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A Straight Talking Introduction to Caring for Someone with Mental Health Problems
Jen Kilyon and Theresa Smith (Eds)
PCCS Books / Softcover / 2009-06-01 / 1906254184
Consumer/Survivor / Short and Sweet
price: $20.99 (may be subject to change)
134 pages
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A pocket sized, good value series of succinct, thought provoking introductions ideal for students in all mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health. The authors are acknowledged leaders in their respective specialist fields with reputations for clear thinking, realistic, compassionate approaches and straight talking.

Rather than accept that solutions to mental health problems are owned by the medical professions, these books look at alternatives and provide information so that the users of psychiatric services, their families and carers can make more decisions about their own lives. Becoming more active in mental health issues requires knowledge — this series of books is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about mental health problems. These books also introduce ways of working collaboratively with doctors, psychiatrists and counsellors.

Although much recent media attention has been given to being a carer, little of it concerns the particular challenges of caring for someone with mental health problems. This book tells how family and friends of people with complex mental health needs frequently have to battle for, and often with, mental health services, whilst they themselves can be stigmatised. Jen Kilyon and Theresa Smith help carers tell their stories. Although some of these stories end with a positive outcome and others tell of continuing battles, all demonstrate that it is frequently the carers alone who keep hope for recovery alive. The book includes things they found most helpful in their struggles.

Reviews and Endorsements:

This book is an urgent wake-up call to all connected with mental health services. The comprehensive introduction shows understanding of the difficulties faced by both sufferers and carers, and signals the editors' hope for a better service. Jenny Bloomer MBACP (Accred), Counsellor/Psychoterapist in independent practice. Therapy Today, November 2009.

I would recommend this book as essential reading to all families at some stage in their caring experience. Ann Clark, parent of a son with complex mental health problems. ISPS UK Newsletter, Winter 2010.



1 Introduction

2 Institutionalised Madness Liz Swannack

3 Loving Christian Georgina Wakefield

4 Tales of Neglect and Abuse Morgan Winterburn

5 Memories, Medication and Meaning in Manufacturing Madness Marion Hughes

6 More Questions Than Answers Anne Fraser

7 Conclusion

Appendix 1 Helpful learning and information

Appendix 2 Resources

About the Editors:

Jen Kilyon followed a career in education with involvement as a family member in the mental health system. She now works as a trainer and consultant with organisations such as the Department of Health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Mental Health Trusts and Higher Education Institutions.

Theresa Smith worked in education and health for 25 years, and currently works in a variety of mental health settings, with service users and carers, as well as training mental health workers. She has contributed to local and national research programmes for mental health service improvement, and is co-founder of the Shoestring Theatre Company.

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