Mental Illness and Your Town: 37 Ways for Communities to Help and Heal - Price: $18.95
by Larry Hayes, ISBN: 978-1-932690-76-7
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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 who’ve 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.
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For more than a quarter century, Larry Hayes served as the editorial page editor of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. His new book “Mental Illness and Your Town” demonstrates why he has won more than fifty state and national awards for editorials and columns. In 1986, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in recognition of his editorials challenging his city to desegregate its schools. Through editorials and personal urging, Hayes was instrumental in Indiana’s victorious fight to win parity 160 Mental Illness and Your Town of health insurance for persons with a mental illness. He introduced the Crisis Intervention Team to the city to help police better respond to a mental health crisis. He won support for the creation of the Suicide Prevention Council, and a county-wide Mental Health Coordinating Council. He played a key role in building public support for the Carriage House, a highly acclaimed rehabilitation center. He successfully lobbied Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne to create the Institute for Behavior Studies, one of the first such programs in the country.
Hayes retired in 2000 to write books, starting with his memoir “Monday I’ll Save the World,” published in 2004. He serves on numerous boards and committees, living in Fort Wayne with his wife, Dr. Toni Kring, a retired educator. He has two children, Robyn, a Spanish teacher and mother to two teenage girls, and John, an advocate for the mentally ill who suffers from bipolar disorder.
Book Review :
Larry Hayes has finally taken mental illness out of the closet and set a blueprint into place that will help millions of families and individuals with mental illness get the help they need. From his own experiences, Mr. Hayes shares ways in which each of us can reduce the stigma of having a mental illness with excellent examples and ideas of how to set up programs/services to help regain dignity.
As Mr. Hayes states, throughout history treatment of, and regard for individuals with mental illness, has changed dramatically. The problem is that many do not understand mental illness and many professionals, including medical staff, do not care to know. With today's medical and psychology businesses it is about herding people through the system as fast as they can. The problem is, with some types of mental illness you can't do that. Some individuals need long-term therapy, medication and community support.
Each chapter is filled with examples of how our mentally ill are getting passed over, and what individuals and professionals can do to help--even from the smallest event, learn to know what resources are in your town--to writing grants and getting the government to provide more funding. There are many ideas given in each chapter on what you or I can do. Mr. Hayes has given excellent information on mental illness and enlightened everyone. He does it in a compassionate and sincere way. Reading this book, which I think is a must for everyone, it should spark a fire in you -- after all, one day it could be you or someone you love.
As a Psychology and Nursing instructor at two colleges, "Mental Illness and Your Town" by Larry Hayes is a must read and have for all my students.
(Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views)