Published in The Guardian, 5th July 2011.
Mental health campaigners welcome book about schizophrenia.
The letters, journals and scribbled observations of David, diagnosed with schizophrenia, have been collated for a new book.
By Mary O’Hara
Schizophrenia is perhaps the most widely misunderstood and misrepresented of all serious mental illnesses in popular culture and media. So, when first-person accounts offering insights into the experience of someone who has lived with schizophrenia come along, they tend to be welcomed by mental health campaigners as an antidote to misinformation. Such has been the case with David’s Box, a new book documenting the journals and letters of a young man diagnosed with the illness in 1964 who took his own life seven years later.