Sailing on Broken Pieces: Essential Survival Skills for Recovery from Mental Illness

Sailing on Broken Pieces: Essential Survival Skills for Recovery from Mental Illness

by Gary Rhule


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Sailing on Broken Pieces is told from the triple perspective of a sibling, caregiver and emergency room doctor who treats people with mental illness in the emergency room and copes with the same concerns at home. It is told through vignettes from the emergency room intertwined with common symptoms of mental illness. The goal of Sailing on Broken Pieces is to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

Oscar winning Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence said: "It's just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication. But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it's such a stigma behind it."

Sailing on Broken Pieces is unique from this triple perspective of ER doctor, sibling and caregiver of a person with mental illness. One in 3 Americans (65 Million) is a family caregiver for persons with mental illness. Sailing on Broken Pieces provides strategies and insights on how to cope while providing support for their family member.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614489429
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Gary Rhule is a board certified Internal Medicine physician, and healthcare management consultant. He worked for many years as an emergency room doctor where many persons are affected by physical illness, as well as mental illness. He honed the vital life skills to cope with mental illness as a result of working in the emergency room. He is interested in improving the mental health system, removing the stigma of mental illness, and closing gaps in health disparity. He was born in Jamaica, and has lived in the U.S. since his teenage years. He now lives in Connecticut with his family.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Wind Said No
Part I: Reflections in the Water
Chapter 1: The Hardy Boys
Chapter 2: Sandburned
Chapter 3: The Scent of Lilac
Chapter 4: I See Unusual Things
Tip Box 1
Part II: Charting the Course
Bull’s Eye
Chapter 5: Fish Tail Car
Chapter 6: Dylan’s Hoop Dream
Chapter 7: Burning the Midnight Oil
Chapter 8: Tree Trunks
Tip Box 2
Part III: Storm Clouds
Chapter 9: Earth and Sky
Chapter 10: You Will Never Know
Chapter 11: A Piece of Cookie  
Chapter 12: One Thousand Cows  
Tip Box 3
Part IV: Eye of the Storm
Chapter 13: Mission Impossible
Chapter 14: Tell Bret
Chapter 15: A Day for Decision
Chapter 16: Pain but No Gain
Tip Box 4
PART V: Days of Rain
Double Negative
Chapter 17: Dizzy Dalliance  
Chapter 18: Resuscitated  
Chapter 19: The Open Mouth
Chapter 20: What’s up, Doc?
Tip Box 5
Part VI: Sunny Skies
Stepping Stones in My Rose Garden
Chapter 21: Unanswered Questions
Chapter 22: Esther’s Unlikely Tirade  
Chapter 23: A Shore in Sight
Tip Box 6

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