Army Veteran Chronicles Post-Combat Journey Through Mental Illness in New Book

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Susie L. Landown-Clarke presents story of recovery, raises awareness about suicide prevention

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A Texas-based U.S. Army veteran has published her intimate story of developing, managing and recovering from multiple mental illnesses after returning from combat. In “Mental Illness – MI Doesn’t Look Like ME,” author Susie L. Landown-Clarke puts forth her unflinching mental health journey and aims to raise awareness about and dismantle societal stigmas toward mental illness.

Landown-Clarke’s mental illnesses initially manifested after retiring from the Army after more than two decades of service in 2012 and suffering traumatic head injuries and three mini strokes. Much like going to war against a seemingly indomitable enemy, Landown-Clarke’s struggle with depression, anxiety, memory loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and bipolar disorder left her feeling hopeless, defeated and suicidal.

“Mental illness is a painful affliction that can humble the most enduring and stable-minded of people,” Landown-Clarke said. “It seizes upon our vulnerabilities during the feeblest times of our lives. And while you don’t have to be branded with mental illness diagnosis, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to acknowledge its invasion so that recovery can begin.”

Through comfort in her faith in God, support from her loved ones and rigorous therapy, Landown-Clarke was able to find peace, happiness and recovery. Through her book, she hopes to empower others who suffer similarly to seek out appropriate resources and advocates for populations that are often at risk for suicide, such as teenagers and veterans.

“Mental Illness – MI Doesn’t Look Like ME”
By Susie L. Landown-Clarke
ISBN: 978-1-5462-0206-6 (hardback); 978-1-5462-0205-9 (paperback); 978-1-5462-0204-2 (electronic)
Available at the AuthorHouse Online Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and Amazon

About the author
Susie L. Landown-Clarke is a veteran of the U.S. Army with nearly 22 years of combat experience. Landown-Clarke holds a master’s degree in business administration and is a wife, mother of three and passionate believer in God. She currently resides in Prosper, Texas.

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