Author Erin Hawkes Emiru

Erin's second book, When Neurons Tell Stories: A Layman's Guide to the Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Health. was recently featured on TheAuthorsShow. Listen to her talk about the book and her goal to increase understanding and empathy.

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Erin's first book, a memoir, When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey With Schizophrenia tells her personal story, one that included 14 hospitalizations with schizophrenia. Ultimately, through her personal strength and modern medications, she achieved wellness, and the book is, in the end, a story of hope.

When Quietness Came provides a personal and illuminating view, one that combines insights from her professional training in neuroscience, with her lived experiences. It is also a call for better understanding and empathy for those who face mental health challenges.

Over the years Erin shared her story directly with thousands through appearances at classes, support groups, conferences and events. See this listing of some of these appearances.

Despite her many hospitalizations, Erin completed an honours undergraduate degree as well as an M.Sc. in neuroscience.

Emiru is a peer support worker with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team and brings her own experience in helping people living through mental health and addictions challenges.
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Erin was the 2019 winner of the BC
Courage to Come Back Award in the mental health category. As this Vancouver Courier article by John Kurucz was titled, Erin gives hope where hope was once lost. Photo by Dan Toulgoe
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In 2021 Erin's second book, When Neurons Tell Stories: A Layman's Guide to the Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Health. was published, also by Bridgeross Communications.

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When Neurons Tell Stories Erin provides accessible explanations of neuroscience concepts, within the framework of anonymously presented, with their permission, stories from her clients. It is a delightful combination of authentic lived experiences, empathetically told, and explained through the framework of modern neuroscience.












This site last updated Nov 26, 2021.