“It is 1967. Kevin has just graduated from high school in the university town of Laketon, New York. People dressed in red are after him and his truck starts laughing at him. Then the Satan bugs arrive. Even these events don’t stop him from falling in love. Kevin’s journey with schizophrenia takes him through some of America’s most turbulent and exciting times, from anti-war rallies and communes to cross-country road trips and Woodstock. In state hospitals and homeless in New York City, Kevin has the experiences that define a generation of the mentally ill. Kevin is a hero, fighting demons that inhabit his world-a world that is unknown to the rest of us. His family joins him, overwhelmed and misunderstood by the professionals that are supposed to help them. Have you ever seen a mentally ill man on the street talking to himself and wondered what he is thinking, what he is like, what is his story? You will know after reading this book.
Terry Garahan began his work with the mentally ill in 1975, interviewing patients being discharged from Willard Psychiatric Hospital in upstate New York. He developed programs to reintroduce them to the community. This was followed by many years supervising a mental health outpatient clinic in Ithaca, New York. His work gave him insight into the lives of individuals who are mostly avoided by the rest of society. His groundbreaking effort developing police/mental health programs is well documented in a New York Times cover story and a 60 Minutes ll segment with Dan Rather. He is an FBI-trained hostage negotiator and crisis counselor who worked with hundreds of World Trade Center survivors after September 11, 2001. He currently teaches mental health and counseling at Ithaca College.”
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- When Mental Illness is a Family Affair: Q&A with Victoria Costello (psychcentral.com)
- Yo, schizophrenics: Talk about it, assess yourself (scienceblog.com)
- A Doctor Who’s Thankful for Mom with Schizophrenia (psychcentral.com)