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Hope for Troubled Minds: Tributes to People with Brain Illnesses and Their Loved Ones e-book  is available now!

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October, 2023 Press Release

A book project five years in the making will be released on Amazon in the ebook version November 1. Over 100 letters, poems, and stories by those with brain illnesses (such as schizophrenia, bipolar, schizoaffective disorder, and major depression) reveal the care and concern that families and loved ones share in spite of tremendous obstacles.

Pete Earley, Pulitzer prize nominated author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness writes:
“It is impossible to read this collection without a moist eye, an overwhelming anger at the cruelty of brain diseases, exasperation at society’s failure to help, and a deep admiration for the undaunted spirit of those who speak out and advocate for their fellow travelers on such a difficult path.”

Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Nobody Cares about Crazy People writes:
Hope for Troubled Minds is not merely a worthy book, but an essential one.

You will indeed find the stories of raw pain and heartbreak that I overlooked on my grumpy first read-through. The agony in these messages can be unbearable, and it amounts to an indictment of the shamefully broken system of American health care.

But the element of hope—Hope—has its place too. Hope is what pulls apart the collective, abstracted phrase, “the mentally ill,” and re-shapes it into individuals: distinctive individuals, each with a distinct core personality, each with a distinctive story to tell: a story that insists upon the dignity and the integrity of each subject of each message. “Hope” insists that we never, ever confuse or conflate the affliction with the soul of the victim. “Hope” insists upon reclamation and reform.

Read this book and join the cause.”

Tony Roberts, author of When Despair Meets Delight, is the editor/curator of this collection. Roberts knows brain illnesses inside and out. As one who has battled with bipolar for over four decades while serving as a pastor and advocate, he speaks openly of his own highs and lows and develops platforms for others to share theirs.

100% of the net proceeds will be evenly distributed to three advocacy nonprofits –National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), and Delight in Disorder Ministries (DiDMin).

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