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: Patrick J. Kenny
Publication date: 01/20/2021
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 440,200
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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