Tara J. Lal Picks on Mental Health

Standing on My Brother’s Shouldersauthor Tara J. Lal is a female firefighter in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, and a physiotherapist. Tara’s childhood was scarred by the debilitating mental illness of her father and by her mother’s death from cancer when she was thirteen. Caught up in grief and despair, Tara and her older brother Adam developed a deep, caring bond, but Adam struggled silently with growing anxiety and depression. He took his own life shortly after his 20th birthday. In view of the Mental Health Awareness Week, we asked Tara to list the books on mental health that inspired her the most.


Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck
The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
The Happiness Trap by Dr Russ Harris
Tara J. Lal is a female firefighter in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Born and bred in London, she holds two university degrees and is a practising physiotherapist. She is trained in suicide prevention and crisis intervention, and managed the Critical Incident Support Program in Fire & Rescue NSW, working with the Black Dog Institute to promote mental health in firefighters. Her vision is to use her book to endorse evidence-based resilience training as a way to enhance growth through trauma.


Tara J. Lal
Standing on My Brother’s Shoulders
£8.99, available from Watkins Publishing

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