The first book dedicated to the carers’ perspective, Are You OK in There? offers down-to-earth suggestions for families who are supporting someone with a mental health issue. It covers how to react in stressful situations, how to seek further help and how to get the best out of mental health services from day-to-day.
Starting with when the family first suspect that something is not right, before any professional involvement, it considers how an untrained person might recognise a mental health issue and the steps necessary to get help. There is a brief introduction to depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders and their probable treatments.
This guide also offers suggestions as to how carers might respond when faced with certain challenges such as; self-harming, refusing to go to the doctor or taking medication, suicidal ideas and actions, withdrawing behind a closed door, aggressive outbursts and seeming stuck and not ‘getting better’.
Are You OK in There? brings vital information into one place and is presented in an easy and accessible style. It’s the ultimate guide for family mental health carers, written by someone who has worked with these families for fifteen years.
Jane Lawrence spent her career working in a number of roles in social work and mental health services. Along the way she gained a BSc in Psychology, B.Phil in Social Work, Diploma in Counselling, Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, M.A. in Creative Writing and Personal Development, and an Adult Education Training Certificate. She spent twenty-five years meeting people with complex and severe mental health issues and helped them to become as independent as possible. She also spent time working on a mental health helpline and ran support groups for family carers, later becoming a director of a carer support organisation. As a result of delivering the carers’ information courses, Jane put together a handbook and this was printed by the local Mental Health NHS Trust to distribute to families they were in contact with. Jane is now retired and lives in Bristol.