Caring ... and other Highwire Acts

True stories of those caring for someone with a mental illness

By: Innovative Resources

Caring ... and other Highwire Acts

There are hundreds of thousands of people across Australia whose lives are changed forever by caring for someone with a mental illness; who struggle daily with the demands and challenges of this role. Caring is a delicate balancing act like no other, often performed without a safety net.

But how many of us really know the carers’ stories?

Caring …and other highwire acts gives carers in the Loddon Mallee region of Victoria, Australia, a voice; a chance to tell their stories honestly and anonymously. While the stories in this book are drawn from one region, they are also the stories of many families from many places. 

There are stories of heartache, stories of grief and loss, and stories of great courage. Walking the tightrope of mental illness can be all these things and more. But amid the pain there can be moments of hope, even exhilaration and humour, when the fear of falling is cast aside and love makes anything seem possible.

This is an essential book for carers, social workers, social work educators, counsellors and chaplains, and anyone involved in supporting carers or those with mental health issues.

Paperback, 154mm x 234mm, 96 pages 

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