text size

small medium large

No Panic Book of Not Panicking


As part of our arts and health strand Apples and Snakes delivered a four year collaboration with No Panic (Sutton & Merton), a self-help group that provides support to people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and phobia and writer and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton.

No Panic had the idea of writing a book about Not Panicking! They felt there was a lack of literature about panic attacks, depression and anxiety, and what was available was not always useful. The group were unable to find something practical written by people who experience the condition themselves. Thus The No Panic Book of Not Panicking communicates their own stories, in their own words, and in an accessible and inspiring way.

Sally Pomme Clayton ran the creative workshops and helped the group to edit their work, adding to the book some of the creative writing exercises that she developed, so the reader can engage with these too. The book has been illustrated by Ricky K. Chandler  and was launched in June 2016 during London Creativity and Wellbeing Week.

"I've just read the first few chapters of the No Panic Book Of Not Panicking.  I've completed the first two writing exercises and feel the most positive I've felt in a few weeks. Thanks to the group for such a great book. Anxiety is something I've only just begun to really suffer from (or be aware that I'm suffering from, not sure which yet) but already, writing about it is helping me to understand the cause and effect it has personally"
- Audience member

The book is also available in print. If you would like to order a copy, please send a request to info@archive.applesandsnakes.org and transfer £3 via our donations page to cover post and package.


Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Search By Poet

Join our Mailing list

Forward to a friend


Mind Unit - websites, content management and email marketing for the arts