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Behind the Wall

The True Story of Mental Illness as Told by Parents

By Mary Widdifield; Elin Widdifield Foreword by John G. Looney, MD,MBA
Price: $16.95
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Format: (eBook)
ISBN 13: 9781634132060
Publisher: Mill City Press
Publication Date: 04/07/2015

Format: (Softcover)
ISBN 13: 9781634132046
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of Pages: 322
Publisher: Mill City Press
Publication Date: 04/07/2015

In this unique perspective on mental illness, parents tell their dramatic stories of grief, hope, and recovery.

Behind the Wall: The True Story of Mental Illness as Told by Parents provides a shared voice for millions of people who advocate for a child or loved one living with mental illness, fosters understanding for society at-large, and delivers an ultimately hopeful read. 

The seven true stories in this book, told by nine parents, were selected from interviews conducted by sisters Mary and Elin Widdifield, and interwoven with one sister’s own experiences. Told with remarkable candor, these stories offer more insight than any single story or academic analysis. 

When mental illness enters the national discussion, it typically comes in the wake of a violent tragedy, attracting temporary attention and further misunderstanding. Behind the Wall posits that  the true story of mental illness can be told most accurately by the people in the trenches: the parents who watched it all unfold.

Mary Widdifield received her MA in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University where she received the Wilner Award for short fiction. Mary’s fiction and essays have appeared in Transfer Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Able Muse. Mary is a grant writer for nonprofits. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children. 

Elin Widdifield received her MA in counseling psychology from Tufts University and completed an externship in family therapy at The Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. She has worked extensively with adolescents, families, young adults, and sexual assault survivors. Elin has documented oral histories, including life experiences of combat veterans. Elin resides in North Carolina where she is on the boards of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), and the UNC Center For Excellence in Community Mental Health. She is the mother of two sons. 



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