Inside the Mental

Inside the Mental

Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD

Book - 2016
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Part memoir, part history, Inside The Mental offers an episodic journey into the stigma, horror, and redemption that Parley 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 cast of characters she met there. She also reveals her role in experiments with LSD, pioneered by the world's leading researchers at "The Mental" to treat addiction and mental illness. Kay Parley was once a patient and psychiatric nurse at the Weyburn Mental Hospital in Saskatchewan.
Publisher: Saskatchewan, Canada : University of Regina Press, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780889774117
Characteristics: xiv, 179 pages ;,18 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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