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Hidden Lives

Coming Out on Mental Illness

edited by Lenore Rowntree & Andrew Boden
foreword by Gabor Maté, MD

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essays, mental health
list price: $24.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
published: 2012
ISBN:9781926972961
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Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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In this groundbreaking collection, well-known and cutting-edge authors bring to light life with mental illness. These evocative essays, by writers who either suffer from or have close family members diagnosed with mental illness or a developmental disorder, aim to break down the stigma that surrounds one of the most devastating of human tribulations. The writers recount their experiences with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative identity disorder. What does it feel like to be psychotic? What sorts of thoughts go through your mind while you are killing yourself? How does a mother go on after her schizophrenic son throws himself into an unfinished construction site? The anthology drills to the core of compassion and disappointment—transcending hope and sometimes finding beauty in insanity.

With a foreword by physician and bestselling author Gabor Maté, MD, Hidden Lives gives readers a place to turn and communicates not despair but courage.

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Editorial Reviews

Shows the immense courage of the writers to speak out . . . A useful book for sufferers & carers. —Royal College of Psychiatrists


Richly packed with stories...Editors Lenore Rowntree and Andrew Boden have brought together a compelling collection of essays, mostly from people who are dealing with various psychotic illnesses. —The Huffington Post


I was keenly aware of the privilege I was being afforded, each page allowing me to regard the details, the emotional pain that mental illness brings to otherwise everyday lives. The tribulations are sorrowful. The courage shines through... Each reader will understand in their own way, and will learn from this book. —The Coastal Spectator


We’d all benefit from reading this book and gaining some insight and understanding into the lives of those who are experiencing it firsthand. —The Vancouver Sun

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About the Authors

Lenore Rowntree

Lenore Rowntree's writing has appeared in several Canadian literary journals, including Geist, The Tyee, The New Quarterly, Room Magazine, and Other Voices. Her play The Woods at Tender Creek was produced in 2010 as part of the Walking Fish Festival in Vancouver, and her poetry was included in the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2010. She was shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award in 2009 for the essay "Flat Champagne," written about her sister's childhood schizophrenia. Lenore currently resides in Vancouver, BC. Please visit lenorerowntree.com.

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Andrew Boden

Andrew Boden's articles on mental illness have appeared in Open Minds Quarterly and Other Voices. His stories and essays have appeared in The Journey Prize Stories: 22, Prairie Fire, Descant, Vancouver Review, and the anthology Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids. Andrew is vice-president and director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Exchange, a Canadian children’s literacy charity, and has helped build homes in Mexico. He enjoys cave exploration, especially on Vancouver Island and in the Chilliwack region. He currently resides in Burnaby, BC.

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Gabor Maté, MD

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