Monday, March 26, 2012

Mental Illness Advocacy (MIA) Reading Challenge for 2012

Mental Illness Advocacy (MIA) Reading Challenge.

I started the Mental Illness Advocacy (MIA) Reading Challenge in December 2010 in an effort to raise awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of mental illness.  Reading, both fiction and nonfiction, is an excellent way to broaden one’s horizons and expose one to new ideas and ways of thinking and being. ...  I hope reading and reviewing books featuring characters struggling to deal with mental illness, whether their own or another person’s, will help remove the stigma faced on a daily basis by those with a mental illness.  They already have to struggle with an illness; they shouldn’t have to face a stigma too.

Challenge Levels:
Acquainted–4 books  /  Aware–8 books  /  Advocate–12 books

Hosted on Opinions of a Wolf, where you will find a very good list of book suggestions, should the need occur.

1. The Rosary Bride (ebook)- Luisa Buehler
2. The Lion Tamer (ebook) - Luisa Buehler     
3. The Station Master (ebook- Luisa Buehler      
4. The Scout Master (ebook) - Louisa Buehler           
5. The Lighthouse Keeper (ebook) - Luisa Buehler
6. The Innkeeper (ebook) - Luisa Buehler    
7. The Reenactor (ebook) - Luisa Buehler  
This was a short series whose main character is a likeable woman who grapples daily with sometimes crippling OCD. I was sorry to see it come to an end.
8. Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks   
Although not technically a book about Mental Illness, in it Dr. Sacks does discuss the many causes of hallucinations and their continuing role in misdiagnosis and mistreatment of Mental Illness. 

FINAL COMMENTS: I made it to the 'Aware' level this time, that is if you accept my little fudge with the last one. That was still two short of last year.


  1. Congratulations on completing the challenge! Was so happy to have you participate.

    I definitely think we can count the Hallucinations book. :-)

    1. I was glad to participate. This challenge keeps me learning and growing.