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A Fight to Be
A Psychologist's Experience From Both Sides Of The Locked Door
Ron Bassman
Ron Bassman has an insight not many others in the mental health field possess. Not only is he a provider of mental health services, but he is a person who has experienced psychiatric diagnosis and hospitalization as well. Ron Bassman knows about mental illness inside and out.

In this memoir, A Fight to Be - A Psychologist's Experience From Both Sides Of The Locked Door, the author writes candidly about his issues with mental illness and his life in general.

When Ron was in his early to mid twenties, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. It was summertime when his... (Click Here to Read More)
The Tattered Tapestry
A Family’s Search for Peace With Bipolar Disorder
Kara Smith & Kevin Smith & Tom Smith
On Monday, January 13, 2003, a twenty-six-year old pregnant woman with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, committed suicide. Her name was Kara Smith. This book is a record of a family’s nine-year battle to keep Kara safe and preserve the independence that Kara needed.
Tapestry is a narrative with three voices: Kara’s father, Tom Smith, Kara’s twin brother Kevin Smith, and from Kara in the posthumous publication of Kara’s writings. This book takes the reader through the unwinding threads that lead to Kara’s irrevocable act.
Tom Smith’s narration dominates... (Click Here to Read More)
Mental Health Empowerment Project Twentieth Annual Peer Network Gathering
A Keynote Address by Vanessa Jackson LCSW
Paul Chipkin, Senior Peer Advocate, Staten Island Peer Advocacy Center
“I am unapologetically an angry black woman! Why aren’t you angry?
We want a queen! We want a queen! Kill the queen! Kill the queen!
You just need to discharge your rage so that you don’t destroy the person next to you, trying a different strategy!
People have learned how to chop off the heads of the leaders, so leadership must be diversified! There are all sorts of people out there doing things that we never hear about! What are your passions? What is your neighbor living for?
What happened to you? How does it affect you now? What do you need to heal? Though still wounded, what... (Click Here to Read More)
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