Rough Guide travel writer Tim Salmon’s frank, outspoken account of parenting a paranoid schizophrenic boy and his battles with the care services and mental health charities is published as Schizophrenia Awareness Week approaches (11th – 17th Nov) and The Department of Health and Ministry of Justice announce plans to launch a review of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice.
Whilst Salmon pays tribute to his friend the artist: ‘A very courageous man who has kept up his work as a painter and sculptor while himself battling for many years against the difficulties and distress caused by schizophrenia’, he doesn’t hold back on his criticisms of the care services. ‘A pretty shameful record of incompetence, buck-passing and lack of communication and co-ordination’, and doesn’t spare the mental health charities either: ‘for in their devotion to the sloppy, evasive language of political correctness, they have dangerously underplayed the seriousness of real mental illness like schizophrenia’.
‘Impressive, moving, disturbing.’ Salley Vickers, author of Miss Garnet’s Angel, The Other Side of You, The Cleaner of Chartres
Tim dedicates the book ‘to all those who find themselves in the same boat, both sufferers and relatives. Once this bizarre illness strikes, they all find themselves thrown into a chaotic situation that is always bewildering and often as downright terrifying as it is heartbreaking.’
Londoner Tim is a passionate and articulate writer and speaker on the subject of mental health. He has written for many national newspapers and magazines and has appeared on Radio 4’s All In The Mind talking about his experiences of schizophrenia.
‘I would recommend this book for care coordinators and those interested in more responsive and engaged services.’ Leonard Fagin Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London, and Consultant Psychiatrist, The Psychiatrist
‘The writing of this stark, tragic story is possibly the best non-fiction I have ever read… a piercing look into darkest shadows not often explored with such intensity, scrutiny, and love.’ Amazon US Reviewer Aug 2013
‘A thought-provoking & brutally honest personal account of a father’s struggle through the development of his son, Jeremy’s, paranoid schizophrenia. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it very difficult to put down.’ Declan Hyland, Royal Coll of Psychiatry Student Associate Newsletter
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Art and Mental Illness
Publication Date: August 2013
Kindle ASIN: B00E9YALTI
Paperback ISBN:13:978-1491217085 ISBN-10 1491217081
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography; Medical
Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books London
CONTACT: Editor, Stephanie Zia
PHONE: (UK) 07816 491189