How it all began


During the publication process, we realised that the problems we had written about in the book had all started when the authors were at school. We had conversations about how this could have been prevented and this led to Cat, one of the original ‘Five Lives authors’ writing, “I wish that children in schools were taught the realities of drug use and introduced to someone like me.”

This then became our aim, to go into schools to talk to students about drugs, alcohol and self-harm and to take people who had really experienced those problems first hand. This became even more poignant when Emma M died in July 2014 and Hannah died in April 2016. These were both drugs related deaths, and as such they were totally preventable. The importance of what we were doing suddenly became very personal and real.