Sam Delaney

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Sam Delaney is an experienced author, journalist and broadcaster with a special interest in men’s mental health.

His most recent book, Sort Your Head Out – Mental Health Without All The Bollocks, became an Amazon bestseller in 2023 and received critical plaudits from the likes of Irvine Welsh, John Niven and Seth Meyers.

He has qualified at Level 2 in counselling skills and is an ambassador for the mental health charity, CALM.

Sam’s writing has appeared across the national press for many years, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Mirror and many more.

As a broadcaster, he has fronted documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 and hosted over 1000 hours of live national radio across the BBC, talkSPORT and talkRadio.

In a past life, he was a lad mag writer and, from 2009-2011, was the editor-in-chief of Heat magazine. He later became editor in chief of Comedy Central UK.

His other books include Get Smashed – The Story Of The Men Who Made The Ads That Saved Our Lives (Sceptre, 2007) and Mad Men And Bad Men – What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising (Faber, 2015).

He lives in London with his wife and two children.


Sort Your Head Out – Mental Health Without All The Bollocks

Sam Delaney

Sam Delaney was Jack the Lad. He was confident, loud and funny; an absolute legend, to be honest. Or at least that was what he pretended to be.

But when he reached his thirties, work, relationships and fatherhood started to take their toll. Like so many blokes who seemed to be totally fine, he often felt like a complete failure whose life was out of control; anxiety and depression had secretly plagued him for years. Turning to drink and drugs only made things worse. Sam knew he needed help – the problem was that he thought self-help was for hippies, sobriety was for weirdos and therapy was for neurotics.

Keeping it all inside was what nearly dragged Sam under. Then he began to open up and share his story with others. Soon his life started to get better and better. Now, he’s written this book to help you do the same.

Covering his complex upbringing, fast paced career, struggles with addiction and recovery, and detailing lessons he’s learnt along the way, Sort Your Head Out is Sam’s startlingly raw, compassionate and hilarious account of why opening up is the first step to sorting your head out.

An honest, funny account of how we’re all capable of changing for the better

— Seth Myers 

A fantastic book and a force for good

— Ruth Jones

A great, motivating book that can really help – every bloke should read it

— Shaun Ryder

This book will save lives

— Irvine Welsh

A brave, vital and necessary book

— John Niven

Brutally honest and very funny

— Christian O'Connell

Funny, wise and valuable

— Danny Wallace