A son reflects on his father's forty-seven year confinement
with mental illness, seeking understanding, hope, and caring
for our mentally ill.
EACH CHAPTER SUGGESTS MENTAL
HEALTH ISSUES FROM DAD'S ANCESTRY
TO HIS LEGACY
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Note: The author's variously stated
philosophy is that our response to the
everyday circumstances of life enhance or
detract from our mental and emotional health.
Therefore the category, "Health and Fitness"
given to this book by the publishers and
promoters is inadequate and misleading.
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 parcels
of 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
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
Offering Pete's unique legacy for mental
health. In suffering and death, he teaches.
Copyright, 2004 Rev 2005 All Rights Reserved
>Mental Health Issues in
>the story plot
>remembering our roots
>mental health in classroom
>critiquing Pete's 47 years
>Fleda and women's issues
>coping with limitations
>where and what next in
diagnosis and treatment
F O R P E T E 'S S A K E, by Gene Gilbreath
TREATMENT OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE 20TH CENTURY: AND
PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH TODAY IN TODAY'S EVERYDAY CIRCUMSTANCES;
YESTERDAY'S STORY WITH LESSONS FOR TODAY
THE MANY FACETS OF PETE'S LIFE, FROM ANCESTRY TO LEGACY