You Are Not Alone

Ken Duckworth, MD

Powerful and poignant, this book is for anyone who has struggled with mental health challenges. As a therapist myself, I value the bravery with which these people share their personal experiences to help destigmatize mental health for others. Let’s talk about it all.”

- Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

A USA Today Bestseller

The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health―With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real People and Families

Written with authority and compassion, this is the essential resource for individuals and families seeking expert guidance on diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, featuring inspiring, true stories from real people in their own words.






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September 20, 2022



About the Book

Millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness every year, and the Covid-19 pandemic only further exposed the shortcomings of the American mental health system. Too many are confused, afraid, and overwhelmed, with many asking themselves the same questions: What does it mean when different doctors give me different diagnoses? What if my insurance won’t cover my treatment? Will I ever feel better? Families and friends are often left in the dark about how best to help their loved ones, from dealing with financial and logistical issues, to handling the emotional challenges of loving someone who is suffering.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE is here to offer help. Written by Dr. Ken Duckworth with the wisdom of a psychiatrist and the vulnerability of a peer, this comprehensive guide centers the poignant lived experiences of over 125 individuals from across the country whose first-person stories illustrate the diversity of mental health journeys. This book also provides

• Practical guidance on dealing with a vast array of mental health conditions and navigating care.
• Research-based evidence on what treatments and approaches work.
• Insight and advice from renowned clinical experts and practitioners.


This singular resource—the first book from the National Alliance on Mental Illness—is a powerful reminder that help is here, and you are never alone.


“In this invaluable book, Dr. Duckworth amplifies the voices of real people who have dealt with mental illness, both doctors and patients. His crowd-sourced method will help people facing similar challenges feel connected to a vast community. If you read this book, you cannot feel alone in your struggles.”

- Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree

“Wonderful and necessary. Dr. Duckworth provides excellent clinical information and practical advice, placing it within the deeply human context provided by those who know firsthand the pain of depression, trauma, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.”

- Kay Redfield Jamison, PHD, professor of psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of An Unquiet Mind

“Families dealing with mental illness, which means virtually all families, need a guide that conveys hope, wisdom, and actionable information. You Are Not Alone is that guide. Unlike previous books, this is a practical guide to help all of us navigate the stormy seas of a loved one’s mental illness. A must-read.”

- Thomas Insel, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Mental Health and author of Healing

“A unique, hopeful catalog of first-person lived experience with mental health collated by a humane, experienced clinician. These shared journeys will help others feel less isolated and overwhelmed. Highly recommended as an essential guide for every physician, mental health provider, and program dealing with any aspect of mental health. You Are Not Alone is a treasure.”

- Bruce D. Perry, MD, PHD, author of What Happened to You?