Falling To Peaces
Carol Coussons de Reyes
Falling To Peaces: Rerelease Edition is meant to engage the reader in the power of story. Story is at the heart of our humanity and the reason our culture moves forward. Carol shares a first-hand account of what it is like to have a mental health condition that includes depression, bipolar disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. This author shares experience with trauma, including childhood sexual abuse and human trafficking. She is honest and real about her journey.
Reading this book may just leave you screaming for Lithium. Taking us viscerally into her mammoth fears, great energy, deep sadness, and often indignant spirit, Carol Coussons de Reyes chronicles her personal journey with bipolar disorder.
While other memoirs have given us an intellectual understanding of mental illness, Carol guides us, without mercy, through her life as it hits its strongest intensities. The spiral begins as we see through the eyes and heart of a woman who fears she is being poisoned and gassed, tailed by the FBI, watched by the Army, and associated with a CIA assassin.
Although Carol seeks treatment, and is involuntarily hospitalized several times, she shines a light on the inhumane treatment she receives and the community’s approach to mental illness. In doing so, she helps begin to erase the stigmas and discrimination in today’s society and create hope.
New chapters include information and story around suicide prevention and her amazing journey with her beautiful and bright son. By sharing her story, Carol allows us to see that her recovery was by no means linear, but was achieved on her own terms. Falling to Peaces is ultimately about triumph as Carol not only finds her own sense of peace but joins with national leaders that create innovative roads to wellness and start her own non-profit, Mission Zero, aimed at reducing suicide to zero in Georgia’s children.
Carol Coussons de Reyes is a certified peer supporter and specialist in the State of Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology. Carol has worked as a peer, consumer researcher, university adjunct faculty, and staff psychologists. Most notably, she was the Director of Consumer Relations and Recovery for the State of Georgia in the Department of Mental Health. Later, she served as the Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of Nebraska. Currently, she works for the Georgia Crisis and Access Line as a peer support services administrator. She is also the President of Mission Zero, when is a new non-profit working to reduce suicide to zero in Georgia. She is a member of the National Survivor Network of Human Trafficking Survivors and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network in Georgia. She has directed several short educational films on recovery and peers support and written wellness curriculum. Frequently, she speaks at conferences leading workshops on different topics, like Healing Trauma through Art, the Contagion of Hope, or Relational Health. Annually, Mission Zero leads a fun summer camp to hone the story of hope in kids. Carol’s son Gabriel is a Taekwondo enthusiast, Harry Potter fan, gamer, and public speaker himself.