Publication: January 2002
Paperback; 136 pages
ISBN: 1 9038770 3 2
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Schizophrenia is a word that, for many, conjures up a vision of aggression and violence directed indiscriminately at those with whom the person suffering from this disorder comes in contact. In fact, if there is violence, it is often directed inwards, at themselves, and the biggest risk is of suicide.

Grief for the families and the sufferer is added to by the lack of support and often unfeeling remarks of casual acquaintances, and even close friends who no longer see the person as an individual, but instead classify them as ‘nutcases’ or ‘loonies’. This is the language of the ill-informed and this book tries to pierce this blanket of ignorance and tell the story of what a 10-year journey through mental illness is really like. This was a journey taken not only by Georgina’s son, Christian, but by the whole family.

Perhaps this book will go some way towards dispelling the stigma that all too often attaches to this terrible and harrowing disorder, and lead to increased respect for the suffering of those with schizophrenia. Perhaps also, professionals will gain an insight into what it is really like to be a carer and a sufferer.

Paperback: 195 pages
Publication: June 2010
ISBN-10: 1906254303
ISBN-13: 978-1906254308
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The story is a profound one that holds a mirror up to the structures of the society in which we live and just how easy it is to be disenfranchised from those structures if one moves away from the usual track of life's ups and downs. The story is also a critique for the mental health system itself. Incisive observations are offered as to what is the very best and worst of the system, telling examples of what needs to be put right in our own 'back yard'. Wakefield makes a plea for greater hope to be offered. I stand by her in making that plea and join with her in asking for recovery to be the theme for mental health care in this country. Professor Anthony Sheehan, former Director of Social Care for the Department of Health

Schizophrenia causes incalculable suffering to both patients and their families. This book is reflective of a jouney that unfortunately far too many patients and their families have to make. The book encapsulates the hopelessness of the situation, the frustration and finally the glimmer of hope as the whole family slowly move forward on the long road to recovery. Julia Bileckyj, Independent Healthcare Management Consultant

A book for carers by Georgina Wakefield
Publication: February 2004
Paperback; 100 pages
ISBN: 1 9038772 8 8
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Once the story had been told, I felt the need to try to help others in a similar situation. This book is primarily to help carers to hold on to some hope through the very bleak years. I'm hoping it will encourage them to stand up for their rights and insist on the very best possible care for the sufferer. Like the first book, I'm also hoping that sufferers obtain some respect, and carers far more support.

Paperback: 148 pages
Publication: June 2010
ISBN-10: 1849912300
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Georgina Wakefield wrote this book immediately after completing her first book ‘Schizophrenia A Mother’s Story’ which charts her youngest sons19 year battle with Paranoid Schizophrenia. The book consists of 61 (her age) “Glimpses Of Life”. Like life sometimes tragic, sometimes funny Georgina feels that the short stories fit in with the pace of life today. We often complain that we don’t have time to read but this book could be read on a train journey hence The Commuters Companion.

Publication: December 2003
Paperback; 100 pages
ISBN: 1 9038772 5 3
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Addicts' Language tells the story, in prose, verse and 'nursery' rhymes, of the world of those addicted to drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, etc. It also includes the diary entries of a young man who died as a result of his addiction.
It is hoped that, by telling these stories in this format, those concerned with caring, living and coping with the problems caused by drug addiction will gain insights into the causes, betrayals and abuse that leads individuals to seek this destructive form of solace.

The book does not seek to judge or offer remedies; it just tells the story.