Inside The Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD

Category: Book
By (author): Parley, Kay
Series: The Regina Collection
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  PSYCHOLOGY / History
Publisher: University of Regina Press
Published: March 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 158
Size: 7.00in x 5.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*"A revelatory account of the importance that psychiatric treatment and research from the 1950s has for mental health today." Jean Freeman, author of Fists upon a Star

Before she became a psychiatric nurse at "The Mental" in the 1950s, Kay Parley was a patient there, as were the father she barely remembered and the grandfather she'd never met. Part memoir, part history, and beautifully written, Inside The Mental offers an episodic journey into the stigma, horror, and redemption that she found within the institution's walls.

Now in her nineties, Parley looks back at the emerging use of group therapy, the advent of patient rights, evolving ethics in psychiatry, and the amazing cast of characters she met there.

She also reveals her role in groundbreaking experiments with LSD, pioneered by the world's leading researchers at "The Mental" to treat addiction and mental illness.
From The Publisher*When Kay Parley suffered her first mental breakdown in 1948, she thought it was the end of her life. It turned out to be the beginning.
Biographical NoteNow a journalist with a syndicated weekly column, Kay Parley worked for CBC Radio and the Saskatchewan Arts Board before becoming a psychiatric nurse at the Weyburn Hospital.