Mental Illness and Your Town: 37 Ways for Communities to Help and Heal

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Loving Healing Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Social Science - 163 pages
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A Blueprint for Community Action From Award-Winning Journalist Larry Hayes
Written with authority and compassion, this is the book that rescues mental illness from the shadows and takes the disability into the community.
Learn how each person can play a role to help those who so often suffer alone. Hear the stories of the people whove found how to triumph over this disability. Discover how everyone can work together to create a treatment revolution that enriches and saves lives. Let this guide open your heart and mind to be inspired and challenged to do the work ahead.
A Book that will Change Your Community!
"Larry Hayes provides families with a real self-help manual that is personal and compassionate, yet practical and hands-on. It is long overdue and can only come from someone who has been there--in the trenches. Larry certainly has."
--Stephen C. McCaffrey, President, Mental Health America of Indiana
"With a father's wit and a reporter's well-honed writing skills, Larry Hayes uses his family's story to offer practical suggestions about how communities can help persons with mental illnesses recover and thrive. This is a wonderful blueprint that spells out ways to change lives and help persons seldom seen or heard."
--Pete Earley, author, "CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness"
"Larry Hayes demonstrates in this book a very rare gift that he has, the ability to reduce complex social problems to simple terms. In addition, he fills the book with practical solutions and ways to reduce the somet-imes debilitating effects of mental illness."
--James C. Howell, Ph.D., juvenile justice researcher

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User Review  - wtshehan - LibraryThing

I tried to read this book on a few occasions and never made it through. I have experience with mental illness due to my mother being in and out of institutions and this book all but ignores what ... Read full review

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User Review  - JFBallenger - LibraryThing

This book is based on the author’s personal experience with mental illness and his decades of experience as a journalist and advocate writing about mental health issues. It is written with admirable ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Larry Hayes is the father of seven and grandfather of 5 children, who has always loved to read to his children. This gave him the inspiration to some day write a book for each of them. The concept to focus on the first letter of their names was born in 1998, after the birth of his twins, Nathanael and Gabriel. Since then, Larry has authored and published four books in the series which will cover the entire alphabet when the project is completed.

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