By Josephine Brown
Key Themes: mental health system, abuse, schizophrenia, battle for justice, motherhood
This book describes a journey through the Mental Health system, where Josephine Brown has stood many times in defence of her son, David, at first aged just 13 years old. This mother needed more than average strength and defiance to rescue her son from a persecuting system. She lost everything: home, marriage and, ultimately, health herself.
But if asked “Was it worth it?” she replies “Yes, it was. My reward − my son.”
This book should be read by anyone experiencing difficulties with those treating them or their relatives within the NHS. It is not only a source of huge courage but one of invaluable knowledge about mental health and practical and legal help and guidance.
About the Author
Josephine Brown is a courageous woman and a courageous mother. She spent over a decade fighting for the just treatment of her son, sectioned in an Adult Psychiatric Ward aged only 13 and subsequently detained for the financial benefit of medical practitioners despite repeated complaints from Josephine and even the police. Josephine’s journey led her to hospitals, bailiffs, courts, tribunals and eventually to justice but also it would seem to a greater understanding of how to help people experiencing mental distress than a great number of people in the profession.
This book is intended to prevent the mentally ill and their relatives going through the same traumas as I had. The pitfalls have been many and the heartbreak considerable, but with each step in defiance I took, there was progress as a result.
Although progress was made, and this can only create changes, these changes are so badly needed within the Mental Health System.
I dedicate this book to all the mentally ill and their carers, and hope beyond hope that life will become less hostile, and that the ignorance of others will eventually die, and the birth of ‘compassion and understanding’ will at long last prevail.
God Bless − Josephine