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Mr. Hall has assembled an important collection of essays and short histories which argue fiercely for a more modern and humane approach to mental crisis. His personal journey and journalism acumen both usher a wide range of perspectives into a coherent whole. From dissenting Big Pharma insiders like Gary Greenberg and Robert Whitaker to pioneering voices researcher Eleanor Longden, from short poignant vignettes of oppression to inspiring examples like Finland's Open Dialogue success, Outside Mental Health gives me language and support for arguments I have wanted to make with my doctors and family but never been able to.
I've studied "mental illness" and consensus mental health for twenty-five years. I feel more understood and humanely seen in the past two days reading this book than in years of memoirs, DSMs, neuroscience, psychotherapy, and crisis after crisis. Mr. Hall writes "I was pulled between two worlds, the world where I knew what was true, and the world where my truth was just a sign of illness..."
I am far better equipped to begin living my truth than I was before reading the gift that is Outside Mental Health.
Read several stories at a sitting, and suddenly you'll start to recognize commonalities between them, and with YOU! - and you'll have the feeling of being part of a community. Or pick up the book and flip through the pages, letting a word or phrase jump out at you - and there's a good chance that, over and over, you will find yourself saying, "Me too! Me too!" "I didn't think ANYONE felt that way but me!"
Hall edited his radio interviews brilliantly. They are just the right length, and the selection gives you so many different views, aspects, and ways to look at that huge, undefinable blob we call "mental health." But perhaps the best parts are the chapters written by Hall. They are wise, moving, brilliant, daring and unique.
I would go on and on, but much of it is beyond my ability to describe. So....I'll just say: I love this book and I think you will too!