Out of the Well is a quick read, but packs a punch. Literally. It is a brave account of Lisa's experience with school bullying and mental illness. She shares journalling and poetry written at her lowest ebb to give us a window into her frightening, turbulent thoughts.
Her story sends a strong message to parents, teachers and bullies alike. Name-calling, taunting and shoving are not acceptable. A situation shouldn't need to escalate to physical abuse before it is addressed. Lisa asked her teachers for help and was patted on the head and sent on her way. Her parents made her go back to school. The school should have done more and she won a court case to prove it.
Lisa also highlights issues within the healthcare system for patients with mental illness. Once, she was discharged from hospital, after being told, "You're not enough of a suicide risk."
The book raises questions about the correlation between abuse and mental illness. Lisa acknowledges that she probably suffered depression even before the bullying (and probably always will) but I have no doubt that the abuse exacerbated her condition.
This is not a book for deep literary analysis; it should trigger discussion and reform about how society treats bullying and depression.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 695 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Publisher: Melbourne Books (1 April 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07N2KTRPM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,184,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)