According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), 26.2 percent of Americans aged 18 and older are suffering from one or
more mental illnesses at any given time—that translates to over 57 million people. Statistically speaking, that means everyone in America has at least one
mentally ill person in their extended family.
While there are an abundance of personal memoirs about mental illness and addiction, as well as memoirs by celebrities that detail the family effects of mental illness, there is currently no book that not only blends the two, but also tells the story from a common-man, middle-class point of view. What’s missing in the marketplace is an authentic voice on family mental illness that the vast majority of readers can personally relate to. Ms. Berry delivers on that voice.