About Andrew Lawes

Having dealt with depression since childhood, Andrew Lawes writes passionately and honestly on the subject of mental health issues in the hopes that he can make a difference in the lives of others with similar struggles. Hailing from Northern England, he is currently a support worker for adults with learning difficulties. In addition to his social work, Andrew is pursuing a degree in English with the Open University of England. Find him on Facebook, Twitter @laweslaweslawes, and Andrew-Lawes.com. Or email him at [email protected].

Thoughts of Depression, Self-Harm, and Suicide


Suicidal people are often called selfish or cowardly, but how often are they called exhausted or terrified? Andrew Lawes shares his story.

The Emotional Fallout of Divorce and the 5 Stages of Relationship Grief

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Andrew Lawes knows how you can hit bottom after a divorce. But he’s here to tell you how to survive.

An Open Letter to Anyone Considering Suicide

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Andrew Lawes—like so many of us—knows what it is like to be on the brink of despair. He hopes his words will connect with those who need it most.

Overcoming Fear and Learning to Live

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Andrew Lawes knows how difficult it is to combat your fears. And how important it is.

Why Don’t U.S. Veterans Get the Support They Need?


With military suicides at an all-time high, we need to ask what we can do better.

Understanding Self-Harm

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Andrew Lawes explains how ‘self-harm isn’t about dying. Self-harm is about living.’

The Empty Space: Absentee Parenting


It’s bad enough that you weren’t prepared to be a father, but failing to be there for your kids and not holding yourself accountable for who they become is even worse.

Can I Overcome Depression?


While most people can enjoy pleasant afternoons, I live in constant fear of the approaching storms.

The Son I Never Met: Men and Miscarriage


Ten years later, I still haven’t talked about how much the miscarriage affected me.

Depression—My Story


Depression can be a fatal illness. Andrew Lawes has survived it, but it was a near thing for a while.

How to Love Someone With Depression


One of the hardest things about depression is understanding it. This advice will help.

Children Remember


Andrew Lawes recalls how his father made any hope of a “normal” childhood impossible.

The Scandal of Male Suicide


Andrew Lawes seeks to erase the stigma that prevents men from getting the help they need before they see killing themselves as the only option.