You Are Not Alone

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About The Book

Millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness every year. Unfortunately, the mental health care system remains chaotic, underfunded and often inaccessible, and many people are asking themselves the same questions: What if my insurance company won’t cover my treatment? Will I have to be on medication my whole life? Will I ever feel better?

People experiencing mental illness and their families and friends are often unsure how to navigate this system, deal with financial and logistical issues and handle the emotional challenges of mental illness.

“You Are Not Alone,” NAMI’s first ever book, is here to offer help. Written by Dr. Ken Duckworth with the expertise of a leading psychiatrist and the empathy of a family member affected by mental illness, this comprehensive guide includes stories from over 130 people who have been there — including people with mental illness and caregivers — and understand how challenging it can be to find the help you need, when you need it. Their stories are what makes this book different from your typical mental health guide.

The book covers how to get help, pathways to recovery, the intersection of culture and mental health, and many more important topics to guide any person’s mental health journey. NAMI’s hope is that this guide can help people find that key help and support sooner and make recovery more accessible to those trying to find it. All proceeds for the book will go back to NAMI to support our mission to improve the lives of all Americans affected by mental illness.

About the Author

Ken Duckworth, MD, 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 near Boston, Massachusetts.

Upcoming YANA Events

  • September 17: NAMI Florida State Conference: You Are Not Alone, Orlando, FL
  • September 21: Brookline Booksmith Book Launch Event, Boston, MA
  • September 21: Massachusetts Association of Mental Health Event, Boston, MA
  • September 27-28: NAMI Alaska State Conference, Anchorage, Alaska
  • October 12: NAMI Research Event, Washington, DC
  • October 13-14: American Psychiatric Association’s Mental Health Services Conference, Washington DC
  • November 11-12: NAMI New York State Education Conference, Albany, NY