An honest yet uplifting account of a woman's life affected (but not defined) by the suicide of her husband and the deadly paradox of modern-day masculinity.
Punk rocker, bird nerd and book lover Rob Bell had a full, happy life. He had a loving wife, a big-bottomed dog named Daisy and a career as a respected science journalist. But beneath the carefully cultivated air of machoism and the need to help other people, he struggled with mental health and a drug addiction that began as a means to self-medicate his illness. In 2015, he ended his life in New Zealand on a winter's night.
But what happened? How did a middle-class Catholic boy from the suburbs, who had an ocean of people who loved him, and a brain the size of a planet, end up dying alone by his own hand? How did it get to this point?
In the search to find out about the man she loved, and how he arrived at that desperate, dark moment, Poorna Bell, Executive Editor of The Huffington Post UK, went on a journey spanning New Zealand, India and England to discover more about him.
Chase the Rainbow is an affecting, poetic, and deeply personal journey which teaches to seek hope and happiness, even in the most tragic of circumstances. Shattering the stigma surrounding depression and suicide, Poorna Bell challenges us talk about what we most fear and to better understand the personal struggles of those closest to us.
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- Karen Burke
Poorna brought us through a harrowing journey in the most profound way. Her writing has a way of placing you in the exact spot feeling so many emotions.
- Alison Reeves
A beautiful honest reflection of love and life of suffering and pain of courage and suicide. This resonated so clearly with my own experience of loving someone that I could not save, who’s only way to be free was to leave this world.
good premise, difficult to finish
the idea of the book is good, I like that they are trying to get the story of Male mental health out. however, I did struggle to get through it