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Apr 2014 by PCI College

Bite Sized Book Review - 'In my Room' by Prof Jim Lucey

'In my Room: The Recovery Journey as Encountered by a Psychiatrist' by Professor Jim Lucey is reviewed this week by PCI College President Eoin Stephens

A recent Irish-published book that deserves attention is In my Room: The Recovery Journey as Encountered by a Psychiatrist, by Professor Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, and a regular guest on RTE Radio One’s Today Show

Professor Lucey reflects on many years of working with a wide variety of people in distress, and we meet (in disguised form) many of these people in these pages. We also meet Jim Lucey himself, and his approach is positive, humane and encouraging in the face of modern mental health problems. As he writes on page 61, “People recover every day, but most of us in modern Ireland do not believe this is so.” In helping patients achieve recovery, he emphasises reciprocity between patient and psychiatrist, and the importance of social supports in the patient’s life.

He also reveals his passion for poetry, both personally and as part of his therapeutic work, and includes many poetry selections, like this piece from Seamus Heaney:

“…You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.”

The proceeds of the book go to Walk in My Shoes, the mental health charity for young people.

Eoin Stephens, PCI College President (April 2014)

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