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The Last Taboo: A Survival Guide to Mental Health Care in Canada

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
At any given time, three million Canadians are living with some kind of mental illness. But despite its prevalence, the public and even some health practitioners are badly misinformed about its causes and treatment.

This book is an essential road map to hope and recovery. It tells the reader where to get help and what pitfalls to avoid. It defines the most common forms of m
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by McClelland & Stewart (first published December 19th 2000)
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Jc Lam
Scott Simmie wrotes The Last Taboo as part of an Atkinson Foundation project which provides a journalist with the opportunity to write about a topic of their choosing and to do so within a year so that they can become immersed in the subject matter.

Simmie writes about his own depressive episodes and also includes much needed information about navigating the services that are available in Canada. He also includes the personal narratives of mental health survivors. One heartbreaking story is about
The authors describe their personal experiences with mental illness (the first is a respected journalist with bipolar illness and the second is his common law wife and support person). The first person account is engaging. Their subsequent outlines of the mental health field are not exhaustive, and some of the data could use updating. The final chapters on suicide and stigma are insightful. This book can be a useful resource for someone with mental illness, for a friend or family member, and for ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Chrissie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This book was fantastic. This book really explains what it is like to live with and through mental health issues. It really touches on the impacts of stigma and the importance of informal supports. Excellent blend of personal stories and factual information. The info on specific disorders and medications was a review for me but it was told in a great way that anyone could understand.
Joseph Young
The book was spread out into mental health stories and then the science behind them.

Ok, but ultimately lost my interest when it got into the technical parts which I have read before. Was hoping for much more stories, like in Beyond Crazy. Ended up reading about 2/3 of the book before I had to return it.
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