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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Review Mental Illness and Your Town by Larry Hayes


Mental Illness and Your Town by Larry Hayes:

I hate labels. Labeling people stereotypes them into a box that is nearly impossible to get out of. At the same time, a label is often necessary so that someone with mental illness can get the help they need. This book by Larry Hayes called "Mental Illness and Your Town" is a really great tool to use to motivate communities to help and/or heal those who are suffering from things as simple as post-partum depression to things as complex as bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. There is mental illness within my own family and I've personally faced many of the stigmas that this book details. I found many ideas that people can easily use to make a huge difference in their community.
How's your mental health? Many people tend to brush aside their symptoms and ignore them for a long time. In order to be the best wife, parent, and friend that you can be, your own mental health needs to be in a good place. Did you know there are services that are free of charge and on a sliding-fee scale to help families address things like depression, anxiety, and fears? Sometimes all it takes is a single phone call to help a person begin to heal.

I found some online quizzes you can use to help you get a clearer picture of your own mental health. If any of your answers concern you, please reach out to someone for help. If nothing else, let your doctor know if you find you're feeling out of sorts and ask his advice for resources. There is no shame in wanting to be a better, happier, healthier person! Mental Health Assessments offers nine different quizzes.

I highly recommend reading "Mental Illness and Your Town" by Larry Hayes! If you want to make a difference, this book offers an excellent blueprint to helping those right there where you live. There are lots of personal stories in the book that really hit home. You can find the author's website HERE and you can find an audio interview with Larry Hayes HERE.
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

8 comments:

  1. It is a shame that mental illness carries such a stigma.

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  2. Hi Sharon - Thanks so much for linking up with the Welcome Wednesday hop!

    Best,
    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

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  3. This book is really best for although persons who are not mentally prepared and grabbed into stress.

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  4. Great post! Great review! Excellent!

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  6. this part of your review: "How's your mental health? Many people tend to brush aside their symptoms and ignore them for a long time. In order to be the best wife, parent, and friend that you can be, your own mental health needs to be in a good place "
    Really touched heart, I think most people go through some case of depression or anxiety with life troubles and we all tend to brush them off and it accumulates until it finally explodes. I loved your review hope the book is as good as you make it out to be. Where is it sold?

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  7. Thankyou all for you comments. The book is currently available from Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/193269076X/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=weidknechtblo-20&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=193269076X&adid=0VW3TQ2M3QJHDDQ92HXP&

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  8. Thanks for the great review and kind words on behalf of Larry Hayes and myself. I can really see where the reviewer took the time to reflect on how the issues in "Mental Illness and Your Town" can hit home in their own life. Believe me, we could not ask for better than that!

    Regards
    Victor R. Volkman and
    Larry Hayes

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Always lovely to hear your comments xx

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