More than 15 million adults and their immediate families in America today must cope with a patient suffering from severe mental illness. In too many cases, these families cannot or do not know how to get help for their loved ones.
SANDY’S GIFT: WALKING WITH THE LIGHT (Cedar Forge, 2017, softcover) by William P. Dunn IV is an intimate and shocking true story that tells of the tragic plight of Sandra Dunn, a mother and loving wife whose life takes a tragic turn when she suddenly falls victim to severe mental illness; how the healthcare profession and the law prevented her from getting the treatment she needed; how it destroyed her family and nearly got them killed. By sharing his story, Dunn hopes that people will have a better understanding of the ravages of mental illness and know how to cope with them better.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I have heard so many times about abused women who are unable to get help or even when they do get help, it’s not enough. I have also heard about children being “lost” in the system by Family Services. But I never realized that the family of a person with mental illness could have so much difficulty getting help. I understand the idea behind HPPA but how ridiculous! And I know that the people who work for Family Services are overworked and underpaid, but obviously something needs to be done!
My heart broke for Bill Dunn. He tried everything he could think of and still couldn’t get the help he needed. He did a good job of making his and Sandy’s story a good read while getting his point across.
I think this is a book that everyone should read. People need to know what families of victims mental illness can go through and, hopefully, with more awareness, others can be saved.
William P. Dunn IV worked on Wall Street in the U.S. Government bond market where he worked his way up from the back office to the trading desks. After twenty years on Wall Street, he became a financial advisor in northern New Jersey. He continues to work as an investment advisor. He is a graduate of Thiel College where he earned a dual degree in Economics and Business Administration. Today he lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is a proud grandfather.
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