Archbishop Justin took part in a book reading chaired by Bishop Graham and hosted by Steve Foyster, Manager of Revelation Christian Bookshop. The Archbishop read a brief extract from his book Re-Imagining Britain that highlighted those aspects of our contemporary culture which put us all under increased strain and impact upon the mental health of the nation in a variety of ways.
“This is a first for me. I’ve never read aloud from my own book before. There are many, many better books than this. The first book I published, someone asked the question why should we read your book and I said I don’t know, I don’t think it’s very good. The journalist said, ‘you haven’t done this before have you?!'” Then, reading aloud from his book: “This is a time of revolution both in the acceptance and in the treatment of mental health problem.”
Steve Foyster then read an extract from Katherine Welby-Robert’s book I thought there would be cake, that particularly resonated with him. Through his own personal history, the Bookshop has developed a strong association with issues surrounding mental health. It provides a welcome space for health professionals and members of the general public in which to learn, debate or simply to be heard concerning things such as depression, suicide, self-harm and the state of mental health support in this country.