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Issue Details: First known date: 1991... 1991 Tell Me I'm Here
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'This is the compelling story of Jonathan, a charming teenager who turns into a fearful and tormented young man; it is also the heart-rending story of a mother facing the realisation that her child is going mad. First published in 1991, this book has become a classic, and is as moving and as relevant today as it ever was. This 1998 edition has been updated with a new Foreword from the author detailing the effects this book has had on society, both in Australia and worldwide; a new Afterword which discusses the advances in treatments for schizophrenia and developments in community attitudes and programs for mental illnesses in general; and a new, up-to-date section on Where to Go for Help.' (Publication Summary from revised 1998 edition)

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Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5). Note: This is a highly emotionally and psychologically sensitive memoir. Knowledge of the students, their own backgrounds with mental ill health, suicidal tendencies, drug use and violence, as well as family or community experience with these, does need to be taken into account when considering this text for use in the classroom. Deveson’s harrowing memoir about her son’s mental illness deals with significantly affecting themes. The care and lack of care that accompanied Jonathan’s schizophrenia, and the impact of this on Deveson’s ill son, on her other children, on herself and on their friends invites readers to seriously question the health care and support services in existence in our society for those who experience mental illness.

Themes

community, family, friendship, hope, human experience, identity, isolation, love, mental illness, overcoming adversity, prejudice, resilience

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Literacy, Personal and social

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1991 .
      Extent: 269p.
      ISBN: 0140098461
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1998 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      Edition info: Revised
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st April 1998

        Includes Foreword and Afterword by the author

      ISBN: 9780140272574

Works about this Work

[Essay] : Tell Me I’m Here Stephanie Dowrick , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'A short way into Tell Me I’m Here, Anne Deveson’s magnificent account of her young adult son Jonathan’s catastrophic mental illness, she describes yet one more struggle to get Jonathan to agree to go to hospital. Her needs – like her assessment of his needs – are clear: he should be kept safe there for as long as possible and he should be medicated to subdue his rapidly accelerating psychosis. To say his behaviour is extreme at this point barely describes it. Anne takes up the story.'

Before Getting Dressed Sophie Cunningham (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 67 no. 3 2008; (p. 118-129)
A Life Revealed, a Brother Found Georgia Blain , 2006 extract autobiography essay (Writing About Us)
— Appears in: The Age , 9 December 2006; (p. 7)
Writing About Us Georgia Blain , 2006 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2006 2006; (p. 279-291) Births Deaths Marriages : True Tales 2008; (p. 193-209)
y separately published work icon Anne Deveson's 'Tell Me I'm Here' Lynda MacDonald , Glebe : Pascal Press , 1994 Z1612081 1994 single work criticism
Writing About Us Georgia Blain , 2006 single work autobiography
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2006 2006; (p. 279-291) Births Deaths Marriages : True Tales 2008; (p. 193-209)
A Life Revealed, a Brother Found Georgia Blain , 2006 extract autobiography essay (Writing About Us)
— Appears in: The Age , 9 December 2006; (p. 7)
Before Getting Dressed Sophie Cunningham (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 67 no. 3 2008; (p. 118-129)
y separately published work icon Anne Deveson's 'Tell Me I'm Here' Lynda MacDonald , Glebe : Pascal Press , 1994 Z1612081 1994 single work criticism
[Essay] : Tell Me I’m Here Stephanie Dowrick , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'A short way into Tell Me I’m Here, Anne Deveson’s magnificent account of her young adult son Jonathan’s catastrophic mental illness, she describes yet one more struggle to get Jonathan to agree to go to hospital. Her needs – like her assessment of his needs – are clear: he should be kept safe there for as long as possible and he should be medicated to subdue his rapidly accelerating psychosis. To say his behaviour is extreme at this point barely describes it. Anne takes up the story.'

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