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About the Guide

This guide was written with a friend by a former companion who has experienced the bewilderment and sense of aloneness that comes from being suddenly on the spot during a mental health crisis. We wanted to help others keep their footing, understand the challenges they may face, and learn the things they could do to help during this extraordinarily difficult time. Our idea was a guide that could pass on advice from experienced companions to new ones.

Beside a wide range of companions, we interviewed many others knowledgeable about mental illness: doctors, psychiatric nurses, case workers, directors of community health organizations, and people with mental illness themselves. We thank them all for their honesty and candour.

On this web site, you can view the guide in it's entirety. You can also order a single printed copy for yourself or many copies for your group or organization.

© Katherine Farris and Larry MacDonald, 2005