Former Chicago Public School Administrator and Author Dr. Tyra Manningunveiled her debut literary work, Where the Water Meets the Sand, this week in conjunction with National Mental Health Awareness Month.
The book tells Manning’s remarkable life’s journey from debilitating addiction and depression as a young woman growing up in Texas, to her eight-month hospitalization for clinical depression at the famed Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, and her subsequent recovery and success as one of the nation’s top school superintendents, all while raising her daughter as a single mother.
Where the Water Meets the Sand is set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and explores themes of loss, depression, addiction, courage and love. It offers hope and inspiration to individuals and families who have struggled with the loss of a loved one or suffered from addiction. Published by Greenleaf Book Group, the book is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and from local and airport booksellers.
The book recounts how, with courage, love and determination, Manning overcame her medical struggles and grief at the loss of her husband whose plane was shot down over Laos in the Vietnam War, and went on to rebuild her life.
“I wrote this book as an inspiration to others who might be struggling with mental illness or addiction,” says Manning. “I wanted to defy the stereotypes associated with mental illness and comfort those suffering in silence. My life’s mission is to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and open doors to resources for support and treatment to those suffering.” – PRNewswire