‘Mental illness is too often portrayed with a sense of despair, as if it’s a life sentence. Nothing could be further from the truth. Virtually everyone improves with help, and most of the help is relatively easy to access.’
How do we define mental illness? What does a diagnosis mean? What should you ask your doctor before you begin treatment? Are there alternatives to medication? What does the research show actually works?
Practitioner and professor of psychiatry Dr Steve Ellen and popular comedian Catherine Deveny combine forces to demystify the world of mental health. Sharing their personal experiences of mental illness and an insider perspective on psychiatry, they unpack the current knowledge about conditions and treatments. Punctuated with anecdotes and real-life stories, Mental covers everything from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia, personality disorders and substance abuse.
Whether you have a mental illness or support someone who does, Mental offers clear practical help, empowering you with an arsenal of tips and techniques to help build your resilience.
‘Mental should bridge the gap between a random Google search and informed, trusted mental health advice. An expert and a writer team up to tell you everything you need to know about treating yourself and finding the right help when it's needed.’ —Dr Steve Ellen
‘In the same way everyone has Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion in their home and consider it the go-to “bible”, my dream is that Mental becomes the Cook’s Companion of mental health.’ —Catherine Deveny