A Parent’s Guide to Wills and Trusts by Don Silver, (Adams-Hall, 1992)
Information on how to protect a disabled child’s financial future, written by an
attorney and NAMI member.
Schizophrenia and Genetic Risks by Irving Gottesman
This pamphlet contains detailed information about this single topic. It may be ordered
A Street is Not a Home: Solving American’s Homeless Dilemma by Robert Coates, (Prometheus, 1990)
Analysis and guide to dealing with homelessness among persons suffering from
Suicide Survivors: A Guide for Those Left Behind by Adina Wrobleski, (Afterwards, 1991)
With an understanding attitude, explores and offers coping suggestions for the many
issues that confront families who have had a member commit suicide.
Reading List for Families with a Member who has a Mental Illness (Annotations by Christopher S. Amenson, Ph.D.)
Books which offer Guidance to Families
Coping with Schizophrenia: A Guide for Families by Kim Mueser and Susan Gingerich, (New Harbinger, 1994)
Comprehensive guide to living with schizophrenia and the best source for practical advice on topics including medication, preventing relapse, communication, family rules, drug use, and planning for the future.
Includes forms and worksheets for solving typical problems.
Schizophrenia: Straight Talk for Families and Friends by Maryellen Walsh, (Morrow & Co., 1985)
This book is written by a parent who, as a professional writer, thoroughly researched the field.
This book is emotional in ways that will touch you and deals with all the issues important to families of persons of schizophrenia.
If you can read only one book, select this one if you want to feel understood; select Understanding Schizophrenia to access current research on causes and treatments; select Coping with Schizophrenia if you want concrete advice about coping with the illness.
Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manual, Third Edition by E. Fuller Torrey, (Harper & Row, 1995)
Beloved by the Alliance for the Mentally Ill because it was the first book in 1983 to support and educate families.
Contains one of the best descriptions of “The Inner World of Madness”.
Discusses the major topics in easy to read and very pro-family language.
Troubled Journey: Coming to Terms with the Mental Illness of a Sibling or Parent by Diane Marsh and Rex Dickens, (Tarcher/Putnam, 1997)
The best book for siblings and adult children.
Helps to recognize and resolve the impact of mental illness on childhood.
Seeks to renew self-esteem and improve current family and other relationships.
Family Psychoeducation Toolkit