|Posted by symackay on March 8, 2010 at 1:08 PM|
I have an acquaintance, Susan Inman, who wrote "After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity." This book is not long but it offers inspiration and insights into mental illness and how families cope. Her experiences shed light on the difficulties, but also the heroic efforts and hope she and her family displayed. Susan has made a large impact on other families who have suffered a similar fate.
I went to her book launch on Saturday and was amazed at the turnout. The vendor sold out of copies quite early. People were excited about this book like myself. There were speeches and accolades from prominent figures and then Susan gave a reading of a passage of her book.
I was impressed by the international recommendations on the cover and inside of her book, including a quote from E. Fuller Torrey and an introduction by Sen. Michael Kirby, the Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
There is a growing awareness of mental illness around the world - not as something to be feared but as a recognition of people among us like Susan and her daughter who have experienced trials and tribulations but walked back out of the ring of fire.