Welcome to JasonPegler.com
Jason Pegler is the Owner of Chipmunkapublishing the mental health publisher. Publishing over 825 titles since 2001. He is the author of “A Can of Madness”, “Curing Madness”, and “The Ultimate Guide To Well Being”.
“I am often asked about mental health books. A great resource is Chipmunkapublishing.”
“My name is Jason Pegler and I originally founded Chipmunkapublishing to give a voice to writers with mental illness around the world.
Through our range of more than 800 books by more than 600 authors, we raise awareness of the stigma surrounding mental health problems by encouraging society to listen.
We want to reduce the humiliation that people with “mental illness” feel. By giving people with mental illness a voice, we give them the opportunity to lead better lives and inspire others going through similar experiences.
We are dedicated to unearthing new talent and helping those who may have gone unheard tell their stories.
Most of our publications are written by people with mental health issues, but we also give a voice to family members of people with mental health issues and many other disabilities. Titles include autobiographies and memoirs, fiction, poetry, film scripts, plays, books of lyrics, anthologies, stories written by carers, self-help books, academic works and much, much more. We publish books on many different mental health and disability related subjects such as bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, anorexia, aspergers syndrome, autism, self harm, victims of abuse, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions and others.”
About Jason Pegler
Jason Pegler is the world leader in mental health empowerment. He is the CEO of Chipmunkapublishing.
He is also the author of several books including “A Can of Madness”, and “The Home Study Course Unlimited Confidence – Smashes the fear of mental illness”. Jason has appeared on National and International BBC Radio and Television over 150 times, in most of the national newspapers, national media in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Wales, ireland and Jerusalem. He has also appeared in several hundred mental health, social enterprise, disability and personal development publications around the world. Jason also wrote Mental Health Publishing and Empowerment which features 20 chipmunka authors.
In 2002 Jason Pegler set up Chipmunkapublishing The Mental Health Publisher, as a social enterprise, to give a voice to mental health service users that had not had a real voice before. In 1992 at 17 years of age Jason spent 6 months in a mental institution in Gloucester and was told he had manic depression the day he left.
Jason won the New Statesman’s Young Social Entrepreneur of The Year in 2005. In 2008 Jason was a semi finalist in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Jason is a Social Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Writer and Publisher.
Jason the most inspirational mental health empowerment speaker in the world. He uses his own mental health experiences as a positive force, and set up Chipmunkapublishing to enable people to become empowered. They can empower themselves by confronting their mental illness and therefore taking the first steps to recovery. Jason has had an interesting life, from being the captain of his school chess team, Gloucester U16 rugby player and an Oxbridge candidate to writing the renowned autobiography “A Can of Madness”, published in 2002.
This led to promotional and publishing opportunities in the mental health sector as well as national and international media coverage. Since researhing the mental health empowerment market in 2001 Jason has become a force in the world mental health movement creating the world’s most recognised mental health publishing brand Chipmunkapublishing. Jason is a leading thinker and activist in the world of mental health empowerment. Jason ground-breaking autobiography on living with manic depression “A Can of Madness” has been given a favourable review in the Times Literary Supplement. He regards leadership by example. mentoring others, mental health promotion and public speaking as his fortes. He has been featured in hundreds of blogs, newspapers, periodicals, magazines worldwide. He regularly appears on national television, radio and documentaries discussing mental health issues. Jason is inspired by the bravery and success of Chipmunkapublishing authors.
“We need to build on the work on the great work that social entrepreneurs like Jason Pegler are doing”
David Cameron - Prime Minister of the UK
His expertise is mental health. When he was seventeen years of age he spent six months in a psychiatric ward in Coney Hill mental hospital in Gloucester in the United Kingdom. After six weeks of mania where he thought he had taken 5 billion Ecstasy tablets to create world peace, Jason’s first realisation that he was actually not well and in a mental hospital. He had a vision. He knew that one day he would have to gather enough strength to tell the world how he felt. By doing this he could stop the pain and humiliation that he and others with a mental illness felt. His immediate thought was that his experiences and feelings needed to be documented at some stage on the largest platform possible. Then and only then would other people understand and therefore empathise with the "loonies" in Coney Hill and other places. It took Jason four manic episodes before he was bold enough to change his thought processes and act on his vision. Jason graduated from Manchester University with a 2:1 in Classical Studies in 1998 before writing his autobiography on living with manic depression (1998 – 2002) “A Can of Madness”, and setting up Chipmunkapublishing with co-founder Andrew Latchford. It was Andrew Latchford’s idea to set the company up. Little did they know how much work there was to do.
Released on April 13th 2002 with help from the British Government’s Mind Millennium Award Programme “A Can of Madness” was immediately recognised as a ground breaking text and compared favourably to Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Prozac Nation and Kay Redfield Jamieson’s An Unquiet Mind. It also became an underground text symptomatic of challenging the ecstasy generation about its own “mental illness” and continues to spread its influence literary and mental health fields.
In October 2002 Chipmunkapublishing launched its second author Dolly Sen who was inspired to write her autobiography The World Is Full of Laughter after reading A Can of Madness.
Jason Pegler knows from the frequent letters, emails and phone calls he and other Chipmunkapublishing authors have received that their mental health publishing is making a positive impact in society