Don’t Turn Away: Stories of Troubled Minds in Fractured Times

Author(s) : Penelope Campling

Don’t Turn Away: Stories of Troubled Minds in Fractured Times

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Over the course of her 40-year career, psychiatrist and psychotherapist Penelope Campling has worked with patients from all walks of life, from survivors of abuse to ICU doctors struggling under the strain of Covid-19. She has seen many positive changes in how we approach mental health – and yet she is increasingly troubled by the state of our health services. Too often those suffering from serious mental illness are being neglected, locked away, even abused.

In Don’t Turn Away Campling takes us into the therapy room, offering unique insight into how we treat those in distress. She shows us how the progress made in a more optimistic era of psychiatry is fast being eroded; how our struggling healthcare system often fails those who need our support; and how crucial it is in today’s uncertain world that we do not turn away.

Candid, compassionate and, above all, hopeful, Don’t Turn Away is a story of troubled minds and how we try to heal them.

Reviews and Endorsements

‘Wise and compassionate’ - Gwen Adshead, author of The Devil You Know

‘Deeply thoughtful and compassionate’ - Susie Orbach, author of In Therapy

‘[An] insightful, important book . . . an exhibition of what could be possible and an invitation to act to deliver that vision.’ - Kathryn Mannix, author of Listen

About the Author(s)

Penelope Campling is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. For twenty years, she ran the NHS personality disorder unit in Leicester, and she is the co-author of Intelligent Kindness: Rehabilitating the Welfare State. Now retired from the NHS, she continues to lecture and campaign, and works in private practice. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, she has been supporting clinicians on the frontline in intensive care units.

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