I have been a therapist for over 20 years. I have specialized in PTSD since 1994. Now I work with people in public life who have high pressure roles, and who have broken down after one off shocking events or a slow build up of stresses. I wrote How to Smile Again because I didn't want to sit back and shout at the TV and Radio and gasp at outrageous headlines when the media decided to drag someone over the coals when they were struggling to cope. I wanted to stand up and reach out to those people who often have to go underground to suffer their trauma. Their struggle with trauma or mental health is often seen as their demise rather than a struggle to overcome. Sitting back for me meant I colluded with this, and I didn't want to do that. How we treat people in public life is a demonstration to us all that we too may one day face a rupture in our mental health and find ourselves in this unsympathetic atmosphere; whilst trying to recover and sadly some don't make it.