Book written by woman, 21, who took her life on Dundee Law to be published

Sophie took her own life last year. A book she wrote has been published.

A book written by a young woman who took her own life on Dundee Law has been published posthumously.

Sophie Reilly, aged 21, was found dead on August 1 last year — the same day that the police had appealed for information after she was reported missing.

The former Abertay student had been in the care of the Carseview Centre in the six weeks leading up to her death.

Now a book, Tigerish Waters, which is a collection of her writings, has been published with all profits set to be donated to the Scottish Association of Mental Health.

Sophie’s brother Samuel, who edited the book, said he was keen to share her work with a wider audience in a bid to help other families dealing with a relative who has a mental illness.

It has also been launched to highlight Sophie’s emerging literary talent.

He said it included prose, poetry and drama which she had written over the years. Samuel said: “Tigerish Waters is both a celebration of her creative energies and a record of their destructive bent.

“We hope it reveals Sophie as she was and encourages her readers to reflect on the mental illnesses she suffered and which continue to afflict so many young people today.

“This poignant and strangely uplifting document of her life and thoughts is encapsulated in her rallying cry — ‘We are people, not diagnoses’.”

One extract from the book reads: “When I was admitted to hospital with psychosis, it was the most terrifying thing in the world.

“I thought I was the antichrist and possessed by the spirit of Anne Frank; the nurses were SS officers and they were trying to send me to the gas chambers. It took eight of them to restrain me. I heard voices chanting in German and the screeches of people being burnt. I could smell burning, and felt slimy hands touching me like seaweed.

“We are here, we’re crazy, get over it.”