EACH CHAPTER LISTED BELOW SUGGESTS
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FROM DAD'S
ANCESTRY TO HIS LEGACY
The everyday circumstances of life enhance
or detract from our mental and emotional
To see the big picture of mental health in this
writing, one must not discount such
categories as Biography and Autobiography,
Business and Economics, Education, Family
Relationships, Body, Mind and Spirit, History,
Medical, Nature, Philosophy, Religion,
Self-help, Social Sciences, Technology, as
well as Inspiration and Personal Growth as
pixels in that encompassing picture.
WELCOME ! INTRODUCTORY NOTE
Pete as a person with schizophrenia lived within the
confines of his own mental world. The author
explores Pete's life in a critique of the medical record
of those years; 28 years in Evansville State Hospital,
Evansville, Indiana, and 19 more in two nursing
When you have read that chapter of the book, you
might ask if that was all there was to Pete's life. If so,
it is not a pleasant one.
The author chose to not leave the reader with just that
institutional picture of his father. Never is one event,
even for forty-seven years, the whole story of one's
life. We are much healthier mentally if we see the big
picture of existence.
So the author demonstrated the big picture of Dad's
life by the inclusion of other chapters. Mental health
issues are raised in each chapter as the author first
explores Pete's ancestry, the childhood of his four
children, school days in rural Sullivan County,
A sequel to Pete's journey from Evansville Woodmere
to MacaNell and on to Woodlawn Nursing Home, was
his wife Fleda's paying off the farm, dealing with the
mental health system, finally being in court to defend
her actions. Fleda was a part of Pete's story, with a
love that weathered the storm.
And the story doesn't end without hearing about our
need to have something bigger than self to hang onto
in tough times, and being able to survive victoriously
with support of community and faith-based actions.
The mental health issues continue to be raised as
"Lingering Questions" tie this historical approach to
TIES THAT BIND THE BOOK TOGETHER
1.The inherent worth of every person, including persons handicapped in mind and/or body.
2.Life's Big Picture: Mental health means seeing ourselves as a segment of the ages, our
ancestry, our life on earth, and our legacy, all as a whole event.
3.Facing our limitations: We must seek the assistance of others and that of a greater power to
4.Genuine caring about others: May be an instinct or learned, but a challenge and saving act for
self and for others; a necessary ingredient in a sane society.
5.Issues of caring then (1948-1995) are still issues today in any hospital, nursing home, or mental
health facility today.
6.The author's purpose: To find hidden
treasure in the loss of his father's forty-seven years of confinement;
Offering Pete's unique legacy for mental health. In suffering and death, he teaches.
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2015 now, Time does not change the issue
Learning from experience
>Mental Health Issues in
>could be your story plot
>remembering our roots
>mental health in a classroom
>Critiquing Pete's 47 years
>Fleda, single women's issues
>coping with limitations
>where and what next in
diagnosis and treatment
TREATMENT OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE 20TH CENTURY: AND
PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH TODAY IN TODAY'S EVERYDAY CIRCUMSTANCES;
THE MANY FACETS OF PETE'S LIFE, FROM ANCESTRY TO LEGACY
YESTERDAY'S STORY WITH LESSONS FOR TODAY
FOR PETE'S SAKE, by GENE GILBREATH
A SON REFLECTS ON HIS FATHER (Pete's) FORTY-SEVEN
YEARS OF CONFINEMENT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS,
SEEKING UNDERSTANDING, HOPE, AND
CARING FOR OUR MENTALLY ILL
MORE on FOR PETE'S SAKE:
Check out the chapter excerpts available
on the following pages!
LOOK UP, OUT, AND BEYOND FOR BETTER MENTALHEALTH
A THOUGHT PROVOKING REVIEW"
"I just finished For Pete's Sake by Gene Gilbreath. I found in it a vivid tribute to family courage in dealing with
mental illness and the systems of care surrounding it. The misteps of the psychiatric care communities, the
legal lapses of judgement, and the great courage of Gene's mother, are worth pondering. Others whose family
members have gone through the shock treatment trials of the 50's and the use of clearly imprecise diagnoses
will resonate with the love and the anquish of this account. The questions raised deserve further study.
Rev. Dr. Steve Cain
THANKS FOR THINKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH A REVISION OF THIS WEBSITE "For Pete's
Sake," yet NO DIMINISHING OF THE NEED TO CARE FOR THE TROUBLED AMONG US.
MENTAL ILLNESS, FACTORING IN RECENT TRAGEDIES, OVERSHADOWS US ALL NOW MORE
FROM THE PUBLISHER: "It is estimated that 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given
year according to the Mental Health America website. In this book, “For Pete's Sake” (published by AuthorHouse), Gene
Gilbreath takes readers beyond these sobering figures, sharing his reflections on his father Pete’s 47-year confinement as
a mental patient and the lessons he learned along the way. “For Pete's Sake” is a deeply personal true story of a family
who endured but triumphed over the heartbreaking and sometimes overwhelming state of their patriarch. Three things may
be gleaned from Gilbreath’s candid account. First, it offers a son’s critique of his father’s 47-year struggle against mental
illness and his treatment. Secondly, it talks about Pete’s experiences and family life prior to his diagnosis, noting concurring
mental health issues that are common to everyone. Finally, the lessons from Pete’s and his family’s story raise awareness
on the problem, prevention and treatment of mental illness and the need for its advancement". AUTHORHOUSE