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A partnership between CMHA-NL and Breakwater Books, Ltd., Out Loud: Essays on Mental Illness, Stigma and Recovery is a collection of more than fifty essays by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians from all walks of life who have been affected by mental illness. There are essays by those who have experienced mental illness themselves, by family and friends, by community members, and by professionals who deal with mental illness. The voices here are ones of hope, pain, and honesty. The true meaning in this compelling collection is found in the willingness of the essayists to step forward and share their experiences in hopes of lessening stigma and broadening the conversation about mental illness.
Out Loud also contains an introduction by Ramona Dearing, author of the short story collection So Beautiful and host of CBC Radio Noon. To hear Ramona's interviews with select essayists from the book that were originally aired during Mental Health Week 2010 (May 3 - 9), click here to jump to the media coverage section below.
Where to buy Out Loud
To purchase Out Loud, please visit your local bookstore or buy online from the Breakwater Books website or from Chapters. Royalties from the sale of the book will benefit CMHA-NL, the Pottle Centre, the Schizophrenia Society of NL, and CHANNAL (Consumers' Health Awareness Network Newfoundland and Labrador).
Awards and Accolades
Out Loud was shortlisted as one of three finalists for the 2011 APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award.The following are the comments from the jury:
"Out Loud is a unique and moving book. Breakwater is obviously active within and connected to their community—they identified important and underrepresented stories and took a risk on a project they believed in. The editorial work that went into Out Loud—the structural editing and copyediting of personal narratives from more than fifty contributors, all without losing the individual voices of the authors—was incredible. The editors of this book did a magnificent job, and deserve high praise indeed. Breakwater secured great media coverage for this book, and in doing so, called much-needed attention to pressing social issues.
Out Loud Media Coverage
This work represents a unique collaboration between a publisher and a mental health organizations in the community with the royalties going toward their cause. In terms of media coverage, their ability to engage professionals in speaking up to further remove the stigma of mental health issues speaks toward the commitment of the publisher to promote the book as a significant piece in public discourse. The production value, including paper stock consideration, was equally well done.
Out Loud is the most ambitious Atlantic-published work of 2010, in terms of publisher involvement in a book, and its merit was confirmed when it won the Canadian Mental health media Award. It even has charitable royalties to support the cause it so wonderfully supports, and the marketing campaigns were carefully considered and successfully executed."
CBC Radio Noon:
Episode 1 - Interview with Heather Boone (Monday, May 3, 2010)
Episode 2 - Interview with Terry Reilly (Tuesday, May 4, 2010)
Episode 3 - Interview with Gus Russell (Wednesday, May 5, 2010)
Episode 4 - Interview with Amanda Penney (Thursday, May 6, 2010)
Episode 5 - Interview with Alicia Cox (Friday, May 7, 2010)
"A broken mind" by Burton K. Janes (The Compass, June 9, 2010)
"Uncomfortable Reality" by Valerie Kent (The Herald, May 9 - 15, 2010)
"Taboo topic no longer" by Danette Dooley (the Telegram).
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