4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn't put it down..., May 12 2010
I work in the mental health care system that Molly and her family travelled through. Once I started to read the manuscript, I could not put it down. I found it to be a very courageous and very personal account of one family's experience with the emergence of serious mental illness in a beloved family member.
Inman outlines their struggles with an underdeveloped and fragmented health care system, where a comprehensive and well-organized continuum of support through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from mental illness is not yet available. Her sense of vulnerability and frustration were palpable through the chronological account of the unexpected challenges they encountered. Yet we also saw the incredible strength of family bonds that held close and nurtured the individual family members as they tried to find the help they so desperately wanted and needed. Where help was not available, they created it. They connected with others in similar situations and constructed a new system of support for themselves and for those who would come after them. Inman, and others like her, having found themselves in desperate circumstances, used their strengths, skills, creativity, and sheer determination to effect change in the system from the outside. She has continued to be part of a movement
that is working collaboratively with consumers, policy makers and health care providers to design a better mental health care system.
A tragedy and a love story with a beautiful ending of hope and inspiration for a new and different future.
Dr. Anne Howson, PhD
Vancouver Coastal Health