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A Street Social Worker Tells What It's Really Like, by Pete Earley: http://www.peteearley.com/2017/12/04/lynn-nanos-a-street-social-worker-tells-what-its-really-lik
A Clinician's Snapshot of a Revolving Door, by the Treatment Advocacy Center: http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/fixing-the-system/features-and-news/3883-a-clinicians-snapshot-of-a-revolving-door-personally-speaking-
Seeking Inpatient Treatment? The Mentally Ill Need Not Apply, by the Treatment Advocacy Center: http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/fixing-the-system/features-and-news/3987-seeking-inpatient-treatment-the-mentally-ill-need-not-apply
One Source. One Organ., by the Treatment Advocacy Center: http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/fixing-the-system/features-and-news/3929-one-source-one-organ
Illustration by Ivan Potter-Smith
Lynn Nanos is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in her eleventh year as a full-time mobile psychiatric emergency clinician in Massachusetts. After graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Social Work, she worked as an inpatient psychiatric social worker for approximately seven years. Nanos is an active member of the National Shattering Silence Coalition that advocates for the seriously mentally ill population. Nanos can be contacted either here or by email, email@example.com.
When hospitals release seriously mentally ill patients too soon without outpatient follow-up, the patients can end up homeless, jailed, harming others, or even dead. When patients are deemed suitable for inpatient care, they can languish for weeks in hospital emergency departments before placements become available. Meanwhile, patients who fake the need for care are smoothly and swiftly moved to inpatient settings. Breakdown opens a dialogue with anyone interested in improving the system of care for the seriously mentally ill population. This book helps to answer questions such as:
Using vignettes based on real interactions with patients, their families, police officers, and other mental health providers, Lynn Nanos shares her passion for helping this population. With more than twenty years of professional experience in the mental health field, her deep interest in helping people who don’t know how to request help is evident to readers.
Breakdown uses objective and dramatic accounts from the psychiatric trenches to appeal for simple and common-sense solutions to reform our dysfunctional system. This book will benefit anyone interested in seeing a glimpse of the broken mental health system way beyond the classroom. It can guide legislative officials, family members, mental health professionals, and law enforcement officers toward a better understanding of the system.