For Mental Health Month - Memoirs Help with Understanding The Impact

What is it like to have a family member, child, parent, or the person themselves suffer with a debilitating serious mental illness. Challenges, Obstacles, Success and Failure explained by those directly impacted.
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DUNDAS, Ontario - May 6, 2015 - PRLog -- Many of us during  May, Mental Health Month, show  solidarity and concern for those who suffer from mental illnesses and their families. But, no matter how empathetic we are, there is no way that we can fully appreciate what they go through. Memoirs, however, may help and Bridgeross does have a number of highly recommended books and videos that explore these illnesses from vaious perspectives.

Living With A Family Member

Shot in the Head A Sister's Memoir, A Brother's Struggle by Katherine Flannery Dering explores the impact on a large Irish American family of 10 siblings when one has treatment resistent schizophrenia. The book has been called powerful and emotional, is an Indie Book of the Day winner and has 4.8 out of 5 stars from 20 ratings on Amazon.

Living With A Spouse

Unfaithful Mind by Marion Gibson chronicles what it is like to have a husband develop late onset schizophrenia. called it "heartbreaking, beautiful, and everything all at once" A five star review on Amazon called the book An excellent inspiring read!

A Mother With Schizophrenia

Love's All That Makes Sense A Mother Daughter Memoir by Sakeenah and Anika Francis explores the problems of growing up with a mother with schizophrenia both from the daughter's and the mother's experience. Atlanta psychiatrist, Sarah Vinson said "This book will provide validation and inspiration for families who face similar struggles, as well as provide mental health care providers with perspectives that can inform care."

People with Schizophrenia

When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey With Schizophrenia by Erin L. Hawkes MSc The true story of a young woman studying neuroscience who, in her final undergraduate year, has a psychotic break, attempts suicide and ends up in hospital. Her struggles to get well and to pursue her PhD are described in this book.4.5 stars out of 5 on 17 reviews on Amazon - "Fantastic very scientific and honest gripping could actually see the scenes playing out" 5 stars

What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizo-affective Disorder By Carolyn Dobbins PhD "powerful and revealing, and provides a unique insight into chronic mental disease" Dr. Thomas G Burish, a professor of psychology and Provost of Notre Dame. 5 out of 5 stars on 12 reviews on Amazon

My Schizophrenic Life: The Road To Recovery From Mental Illness By Sandra Yuen MacKay LIBRARY JOURNAL: "remarkably compelling.....will hold readers captive.....provides a surprisingly gripping narrative" 4.9 out of 5 stars on 7 reviews on Amazon Inspirational

Mother of a Child

After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recovery Her Sanity By Susan Inman - Recommended by NAMI in the US, EUFAMI in Europe and The Mood Disorders Society of Canada. "Highly  recommended" E. Fuller Torrey, MD author of Surviving Schizophrenia 4.1 out of 5 Stars in 8 reviews on Amazon Beautifully And Honestly Written To Help Others 5 stars


Schizophrenia in Focus - A 54 minute documentary created by psychiatrist and filmmaker David Laing Dawson. Dawson has been investigating schizophrenia for over 30 years as a psychiatrist, scientist, as well as a writer and filmmaker. Using excerpts from his previous writings and films, dramatizations and first person accounts, as well as an interview with Dr Richard O'Reilly, a professor of psychiatry at the University of  Western Ontario, the film explores the nature of this disease.

The Brush the Pen and Recovery A documentary of the Cottage Studio in Hamilton Ontario, Canada. The studio has been operating at St Paul's Presbyterian church in downtown Hamilton as a place where those with serious mental illnesses can go to pursue art.

Books are distributed by Ingram and are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo and other retailers. E-book versions are also available in kindle, kobo, nook, and from the Apple I-book store.

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