Beyond Us and Them focuses on the co-authors’ navigation and blending of the roles of psychiatric survivor, mental health professional, and activist.
In this volume we are introduced to the psychiatric survivor movement and are witness to how that affiliation was instrumental in shaping the activism and clinical work of the authors. Their individual journeys of transformation, informed by their education as professionals, has imbued their work with a heightened awareness of the expansive possibilities for those who struggle with extreme emotional states. The book is written to bring the experiential knowledge and insights gleaned from the lives of the co-authors to academics, mental health professionals, and graduate students. Supported by past and current research, the volume calls for a paradigm which values collaborative dialogues that afford help-seekers the opportunity to be active agents in pursuit of their well-being.