Life Beyond Mental Illness
From a world darkened by depression and mental illness comes a message of hope to this generation. After sinking into depression and mental illness to the point of attempting suicide, Gary Balckford now tells a story of hope for...
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From a world darkened by depression and mental illness comes a message of hope to this generation.
After sinking into depression and mental illness to the point of attempting suicide, Gary Balckford now tells a story of hope for a generation struggling with the mind.
Openly and honestly, Gary recounts his own experiences with paranoid schizophrenia, but also clearly demonstrates that recovery from mental illness is within anyone's reach.
With this book, Gary details the eight life lessons that shaped his recovery and how the same practical steps can help others to live a life beyond mental illness.
I have been on an incredible journey. My journey, like all journeys has had some high mountain top experiences and some deep, cold and extremely dark valleys as well. I used to think I was alone in my suffering, but now I know that so many live where I once lived. My passion is to help lead as many as possible to a life beyond the confines of depression and mental illness. Around the age of 16-17, life for me shifted and I began walking a road that would lead me to darker places than I ever imagined existed in my mind. Hallucinations, paranoia, paralysing fear and depression became constant companions, an all consuming blackness that culminated in a suicide attempt in 1986. Yet, now I'm a Senior Pastor, biblical teacher, professional sales and business development trainer and life coach. I love life. I live and pastor in Coffs Harbour NSW Australia. I enjoy being married to my wife Robyn and have for 20+ years. I also father 4 amazing daughters. How did all this happen? The answer lies in the biblical principles I have learnt and now share. These biblical ideas, teaching and thoughts can, and have, transformed many lives. (Gary)
Gary Blackford is the Senior Pastor of BlueCross Church Coffs Harbour, Australia. Gary and his wife Robyn live to lead people to freedom through God's Word.