Taking the Cape Off: How to Lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss

Taking the Cape Off: How to Lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss

by Patrick J Kenny
Taking the Cape Off: How to Lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss

Taking the Cape Off: How to Lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss

by Patrick J Kenny

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Overview

A Personal Guide on How to Lead through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief, and Loss

Taking the Cape Off shares Fire Chief Pat Kenny's journey to overcome his perceived failure as a leader in his most cherished duty, that of being a protector. His "Cape" failed to protect his 20-year-old son Sean from dying by suicide after a lifelong battle with mental illness. His anguish was complicated by his role as the leader of a fire department.

This is not a story of darkness but rather one of hope as he reveals the path he took to move forward with his life and return to a leadership role. In this book, he will share:

  • How you as a leader can address the stigma attached to mental illness in the workplace, at home, or with friends, utilizing professional resources and relying on your faith.
  • How you can develop the leadership communication skills necessary to help you both personally and professionally when faced with any health crisis.
  • How to foster a continuing, loving relationship with your deceased loved one's memory by acknowledging the signs you receive from the hereafter.
  • This comprehensive handbook is for leaders in any profession, for grief-stricken parents, and for anyone who struggles with the stigma of mental health. You will receive insight and guidance from the author's personal experiences to help you understand and embrace the limitations of your leadership-your Cape-so that you can serve those suffering from mental illness, enhance your leadership, and enrich your life.


    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781733338578
    Publisher: Global Wellness Media
    Publication date: 01/20/2021
    Pages: 344
    Sales rank: 546,762
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

    About the Author

    PATRICK J. KENNY has been a member of the fire service for 38 years, a chief officer for over 20 years, and currently serves as the Fire Chief in Western Springs, Illinois. A popular speaker, he has presented throughout the US and in multiple countries on Mayday for Mental Health for more than a decade. He has written articles on mental health, leadership, fire safety, and fire code challenges. In 2004, he was awarded Fire Chief of the Year by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, and in 2020, he was awarded the George D. Post Instructor of the Year by the Fire Engineering/International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).

    Table of Contents

    PRAISE FOR TAKING THE CAPE OFF

    DISCLAIMER

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    DEDICATION

    INTRODUCTION

    ADDITIONAL MATERIALS & RESOURCES

    Part 1 DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

    Chapter 1: I Wanted to Die

    Chapter 2: Child Diagnosis of Depression

    Chapter 3: Teen Years and Mental Illness

    Chapter 4: Coming Out of a Coma

    Chapter 5: Exhausting All Options

    Chapter 6: How to Parent a Child with Mental Health Issues

    Chapter 7: Parent Survival Tips

    Chapter 8: Mental Health Myths

    Chapter 9: Mental Illness Isn't a Choice

    Part 2 SUICIDE, GRIEF, AND LOSS

    Chapter 10: Burying a Child

    Chapter 11: Honor Your Loved One

    Chapter 12: The Loss of a Spouse

    Chapter 13: Talking to Surviving Children about Death and Grief

    Chapter 14: Managing Social Relationships

    Chapter 15: Lessons Learned from Suicide, Grief, and Loss

    Chapter 16: The Power of Professional Help

    Part 3 LEADING WITHOUT A CAPE

    Chapter 17: Experiencing Grief and Loss as a Leader

    Chapter 18: The Superman Syndrome

    Chapter 19: The Cape Can Choke You

    Chapter 20: War Veterans and PTSD

    Chapter 21: When the Cape Fails

    Chapter 22: Mental Health Myth Busters for Leaders

    Chapter 23: Leadership and Spotting Signs of Mental Health Issues

    Chapter 24: The Question to Ask and What to Do

    Chapter 25: It's Not About You

    Chapter 26: Why People Die by Suicide

    Chapter 27: Listening and Leadership

    Chapter 28: Leadership Lessons

    Chapter 29: Mental Illness Is a Physical Illness

    Chapter 30: Proactively Find Resources

    Chapter 31: Leading During a Crisis

    Part 4 "SIGNS" AND FEELING THE PRESENCE OF THE DECEASED

    Chapter 32: Passed Loved Ones and My Signs from Beyond

    Chapter 33: Other People's Stories and Signs

    Chapter 34: Talking to Passed Loved Ones

    Part 5 MOVING FORWARD

    Chapter 35: Moving Forward as a Couple

    Chapter 36: Moving Forward after Loss of a Spouse

    Chapter 37: Dealing with Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Other Holidays

    Chapter 38: Sean's Team

    Chapter 39: Own the Story

    Chapter 40: Stand Up and Be the Best!

    CONCLUSION

    RESOURCES

    NOTES

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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