Covid cancels Wyoming book tour but doesn’t stop author from raising funds for suicide prevention

Author of 'Mrs. Dubose's Last Wish', Thomas Fellows
Author of 'Mrs. Dubose's Last Wish', Thomas Fellows(Mia Johnson)
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 2:27 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Texas author, Thomas Fellows, is advocating for those struggling with depression. His Cheyenne book signing was canceled due to Covid, but that hasn’t slowed him down.

“Mrs. Dubose’s Last Wish” talks about facing suffering, mirroring themes similar to what Fellows has incorporated in past books, such as “Forget Self-Help” and “He Spoke with Authority”, and said suffering is an important theme in overcoming obstacles that often accompany mental illness.

“There is so much stigma, negative stigma, with mental illness and with a lot of people, it is tough to see, because with mental illness, you don’t necessarily see it, like with a physical illness, so you can’t necessarily see what is going on with that person,” said Fellows.

Fellows said his book was inspired by other books and music that have made an impact in his life, and said his mentor, CEO of ServiceNow, Bill McDermott, played a large role in the success of the book.

As someone who has overcome the challenges of suicidal thoughts and mental illness, Fellows said it is important to him to make a difference.

“Because I have Bipolar disorder, I have enhanced creativity, so I can make simile-disparate connections that the average human can’t make so that is what makes the books so fun to read.”

The themes of “Mrs. Dubose’s Last Wish” reflect Fellows’ personal journey. Fellows said he has developed strength and significant personal growth through his struggle with depression, and has learned that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Fellows said dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts is no small feat, and those experiences have taught him empathy.

The proceeds from the book go toward the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Fellows has used NAMI as a resource in his journey to promote suicide prevention awareness.

“They have suicide walks, I participated in one with my fraternity in Birmingham, it is a great organization,” said Fellows.

Fellows book, “Mrs. Dubose’s Last Wish” is available for purchase here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can call 800-273-8255 or visit The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to find resources.

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