Mark Simmonds' life was mapped out from the very beginning: go
to university, climb the corporate ladder, marry and have children. But life
isn't so easy, and success is hard to manage. After making what seemed like the
right move in his career, Mark suffered from increasing levels of stress and
anxiety, leading to his nervous breakdown.
the ground he'd stood on for years started to crumble, Mark did something he
never thought he'd do: he stepped back from his work to focus on creating a
balance in his life. But then his world fell apart for a second time when his
daughter, Emily, became anorexic.
strength he never knew he had, Mark fought alongside Emily, both lost, both
scared, but finding solace in one other.
Breakdown and Repair tells the touching tale of
a father saving himself by saving his daughter.
During a career spanning 25 years, Mark has worked as a management trainer. He has run learning programmes in innovation and creativity for corporate giants like Unilever, GlaxoSmithkline, Philips and HSBC right across the globe. Along with his business partner Hanne Kristiansen, he now runs a small agency called Creative Creatures. Throughout his life, Mark has struggled with pressure and anxiety, and suffered a nervous breakdown in 2001, brought on by work-related stress. During the last six years, Mark has utilised his experiences of mental ill health in his capacity as a carer, helping his daughter battle against anorexia nervosa. His book, Breakdown and Repair, brings both episodes to life very openly and honestly. By collaborating with the young and talented illustrator, Lucy Streule, his aim is to make the topic of mental health accessible to all by exploring the light side of darkness.