Author(s): Julie Leibrich
The life stories in this book are by people who, at some point in their lives, have been diagnosed with a mental illness which they have learned to deal with. They have found the courage to speak publicly about their experience in a world which is still prejudiced against people with mental illness. The book is a source of inspiration for anyone with mental illness and their family and friends, a unique teaching tool for people working in the mental health area, and a way of opening doors on mental illness and letting in some light, for us all. Stories from Toby Adams, John, Susan Butler, Denise, Susie Crooks, Pat Cumming, Lynda Delamore, Graham Johnson, Julie Leibrich, Willie Lyden, Kathryn McNeil, Robert Miller, Mary O'Hagan, Sarah Pokoati, Patte Randal, Vince Reidy, Jonathan Rodgers, Alasdair Russell, Terry Stewart, Susan Tawhai, and Tessa Thompson.
Introduction; It's a privilege, not a disability; I just think it's about being real; We are all from the same planet; Looking for my self; I've got a family who cares enough; It's playtime now; It's all about managing my life; Control the illness, don't let it control you; I have to be honest with me; I've come a long way; A search for spirituality; It's part of who I am; Other people share these experiences; Now the time is right; Learn the maximum amount; I gradually found a place in the world; Loving relationship is at the root of recovery; It's like a journey into light; I joined the real world; You have to protect your affect; Discovering the life you want; Gathering and Presenting the Stories; Some Words of Thanks.