. I feel very lucky to have been given the chance to review this for my blog and I shall treasure the copy that was sent to me."  — Roar Dinosaur, Blogger

"This book brings to life the mental process someone has when they have depression and anxiety and when you're reading this book and suffer from these illnesses; it makes you realize how real it really is and it explains the thought processes you're having. Half the time I can't explain them myself, it's something rather difficult to put into words however Brent Williams did an incredible job of doing this on behalf of so many people, such as myself. Brent Williams himself suffered with Depression and Anxiety and he brought to life the way he thought and the way he dealt with the illness; in a way it would help people to understand these illnesses if they do not suffer from them; or if you suffer with them and have absolutely no idea how to overcome them. I cannot explain how important this book is. It's pretty much a practical guide handed to you on how to think it through and understand it yourself. It provides a way of understanding that people shouldn't try and rush out of this by dealing with it, but instead taking small steps to build up the recovery instead of making it worse in the long run."  —Kimberley Jessica, Blogger 

"Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to those who prefer to consume self help in nontraditional ways." —Robert Duff,

Author Biography

Brent Williams has built his career in community law, creating services and resources to help vulnerable people – particularly children, young people, and victims of family violence. In his resource work, he has used comics, re-enactments, and documentaries to tell stories of people asserting their legal rights. He lives in New Zealand. Korkut Öztekin is an instructor at the Dokuz Eylül University. He is known for his work on Deli Gücük, a Turkish comic series of ghost stories from rural Ottoman Anatolia. He lives in Turkey.