Inside the Mental

Inside the Mental

Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD

Book - 2016
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"Before she became a psychiatric nurse at "The Mental" in the 1950s, Kay Parley was a patient there, as were the father she barely remembered and the grandfather she'd never met. Part memoir, part history, and beautifully written, Inside The Mental offers an episodic journey into the stigma, horror, and redemption that she found within the institution's walls. Now in her nineties, Parley looks back at the emerging use of group therapy, the advent of patients' rights, evolving ethics in psychiatry, and the amazing cast of characters she met there. She also reveals her role in groundbreaking experiments with LSD, pioneered by the world's leading researchers at "The Mental" to treat addiction and mental illness. Now an author and journalist with a weekly syndicated column, Kay Parley was once a patient and psychiatric nurse at the Weyburn Mental Hospital in Saskatchewan. She had her first breakdown while working at the CBC in Toronto."--
Publisher: Regina, SK, Canada : University of Regina Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780889774117
Branch Call Number: 362.21097124 PARLE
Characteristics: xiv, 179 pages ; 17 cm.


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Nov 01, 2016

This book is excellent. What a compelling story. Kay has a tremendous story.

Aug 16, 2016

Inside the Mental is groundbreaking in terms of its intimate perspective of both the mental patient and the nurse practioner. Kay Parley is continually questioning her surroundings, motives and choices as it affects the patients well-being and progress. She does this with empathy, compassion and understanding, developed from her unique experiences as a artist, actress, writer, teacher, mental patient and psychiatric nurse perspective.

'Inside the Mental' gives the reader valuable insight into the world of the mental patient and the pardoxes of the treatment regimes.

My suggestion would be to get a PDF version to make it easier to read for those who have difficulty with small format, small typeface print.

Ken Billings

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