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Debbie Nau Redmond's Book Showcases Why We Can Be SILENT VOICES No Longer

  • Apr 16, 2012
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There were so many emotions I felt as I was reading this book.

As someone who is not a parent I can't imagine what it's like for you to have a child that is in need of help and know that you don't have all of the answers. There is nothing like being in a family where there is someone who is yearning to be understood, and doesn't know that those around him or there not as the enemy but to be a friend. In SILENT VOICES author Debbie Nau Redmond takes us on a journey with her family as they deal with not just mental illness but the frustration of not being able to make it all better.

It is because of books like Debbie's that I am able to have compassion for others as well as empathy for those who are in a situation where they don't know how to make everything all right. For Debbie's brother Ricky there was the realization that your mind could not always be trusted, and that you were capable of doing what would be the unimaginable with no real understanding of the consequences.

This book is about mental illness, but it is also about understanding the effect that it has on all that are around it. I think that I also got from this book how much we are all inter-related in our quest to have happiness, security and the protection that sometimes seems to be with everyone but us.

In the end Debbie was able to rise from the tragedy and the losss and come to the understanding that her story was one that could not just help her but others as well. Telling this story reminds me that we can't be silent when we know that people are not getting the assistance they need, and we also have to be ready to step in when it seems as those weakest among us need our strength.

This book is a rallying cry for all of us to realize the potential we have and move forward to help others change their lives for the better. Artfully presented and shared with emotion and purpose, SILENT VOICES will be a book that reminds us of the fact that together we are never alone.

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Cyrus Webb ()
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I am the President of Conversations Book Club, host of Conversations LIVE Radio and the Take Time To Read Literacy Campaign. Information can be found at www.conversationsmag.com.
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Debbie did an amazing job through her story of portraying the barriers to accessing mental health care. Her story paints an accurate picture of the roller coaster that many families feel they can never get off of, while on the journey to recovery with their loved ones. Her family story is one of resiliency even in incredibly difficult times. Had the family had the psycho-educational resources then that we have now, maybe the outcome would have been different. --Lacey Berumen, NAMI Colorado

Debbie Nau Redmond has written a personal and painful account of the terrible toll that mental illness takes on individuals and on their families. More importantly, this retelling of the love and affection that her family shared as they struggled with an ongoing tragedy is a powerful reminder of the strength of family bonds. This is an important read for anyone struggling with these issues. --Steven W. Jackson, MSW, LCSW
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