The Last Taboo: A Survival Guide to Mental Health Care in Canada
|At any given time, three million Canadians are living with some
kind of mental illness. But despite its prevalence, the public and even some
health practitioners are badly misinformed about its causes and treatment.
|This book is an essential road map to hope and recovery. It tells the reader where to get help and what pitfalls to avoid. It defines the most common forms of mental illness, discusses the advantages and drawbacks of medication, and tackles the ultimate taboo of suicide. It offers coping strategies for consumers, family members, friends, and employers, and demonstrates how they can all contribute to the recovery of a person with a mental illness. Medication and psychotherapy only go so far - housing, meaningful activity, and friendships are as crucial to recovery as any drug.|
|In The Last Taboo, Scott Simmie recounts his own battle with
a serious mental disorder, and his partner, Julia Nunes, provides a caregiver
and supporter's perspective on living with a mentally ill loved one. Throughout
they include the real stories of other Canadians, who give their own
perspectives on the successes and failures of the health care system.
"The best and most practical book ever written about mental illness and mental health in Canada. . . . Will do more than any previous publication to break down the fear and stigma surrounding people with psychiatric disabilities." - Canadian Mental Health Association
"The Last Taboo is a 'must read' for anyone interested or involved in issues of mental illness and mental health." - Phil Upshall, Director, National Affairs, Mood Disorders Association of CanadaWritten by Scott Simmie and Julia Nunes. Published by McClelland Stewart Ltd., 2001.
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