Amanda LaPera is a mental health advocate, family member, and consumer. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Orange County affiliate (www.namioc.org). She is the author of the book, LOSING DAD, Paranoid Schizophrenia: A Family's Search for Hope, the true story of how severe mental illness affects the entire family. Her wishes for the future of severe mental illness: improved laws, additional research, and more effective treatment.
Losing Dad, Paranoid Schizophrenia: A Family's Search for Hope is the compelling true story of a family’s struggle with the sudden onset of their father’s severe mental illness and subsequent homelessness. The perspectives of his three children, his spouse, and his own distorted reality combine to offer readers a glimpse of a world that will feel hauntingly familiar or dramatically eye-opening.