On the Brink: Stories of Harm and Healing From a Lifetime in Psychiatry

On the Brink: Stories of Harm and Healing From a Lifetime in Psychiatry

By: Penelope Campling

ISBN: 9781783967001
eBook ISBN: 9781783966516
Cover: Paperback
Published: August 29, 2024
Size: 198x129mm
Page Count: 320

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We have lost our way when it comes to treating serious mental illness: this is a powerful call to arms from highly respected doctor and therapist, Penelope Campling.

‘Deeply thoughtful and compassionate’ Susie Orbach, author of In Therapy

‘As a GP I wish I could send patients to Penelope Campling; as someone worried about failing mental health services, I wish she were in charge.’ Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being

 

NHS psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr Penelope Campling has spent a lifetime on the frontline of mental health care, working with patients in crisis. Now she has an urgent message for us all: with our health service at breaking point, we are failing people in serious mental distress. We can and must do better.

 

Dr Campling invites us into her therapy room. At the forefront of a radically new approach to working with mental illness, she shows how therapeutic communities have helped her patients to break generational cycles of trauma, change crippling internal narratives of shame and despair, overcome abuse and rebuild their lives to find meaning and hope.

 

Moving and insightful, On the Brink combines patients’ stories with candid self-reflections on the difficult business of helping others.

 

‘A book with the power to move and inform . . . [Campling] is an expert in “intelligent kindness”.’ Gwen Adshead, author of The Devil You Know 

‘[An] insightful, important book . . . an exhibition of what could be possible and an invitation to act to deliver that vision.’ Kathryn Mannix, author of Listen

‘This book oozes compassion and kindness and made me want to be a more understanding doctor.’ Kate Milton, British Journal of GP Practice

Previously published in hardback under the title Don’t Turn Away: Stories of Troubled Minds in Fractured Times

  • ‘A lucid and much-needed articulation of the frustration shared by so many struggling to keep the NHS afloat’


    - Iona Heath, BMJ 
  • ‘As a GP I wish I could send patients to Penelope Campling; as someone worried about failing mental health services, I wish she were in charge.’


    - Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being
  • ‘An important book, moving and honest… stands out in its field of psychotherapist memoirs’


    - Beth Guilding, TLS 
  • ‘This book oozes compassion and kindness and made me want to be a more understanding doctor.’


    - Kate Milton, British Journal of GP Practice 
  • ‘This memoir of [Dr Campling’s] career is wide in scope and also acts, in part, as a call to arms to improve the state of the UK National Health Service today … deeply thoughtful and compassionate … Don’t Turn Away is a fine book and is accessible for the seasoned psychiatrist and general reader alike.’ 


    - The British Journal of Psychiatry
  • ‘Candid, compassionate and, above all, hopeful, Don’t Turn Away is a story of troubled minds and how we try to heal them. ‘[An] insightful, important book . . . an exhibition of what could be possible and an invitation to act to deliver that vision.’


    - Kathryn Mannix, author of Listen
  • ‘Deeply thoughtful and compassionate’


    - Susie Orbach, author of In Therapy
  • ‘A book with the power to move and inform . . . [Campling] is an expert in “intelligent kindness”.’


    - Gwen Adshead, author of The Devil You Know
  • ‘Fantastic new book from Penny Campling – 5 stars’


    - Dr Kate Lovett, former Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists

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