Finding True North
The Healing Power of Place
by Linda Gask
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Pub Date 29 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 29 Apr 2021
Beneath the wide skies of Orkney Linda Gask recalls her career as a consultant psychiatrist and her lifelong struggle with her own mental health.
After the favelas of Brazil, the glittering cities of the Middle East, and the forests of Haida Gwaii, will she find perspective, spiritual relief, and healing in her new home?
‘Finding True North reminds me why I would rather consult a physician who at times struggles herself, rather than one who has remained above the fray, and how help.’ -Andrew Greig, author of At the Loch of the Green Corrie
‘An illuminating and enlightening book, beautifully illustrating the importance of place on our mental and physical wellbeing.’ -Raynor Wynn, author of The Salt Path
‘A quietly moving account of living with long-term depression that weaves together Linda’s experiences as a doctor and a patient.’ Sue Stuart-Smith, author of The Well Gardened Mind
‘Linda Gask’s writing and wisdom about depression are like no one else’s and I turn to it time and time again to feel the comforting chime of shared experience.’ -James Withey, author of The Recovery Letters
‘A master storyteller.’ -Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry, King’s College London
‘This is recovery not as a political stick with which to beat the disenfranchised, but self-help and self-care that is truly transformative.’ -Andre Tomlin, Mental Elf
Podcast coming soon!
Podcast coming soon!
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Finding True North by Linda Gask Fascinating insight into mental health from someone who has well and truly experienced it from both sides of the fence. Very easy to read because of the gentle, careful flow Linda creates. The book explores aspects of depression and anxiety from a personal perspective but combines this with professional expertise and experiences to highlight similarities and differences of people going through the same conditions. I believe anyone living with a mental health condition, or trying to support someone who is, will benefit from reading this book. Whilst Linda makes it clear that everyone’s experience will be different, there will definitely be some takeaway moments for anyone searching for their own answers in this read. This book holds the reader at arms’ length, it doesn’t try to suck you in and make you feel what the author is feeling. Instead it puts events and emotions in front of you and allows you to react. It doesn’t tell you anything is more or less important, it lets you decide. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.