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Susan Inman

Author, After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity

Susan Inman's memoir, After Her Brain Broke, Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity (Bridgeross, 2010), has been recommended both by NAMI and by EUFAMI, which are the world's largest organizations advocating for families coping with mental illnesses. In Canada, it has also been recommended by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, and the BC Schizophrenia Society. Susan's articles about mental illness have appeared in a variety of publications including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, The Province, The Tyee, the BC Teacher Newsmagazine, and Visions magazine. While a member of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Family Advisory Committee in 2006, Susan drew up plans for a family conference focusing on meeting the needs of family caregivers for people living with severe mental illnesses; she helped organize this well-attended conference for the next 11 years. More recently, Susan initiated and co-chaired the Bringing Cognitive Remediation to British Columbia conference; efforts are continuing to implement the evidence-based cognitive remediation programs which can help the many people with schizophrenia who have disabling cognitive losses associated with the illness. While continuing to provide ongoing assistance to her daughter, who is recovering from a severe schizoaffective disorder, Susan is a very active public speaker about the situations of families coping with psychotic disorders. Susan received her BA from Swarthmore College, her MA from UCLA, and taught secondary school in Vancouver for 25 years.