Item description for Silent Heroes (2nd Edition) by Maureen Focht...
Many, if not most, families have their own story about mental illness, addictions, or violence. Research depicts that at least 50% of people with substance abuse and addictions have a mental disorder also. The stories presented in this book are small samples of similar tales that most anyone could tell about their family. But, they do not. Due to the stigma and bias regarding mental illness, most people remain "silent heroes". This book explores the emotional journey and the healthy, although painful, emotional process that is necessary for families to "come to terms" with and find healing regarding the mental disorder of their loved one.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2007
Publisher Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
ISBN 1932279679 ISBN13 9781932279672
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Reviews - What do customers think about Silent Heroes (2nd Edition)?
An honest and touching portrayal of the impact of mental illness. Mar 3, 2007
This book gives the reader wonderful insight into the day to day and long term impact of mental illness on family. It offers personal insight from several people who have first hand knowledge and experience coping with this issue. It also offers excellent resource information and tips and information about how to cope with this challenging problem that impacts so many lives. As a social worker, I would definitely recommend it to people with family members struggling with mental illness. Iris in Chicago
The Face of a Lost Soul - The Determination of their "Silent Hero". Jul 10, 2006
Hit with a dilapidating illness, a family's journey to unite and overcome is a harrowing and trying time. Although many believe the road leads to more sorrow and devastation, this book will prove the old cliché "where there's a will, there's a way."
In "Silent Heroes", you will read one particular family togetherness and how they overcame and helped one another when their mother was diagnosed as a schizophrenic. Told through the daughter's point of view, you will find inner strength and answers to guide you if in a similar situation.
Silent Heroes, as the title states, celebrates those who do not seek glory, or recognition but stand by as their vows or compassion direct them; to be there and help a family loved one.
The author's easy to understand and straight to the point explanations on mental illness fully captures the catapult one is thrust in when mental illness strikes.
The book is told through the daughter's viewpoint, allowing us to experience her highs and lows growing up with a mother who was schizophrenic. There are very few in life who display this determination and perseverance, but more importantly- compassion. This embodiment comes out, as well, in small snippets of other case studies.
This book will guide you in better understanding the hardships felt by members of one afflicted by a form of mental illness. Miss Focht offers several links to learn more about schizophrenia, depression, and bi-polar. She also points out signs of detecting a mental illness.
An encouraging read for all whether or not you personally have experienced this affliction or know of someone who is going through it; it will help give you an insider's look. A very good and thought-provoking read.
FINALIST AWARD WINNER- Nov 23, 2005
Silent Heroes is a Finalist Award Winner for USABest Books-2005, in two categories: Social Change, and Psychology/Mental Health. I am most proud of the Social Change, because that is what is needed: much more awareness and education about mental illness, to erase the stigma for families and their ill loved ones. thanks for reading this. The Author, Maureen Focht MS
A True Rendering that touched my heart Nov 2, 2005
I admire Maureen Focht tremendously for having the courage to speak out about what it is like to live with family members with mental illness and dispel old myths in the public mind. While she dedicates this book to her Dad as the silent hero who stood by her mother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Maureen is also a silent hero. She has interviewed other women who offer their stories on living with depression and schizophrenia. All of the stories offer coping skills for children, partners, and friends. Frank discussion about the need for support, speaking up, getting information and more are covered here. I read the book from cover to cover, and found that the stories touched my heart. By speaking up, Maureen informs the public about how to understand and adapt to the needs of all family members when one has a diagnosis of mental illness. Bravo Maureen. I was so interested, I sat down and read it from cover to cover and I highly recommend it to all!
Honest, Compassionate and Revealing Oct 29, 2005
It's not often that a book about profoundly personal issues can both educate and inspire. Ms. Focht puts into perspective the internal conflict that is felt in dealing with a loved one with a mental illness, against a backdrop of a love story. She lays bare the feelings and longings of a child seeking the presence of her mother who is simply unavailable - even to herself. It is a revealing journey that brings to life the silent hero of the story, the father who is present, courageous and like each of us - quite human.
Specifics about these illnesses are detailed through multiple interviews as well as the author's own story. I was moved by how similiar and universal feelings can be amongst those who have a family member or friend who experiences an illness. The examples are provocative and sound a clarion call for understanding through education and sharing of information.
The author states: "Educating ourselves provides us with the armor and the weapons to assist us and our family members through the maze of ignorance, public perception, and the social systems we need to support our loved one with mental illness."
A much needed book for educators, grown family members and children seeking understanding and tools to gain support.