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The Last Taboo: A Survival Guide to Mental Health Care in Canada

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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 care-giver and supporters 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.

• In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience symptoms of mental disorder

The Last Taboo provides sympathetic advice and practical information on: the causes of mental disorder/mood disorders, including depression and bipolar affective disorder / anxiety disorders / substance abuse / eating disorders / personality disorders / schizophrenia / where to go for help / giving help / medication / psychotherapy / alternative medicine / stigma / suicide

• Includes Appendix, Glossary, Useful Books, and Useful Websites

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About the Author

Julia Nunes has worked in journalism for 14 years, as an arts reporter for the Globe and Mail, a news reporter and writer/editor for CBC Television, and as a radio producer and reporter.

Scott Simmie is a feature writer for the Toronto Star with more than 20 years experience as a journalist in radio, print, and television. He co-authored the critically acclaimed book Tiananmen Square, and his research on mental health resulted in the award-winning Toronto Star series “Out of Mind” (October 1998).

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780771080630
Author:
Simmie, Scott
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart
Author:
Nunes, Julia
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Mental health services
Subject:
Maladies mentales
Subject:
Santâe mentale, Services de
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
23
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 1 lb

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