Town Hall Seattle: Ken Duckworth — 'You Are Not Alone'

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Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books are thrilled to present Ken Duckworth for a presentation of his book You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health—With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real People and Families.

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Event Description. . .

Across America, many individuals ask themselves the same questions:  Will I have to be on medication my whole life? What if my insurance company doesn’t cover my treatment? Will I ever feel better? Despite some advances in recent years, the healthcare industry remains chaotic, underfunded, and often inaccessible.

Mental healthcare is arguably even more nebulous, even though millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness. This reality was made even more glaring by the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only highlighted but exacerbated the shortcomings of mental health diagnoses, treatment, and recovery. With many Americans feeling confused, afraid, and overwhelmed by an obstacle-riddled industry, it becomes a challenge to navigate the nation’s complex healthcare system—both for our own needs and for the needs of our loved ones.

Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has written You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health to address these complex issues. The book is a resource for individuals and families seeking expert guidance on the financial, logistical, and emotional challenges of mental health, or for anyone looking to connect with personal accounts that explore such obstacles. Dr. Duckworth aims to leave people better informed, less alone, and more inspired by the true stories of others charting a course through the challenging, yet hope-filled landscape of mental health.

All proceeds from sales of Dr. Duckworth’s book support the NAMI mission and community.

Praise for You Are Not Alone. . .

“Powerful and poignant, this book is for anyone who has struggled with mental health challenges. As a therapist myself, I value the bravery with which these people share their personal experiences to help destigmatize mental health for others. Let’s talk about it all.”
—Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

“In this invaluable book, Dr. Duckworth amplifies the voices of real people who have dealt with mental illness, both doctors and patients. His crowd-sourced method will help people facing similar challenges feel connected to a vast community. If you read this book, you cannot feel alone in your struggles.”
—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree

“Wonderful and necessary. Dr. Duckworth provides excellent clinical information and practical advice, placing it within the deeply human context provided by those who know firsthand the pain of depression, trauma, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.”
—Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, professor of psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of An Unquiet Mind

“Families dealing with mental illness, which means virtually all families, need a guide that conveys hope, wisdom, and actionable information. You Are Not Alone is that guide. Unlike previous books, this is a practical guide to help all of us navigate the stormy seas of a loved one’s mental illness. A must-read.”
—Thomas Insel, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Mental Health and author of Healing

“A unique, hopeful catalog of first-person lived experience with mental health collated by a humane, experienced clinician. These shared journeys will help others feel less isolated and overwhelmed. Highly recommended as an essential guide for every physician, mental health provider, and program dealing with any aspect of mental health. You Are Not Alone is a treasure.”
—Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, author of What Happened to You?

Ken Duckworth, M.D., is the chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and has been the medical director since 2003. He is also assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct clinical assistant professor of health and policy management at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Duckworth has served as a board member of the American Association for Community Psychiatry, and worked for years as a psychiatrist on an assertive community treatment team. He lives in Boston.

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