"Not Okay? Okay" is not your typical self-help book.
It purposely uses three different streams to become a synchronist flow of information in short, digestible chunks.
Author Sheridan Taylor knows from personal experience that this is the way to connect with those who struggle with mental illness.
"When you're lost in mental illness, it's almost impossible to concentrate. Your memory is shot to hell, you can't focus, so to try and read a book on mental health and well-being is impossible."
He says he knows what it's like to sit down to attempt to read a book and get stuck reading the same sentence over and over again until you throw the book across the room in a rage.
"It's written by a man who was mentally ill for others who were mentally ill. It's short, it's easily digestible, and it ties back in. Everything builds on itself and reconnects with its constant reinforcement."
A combat veteran of 17 years, former corrections officer, and suicide survivor, Taylor chronicles his roadmap back from the darkest depths of despair and shares the process and triumph of fighting his way through his lifetime struggle with mental illness.
He struggled with internal arguments over whether or not to kill himself. His first son was born in 2016, and his biggest fear was his son would turn into him, and he debated whether or not to commit suicide for two years.
"I was so lost in PTSD, grief, my first wife had died through suicide, and I had never dealt with that, depression, anxiety... I had all it, and was losing the battle."
"And depending on the day or the time day, one voice was louder than the other one, or its argument made more sense than the other one. But, finally, the argument that made the most sense was that if I killed myself, I'd never see my son again, and I couldn't stand the idea."
He went to Plan B; to seek help and do it the hard way.
Taylor says when struggling with mental illness you convince yourself you're all alone in the world. He says that's far from the truth.
"When we get stuck in that place of darkness and loneliness, mental illness in all its forms first seeks to isolate us, make us pull away from everyone, and tell us they're leaving us because we don't deserve them.
"Even if we're lost as we possibly could be and think we're all alone in the world, we never really are. If anybody reading my book takes anything away from what I've said or written, it's that we're never really alone, no matter how alone we feel. Everyone that loved you before, loves you now, and people you don't even know are there for you."
The book is better defined as being organized as a collection rather than in chapters.
"Some of them are just social media posts that I created as I was going through my insanity and my struggle back to sanity. So, they're posts that I put out there for others to read and try to get rid of the stigma as best I could."
Others are actually letters and emails he has written to people that involve psychological theories on how to heal ourselves using plain terms.
"There's a lot of swearing, very plain-spoken, very honest, and it's right from the heart."
"And some of them are emails I was writing for my sons to read when they're old enough to understand. They're four and six now, but there are emails in there that I wrote to them to help them to understand what it means to be an adult in this world and how to avoid following my paths down the road of insanity."
He admits, even while doing this interview for the book, currently Amazon's #1 bestseller in coping with suicide grief, he's breaking out in an anxiety sweat.
"I can't stand the positive attention, it drives me crazy. Yell at me, curse at me, I understand that. Then I realized at one point over a dozen people were alive because of something I had said, or written to them, and showed them how to save themselves. I've never saved a single human being, but I've shown a lot of people how to save themselves."
He hopes it can help thousands more.