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Guide for Companions of People with Mental Illness

“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.

“Being There” was written by Katherine Farris and Larry MacDonald. The advice they provide is based on interviews with a wide range of experienced companions, as well as doctors, psychiatric nurses, case workers, community mental health professionals, and consumers.

To download a PDF copy of “Being There: When Mental Illness Strikes Someone Near You,” visit www.beingthereguide.com.

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