This article was prepared by Nora Underwood for Canadian Health Network. Nora Underwood is a journalist living in Toronto.
“Being There: When Mental Illness Strikes Someone Near You” is a practical resource booklet for companions (a friend, family member or co-worker) of someone experiencing a mental health problem. The booklet is targeted to help ordinary non-professionals who wish to assist someone they know who is experiencing a mental health problem. The guide gives practical advice and suggestions, including coping with the mental health system, handling emergency help and caring for yourself.
‘It is the heart and not the brain That to the highest doth attain,” wrote the poet Longfellow. Yet, when it comes to attaining good health, the heart and the brain are largely one and the same — at least according to new research.