Recommended Reading List from David Goldboom, MD
Dr. David Goldbloom was the first physician in chief at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is now their senior medical advisor for Education and Public Affairs. He is also the Vice Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Below are some book recommendations by Dr. Goldbloom:
Books on what to do:
The Last Taboo: A survival guide to mental health care in Canada. Scott Simmie and Julia Nunes (2001). McLelland and Stewart (available in paperback)
Being there: when mental illness strikes someone near you. A guide for a friend, family member or co-worker. Katherine Ferris and Larry MacDonald (2004). Available at www.beingthereguide.com
When something's wrong: Ideas for Families. Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation (2004). Available at http://healthymindscanada.ca/publication/handbook_pdf.html
When something's wrong: Ideas for teachers. Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation (2005). Available at http://healthymindscanada.ca/publication/handbook_pdf.html
When something's wrong: Strategies for the workplace. Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation (2007). Available at http://healthymindscanada.ca/publication/handbook_pdf.html
Books on the experience of mental illness:
Beyond crazy: Journeys through mental illness. Julia Nunes and Scott Simmie (2002). McLelland and Stewart (available in paperback).
After her brain broke: helping my daughter recover her sanity. Susan Inman (2010). Bridgeross Communications.
Reading on specific psychiatric and substance use disorders:
http://www.camh.net/Publications/index.html This website contains information on the extensive array of publications from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ranging from books for children about adults with mental illnesses and substance use disorders through pamphlets about specific treatments and problems to major textbooks for health professionals, as well as other resources for people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, families, friends, teachers, schools, communities and organizations.