Is There No Place for Me?: Making Sense of Madness

December 4, 2020
Is There No Place for Me?: Making Sense of Madness

Almost half the Australian population will experience some formof mental illness in their lifetime yet it is still difficult tofind the right treatment and stay well. Kate Richards is wellpositioned to ask the hard questions about our mental healthsystem. She experienced episodes of depression and psychosis wellinto her adult life and is a trained doctor.Kate argues for empowering patients and their families to beactive members of treatment teams. She challenges the common beliefthat patients are responsible - even somehow to blame - for theexistence of their illnesses and makes a plea for mental healthprofessionals to reach out across the patient-therapist divide andfind a human connection. When mental health patients are heard,respected and understood, sustained healing can begin.Kate's experiences are detailed in the critically acclaimedMadness: A Memoir, winner of the Adelaide Festival Awardsfor Literature 2014 nonfiction prize. She is now a full-timewriter, working part-time in medical research, and has learnt howto live a happy and productive life with a chronic mentalillness.'With swift, bold brushstrokes she plunges us into [these]fractured worlds . . . These powerful vignettes show thosesuffering mental illness as ordinary people rather than asstatistics or ''patients''.' The SaturdayAge