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Inspiration. Empowerment. Motivation.

I hope to offer encouragement and motivation. I want you to feel empowered.

I wrote this book about my battle with, and recovery from, mental illness to let you know you’re not alone. By telling you about my journey through Hell to peace and joy, I want to bring a message of hope to everyone struggling like me. I want to remind you not only is it okay to struggle, it’s necessary. I want to allow you the freedom of vulnerability without shame and urge you to fight your demons. I have faith in you, even when you don’t feel confidence in yourself. I know you can do it. I hope you feel my support and concern in my writing, so you’ll choose to do the work, heal, achieve, and accomplish.

Book Cover - Not Okay? Okay.: A Roadmap Back from the Brink

Lotta folks have told me the book helped them save their lives. I wrote this book when I was well on the road to recovery, far enough that I had found peace and calm, but I was probably still about 30% crazy. So it’s pretty raw and accurate account of recovery from a man who was still recovering y’ know.

It’s a book of love, y’know; so my sons (and you) can dodge or escape the mental illness I lived with and tried to kill me. It’s a book of triumph, too; to remind me how far I’ve come, how hard I’ve worked. It’s a book of woe; anguish spilled into rage-fueled recounting of times gone. Mostly, it’s a book of compassion – from the soul of a man who found myself in the bottom of the deepest, darkest hole and fought my way out, for my family – and will leave no one behind. After a lifetime journey of pain, this book is knowledge and (I hope) wisdom gained through triumphs, tribulations, and (lots of) therapy. I wrote this book to share my pain and loneliness, because I can’t stand the thought of you, whoever you are, hurtin’ as bad as I was and thinkin’ you’re all alone.

This is a horrible book. Not because it’s badly written. It’s written okay. Not because of its’ subject matter, although that is certainly horrible. It’s horrible because it makes folks think about things they’ve ignored, excused, denied, or repressed. It’s horrible because it reveals hard truths. The truth can be difficult to see, but once seen, impossible to ignore. It’s a horrible book. And I believe the world needs to read it. I wish I could walk beside each of you on your journey of healing, but I can’t. This book is my way of reaching each of you and reminding you that you’re not alone in your pain and loneliness, that I’m there too, crying with you, believing in you, hoping for you, and telling you that you can become whoever you want to be. That you can make your life whatever you want it to be. I know you got this.

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What Readers are Saying...

This book is healing. It’s a tough story that will leave you in tears, then have you laughing your ass off. It’s a story that we all commonly have, it’s a shared experience within a brotherhood, and essentially it’s OUR STORY. The pain, mental anguish, shared trauma experiences and the fear of healing because of the stigma we live under as warriors doesn’t need to rule our lives, we need to heal and in this book Sheridan shares his experiences on how doing your inner work- WORKS. If you’re a soldier, veteran, spouse, mom, dad, sibling, neighbour or just love a soldier who is in your life… read this book. It’ll help you understand the dark parts and it’ll help you become a resource in the light. You will cry, laugh, get angry and then feel the greatest gift of all - hope. Sheridan Taylor is one of the most amazing, beautiful and deadly warriors that I’m privileged to know. His experiences throughout life have been poured into a book but this book also acts as a light. Sheridan simply wrote an amazing book of pain and healing but lights the path for others to join him on his journey. He is the best resource I personally know and I feel like I won the lottery having him as a friend.
Jamie
In Not Okay? Okay, Sheridan Taylor tells it the way he feels it. This is a no-holds-barred, blatantly honest look at mental health from someone who has lived it. This is a must-read for anyone impacted by mental health, substance use, and trauma. Essentially everyone. The beauty of balance between heartbreak and hope keeps you reading. The triumphs over struggle and the love for his wife and sons demonstrate Sheridan's complex ability to keep things real. He encourages the reader to seek help through any and every means possible. Professional help, the help of family and friends, it doesn't matter - keep seeking help and don't give up. Sheridan's story is important not because it is his story but because it could be anyone's. Not Okay? Okay is the epitome that battling from the brink isn't easy, but it is worth it.
Terri