The following booklist is intended as a guide to publications that may be of interest to those who are caring for/ supporting someone who has a mental health problem. It is by no means a comprehensive list. Details of the books have been given when known but we are not able to recommend any particular publication.
MIND has a wide range of publications and also a wide range of leaflets and booklets containing information on the main mental illnesses and the various treatments available including the following
- anxiety phobias and depression
- self-harm depression
- hearing voices how to cope as a carer
- manic depression post natal depression
- medication schizophrenia
- personality disorder
- how to cope with someone who is suicidal
"Books Beyond Words"
Books Beyond Words (BBW) is a series of picture books that has been developed to make communicating easier, and to enable discussion about difficult topics. Supporting text and guidelines are also provided for carers, supporters and professionals. The series is particularly useful for people with learning difficulties
How to order
“MAKING THE MOST OF BEING A CARER– A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO LIGHTENING THE LOAD”.
“Carers can often feel isolated and overwhelmed as Ann Whitfield, herself a carer, knows only too well.
This guide gives advice and support to those who are caring for a person with special needs and outlines your rights under the Community Care Act, tells you what financial help is available and also tackles how to take care of yourself and find support to deal with the emotional stress of caring” Mind.
“CARING: HOW TO COPE”
“Drawing on carers’ experiences this book contains a wealth of practical information including chapters on carers’ feelings, getting help, organising money and a list of useful addresses” Mind.
All available from Mind Publications on 020 8519 2122 Ext 223.
AT NINE JUST TO SAY YOU’RE ALIVE.” Linda Hart.
A personal account by someone who suffers with schizophrenia, of her experiences whilst in hospital.
ISBN: 0330 35180-X.
THE MENTAL HEALTH SHOP
The Mental Health Shop offers a wealth of information on mental health in the form of publications, leaflets, booklets, videos and DVDs.
“THE RIGHTS OF THE
NEAREST RELATIVE” , RETHINK.
A booklet covering the rights of the nearest relative under the 1983 Mental Health Act, 1990 NHS and Community Care Act, Supervision Registers, 1995 Carers Act and the Patients Charter.
“UNINVITED GUEST”. Jenny Robertson.
The story of a mother coming to terms with her daughter’s schizophrenia. Written from a Christian perspective and includes many of the author’s poems. Rethink.
All available from Rethink, 28 Castle Street , Kingston upon Thames , Surrey , KT1 1SS . Tel: 020 8547 3937 and ask for the publications department .
SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS – A FAMILY AFFAIR
. Gwen Howe.
This book provides crucial background information. It explores the emotional impact that a breakdown can have on the family and makes it easier to talk to doctors and other health care professionals. It gives valuable pointers on practical issues.
Sheldon Press. ISBN: 0-85969-752-5.
“A CARERS’ GUIDE TO SCHIZOPHRENIA ”. Greg Wilkinson, Tony Kendrick and Bruce Moore.
The Royal Society of Medicine Press.
“DIAMONDS BEHIND MY
EYES”. Nicola Pagett and Graham Swannell.
A very easy to read personal account of manic depression.
SELFISH PIG’S GUIDE TO CARING”
Hugh Marriott, illustrated by David Lock, Polperro Heritage Press
Caring & Memory Loss.
“REMIND ME WHO I AM, AGAIN”
Linda Grant, Granta Books
HAVE THE MEN HAD ENOUGH
IRIS: John Bayley.
CARING FOR MARIA
Bernard Heywood. (Heyward)
Cayton, Graham, Warner.
CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA
Jane Brotchie – Age Concern England.
36 HOUR DAY – FAMILY GUIDE TO CARING
The John Hopkins University Press, Paul R. McHugh (Foreword) et al.
IS THE COOKER TURNEDOFF?
Caring for an Older Person with Failing Memory
Josephine Woolf, Michael Woolf.
DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMERS & OTHER DEMENTIA
Harry Cayton, Nori Graham, James Warne.
THE BEST FRIEND’S APPROACH TO ALHEIMERS CARE
Virginia bell, David Troyell.
KEEPING BUSY, A HANDBOOK OF ACTIVITIES
Nancy Mace (Foreword) James Dowlip.
YOUR GUIDE TO ALZHEIMERS
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE DOCTOR SAYS ITS EARLY STAGE ALZHEIMERS
Todd E Feinberg & Winnie Yu
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