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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

from NAMI.

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

mental illness.

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


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