Windhorse gave my son the gift of reclaiming his life, and it has given me the same gift.
— The parent of a Windhorse client
A Guide for Families
This is a guide for families who have a member suffering from a major mental disturbance, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe depression. Constance Packard, M.S.W, wrote the basic text. She is the mother of a son with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, a family therapist and a past member of the Windhorse Board of Directors.
Windhorse is a coalition of professional, consumer, and family members and we consider it very important that these three groups work together in a way that informs the whole. The clinical staff, therefore, went through a process of revising and refining the Guide, with special input from Sally Clay and Harold Raush. Sally is a consumer/survivor activist who was, at the time, both on the staff and a member of the Board of Directors.
Harold was the father of a Windhorse graduate, a clinical psychologist and co–lead the family program. He also served as our Windhorse elder until he passed away. We offer the Guide as an introduction to the way we at Windhorse Integrative Mental Health work with the families of our clients. We also offer it to other families anywhere who may find it helpful.