Library NEWS





We have a range of books and DVD’s  in our lending library that are free to borrow – just ask if you would like to have a look.  Also we would appreciate the return of any outstanding books you may have at home please.  


Recently acquired books include:


The Big Little Book of Resilience

How to bounce back from adversity and lead a fulfilling life

 by Matthew Johnstone is available to borrow from the Nelson and Motueka offices.


My brother or sister has a mental illness:  by Jacqueline Potvin-Boucher :  Two great resources are available for siblings who have a brother or sister with a mental illness.  One is written for young people ages 11-16, and one for young people ages 17- 24.


Reinventing your life by Jeffrey E Young Ph. D and Janet Klosko Ph.d ‘Discover the breakthrough program to end negative behaviour and feel great again’     


Ask Elizabeth: by Elizabeth Berkley :  A book for teen girls ‘Real answers to everything you secretly wanted to ask about love, friends, your body and life in general’.  Elizabeth Berkley is the founder of Ask Elizabeth,   a not for profit organisation that facilitates self esteem workshops to empower girls ages 11-18. 


Bipolar Bears – by Sue Hueston:

A storybook for children who have a mum or dad with Bipolar Disorder . Daddy Bear is acting very strangely and his children are confused and scared. Mental illness is difficult to explain to children as it is not visible. Sometimes people find it hard to talk about. This book will help children understand that Bipolar Disorder is manageable with medical care and the support of family and friends. This beautifully illustrated children´s book, finished in watercolour provides wonderful pictures aimed at children from 5 years old. The book explains what can happen during a manic episode and then how a doctor and rest can help calm Daddy Bear's very busy brain.


Matters to a Head: Cannabis mental illness and recovery by Kate K:

This highly readable and exciting new book explores the links between cannabis and mental illness through the personal and professional experiences of former Nelsonian, author Kate K.

“I would like to see a version of this book read by every health professional, every teenager, every parent, every teacher…” reader


“All Blacks Dont Cry” by John Kirwan

All Blacks Don't Cry is John Kirwan's story of hope, of working through the pain and living a full life - a poignant, inspirational and helpful example for anybody battling depression. 'I've been to hell and I'm back. If you're in that same place, then I understand what you're going through “.

“Caught between sunshine & Shadow - Living with and managing bipolar affective disorder” :

 Compiled by Georgie Tutt A collection of stories and poems written by people who have bipolar disorder and are managing their condition, living fulfilled lives, despite their diagnosis.





Surviving Schizophrenia: - A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers"
E. Fuller Torrey;

The Burden of Sympathy: - How Families Cope With Mental Illness"
David A. Karp

"Diagnosis: Schizophrenia"
Rachel Miller

"Divided Minds: - Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia"
Pamela Spiro Wagner;

"The Quiet Room: - A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness"
Lori Schiller;

Review:  The author of this book, Lori Schiller, has written a very frank and open account on the effects that having schizophrenia has had on her life.
Lori explains, in very detailed language, what the effect of hearing voices has on her self worth and self-image and her progression into self-harm and self-destruction. For those whose family member experiences this aspect of schizophrenia, it is insightful and gives a further appreciation of the difficulties experienced for those who have to live with this aspect of mental torment.

It was interesting reading the chapters of this book that related to the various responses of family and friends and how they eventually come to terms with and understanding of Lori's illness. This book highlighted not only Lori's determination to overcome the difficulties and challenges that coping with schizophrenia has on her life but also the importance of family support and love as well as the essential role that clinical specialist, nursing staff and support persons, along with responsive medication, play in helping her to progress into a life where she is able to begin again and look at the world and her illness in a different light.

May 2007

"The Day the Voices Stopped: - A Schizophrenic's Journey from Madness to Hope"
Ken Steele;
An honest and very insightful read of the life of a young man who heard voices and was suicidal for the best part of 30 years. I did find it hard going at times because he went from one bad situation to the next, to the next as the treatment that was available at the time didn't work for him and he suffered terribly at times.  However it was worth hanging in though, because he never gave up trying to get better and eventually he found a psychiatrist who really listened to him.  He was put on a new medication that finally worked for him, and one day, the voices really did stop.  It is a story of hope and recovery. Ken Steele went on to advocate for Consumer rights in America.
May 2007-06-19

"Surviving Manic Depression: - A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers"
E. Fuller Torrey

"Helping Someone with Mental Illness: - A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers"
Rosalynn Carter

"The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: - What You and Your Family Need to Know"
David J. Miklowitz

"I am Not Sick I Don't Need Help!"
Xavier Amador

"Living with IT:" - A survivors  Guide to Panic Attacks.
Bev Aisbett

"Tell Me I'm Here/One Family's Experience of Schizophrenia"
Anne Deveson;

"When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness": - A handbook for Family, Friends and Carers.
Rebecca Woolis;

"Mad House: - Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings"
Clea Simon;

"The Burden of Sympathy: - How Families Cope With Mental Illness"
David A. Karp;

"Brave New Brain: - Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of The Genome"
Nancy C. Andreasen

"Recovered, Not Cured: - A Journey Through Schizophrenia"
Richard McLean

"Helping Someone with Mental Illness": - The newest advances in research and treatment, How to get the best care possible, Overcoming the stigma of mental illness
Rosalynn Carter with Susan K. Golant

"I found this a good additional read after I had read more specific and detailed books on a single condition.  Of particular interest was a chapter on Caregiving for Mental Illness, the link between a strain of Streptococcus and the development of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and the experiences of patients and caregivers. Although it is an American book, there is plenty in it that is relevant to us in NZ.
April 2007

"When Someone you Love is Depressed":
-  How to help your loved one without losing yourself
Laura Epstein Rosen
Xavier F. Amador

"The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia":
- Understanding the illness, Head off relapses, Learn about Recovery, Improve work and relationships, solve problems as a family.
Kim T. Meuser,  and Susan Gingerich,

"Surviving an Eating Disorder": - Strategies for Family and Friends Michael Siegel, Judith Brisman, Margot Weinshel

Help Your Teenager Beat and Eating Disorder": - Learn why you need to act now, Find out what the research says about which treatments work, Take charge of changes in eating habits and exercise, Put up a united family front to prevent relapse.
James Lock and  Daniel Le Grange

"Brave New Brain":- Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of the Genome
Nancy C Andreasen

"Sad Love Stories": - A study in Manic Depressive Illness
John T. Young

"The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide":  - What You and Your Family Need to Know"
David J. Miklowitz

"Diagnosis Schizophrenia": - A comprehensive Resource
Rachel Miller and Susan E Mason

Library books: All SF families/whanau and carers and mental health workers are welcome to browse the library books and DVD’s at the Nelson office, or the Motueka office. We suggest you phone first to arrange a time to call in for a look. The fieldworkers may be able to recommend something suitable for you too.

Reminder: Could you please check at home if you think you may have any SF books to return, as we have a wait list for some books.

SF Nelson

Supporting Families in Mental Illness