Beyond Crazy: Journeys Through Mental Illness

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In any Given Year an astonishing one in five Canadians experience symptoms of mental illness. If it doesn't affect us directly, it certainly affects someone we know. So why is it so frightening? Why do we still have such a long way to go towards understanding and acceptance? Because people are unwilling to talk. Beyond Crazy takes us beyond the barriers of fear and stigma to meet real Canadians from all walks of life who live with or have encountered mental illness and are not afraid to speak out. Using the most ...
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Overview

In any Given Year an astonishing one in five Canadians experience symptoms of mental illness. If it doesn't affect us directly, it certainly affects someone we know. So why is it so frightening? Why do we still have such a long way to go towards understanding and acceptance? Because people are unwilling to talk. Beyond Crazy takes us beyond the barriers of fear and stigma to meet real Canadians from all walks of life who live with or have encountered mental illness and are not afraid to speak out. Using the most honest and compelling language -- and often a good dose of humour -- brave celebrities and unsung heroes tell it like it is. Frequently moving and occasionally shocking, their stories all contain a message of hope and encouragement and point the way to recovery. For the reader who has never experienced symptoms of mental illness, this collection provides a fascinating glimpse into other states of mind. The stories reveal what it is like to journey to the edge of the abyss and back, to suffer psychosis or deep depression, a misdiagnosis, a life-threatening eating disorder, the suicide of a loved one. And they tell of hope recovered, of finding the road back to wellness, of families made stronger than ever. By sharing their experiences, the people in this book make it easier for those who follow, easier for all of us to get past the fear, to move beyond crazy.
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“Gripping.…This book deserves to have the effect on the mental health field that Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle had on the meat-packing industry.…The best thing about Beyond Crazy is that, speaking of mental health, it is compulsively readable.…It is rare to find a book that is so informative and moving.”
–Catherine Gildiner, Globe and Mail

Beyond Crazy goes beyond therories and treatments into the world of human experience. These compelling and personal stories propel the reader into the phenomenon of mental disorder, show how it has transformed the lives of ordinary and celebrated Canadians, and teach us not to lose sight of the person who is suffering. It is a terrific book.”
–David S. Goldbloom, MD, FRCPC, Physician-in-Chief, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Beyond Crazy is a unique book that lives up to its title. Through powerful stories of Canadians from all walks of life, it demonstrates how it is possible to get past the stigma and the labels and move forward. This book is an important source of inspiration and hope.”
–Canadian Mental Health Association

“Readers will meet close to 40 courageous mental illness survivors who wanted to tell their stories. That they do so with such complete candour makes the book…a powerful message to the health care establishment, lawmakers, the media, and to ordinaty people. The common thread through these extraordinary accounts is that people with mental illnesses want and need to be heard.…The stories cover the gamut of ages, occupations, and backgrounds. Some impress because of the bravery dispalyed.…Others are wrenchingly sad.”
–Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“If you need proof that mental disorders touch every single corner of the country, you’ll find it in Beyond Crazy.”
Chatelaine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771080685
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Nunes has worked in journalism for 14 years, as an arts reporter for the Globe and Mail, a news reporter and writer/editor for CBC Television, and as a radio producer and reporter.

Scott Simmie is a feature writer for the Toronto Star with more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist in radio, print, and television. He co-authored the critically acclaimed book Tiananmen Square, and his research on mental health resulted in the award-winning Toronto Star series “Out of Mind” (October 1998).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Who's Affected 5
Elizabeth Manley
David Reville
Patricia Van Tighem
Michael Wilson
Katherine Best
Edmond Yu
Chapter 2 What It Feels Like 64
Andrea Woodside
Kim Honey
Lynda Wong
Diane F.
Reverend Isabella Ross
Jane Lowry
Karen Bond
Sue Goodwin
Chapter 3 Where the Heart Is 108
Scott Thompson
Eufemia F.
Heather Riley
Tom Morris
Ronnie and Wanda Hawkins
Tara and Terry-Lee Marttinen
Chapter 4 Why It Happens 158
Carling Bassett-Seguso
Allan Strong
Donna Morrissey
Rod Albrecht
Colleen McDonagh
Andy Barrie
Sandy Naiman
Chapter 5 When (And How) People Move On 211
Derek Wilken and Melanie Grace (The Cheers Project)
Rona Maynard
Sarah Hamid
Margot Kidder
Leslie Cote
Ian Chovil
Joan Hay
Dr. Graeme Cunningham
Barb and Darryl Haley
A Call to Arms 283
A Call to Arms: Part Two 290
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