Until We Meet Again

Battling Mental Illness & Suicide - A True Story of Loss & Survival

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
206 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2015
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Author Biography

Lauren Panobianco obtained her Master's degree is Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She worked for the non-profit agency Family Service League from 2003-2014. During that time, she was the Director of The Linkage Center, which offers overnight accommodations for individuals who find themselves homeless on any given night. The vast majority of clients served are chronically homeless and suffer from one or more debilitating diseases, including severe and persistent mental illness.

In 2015 Lauren obtained an Administrative position in the Security Department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. She also facilitates the Culture of Care course which focuses on improving the patient and family experience.

After her brothers passing in 2009, Lauren founded the Annual Frank S. Panobianco Benefit to Raise Awareness of Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention. Lauren continues to write regularity and is working on a second book of short stories about her life experiences and lessons learned.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow. Just wow. I just finished reading Until We Meet Again: Battling Mental Illness & Suicide - A True Story of Loss and Survival, the personal story of author Lauren Panobianco, and I am still thinking about it. Follow the story of Lauren's brother, Frank, as he suffers with and eventually succumbs to mental illness, and the effect that his loss has on her life and that of her family. Meticulously told, full of feeling, but including humor and lightness as well, the story truly does what the title says; it battles mental illness and suicide.

Until We Meet Again was one of those books that will stay with a reader long after they have finished the book. Author Lauren Panobianco has done a wonderful job at turning a crushing personal tragedy into a story that others can learn from, get hope from, and be moved by. Readers who have personally dealt with mental illness or suicide, their family, their friends should absolutely read this book. But this book should not only read by those with a personal connection to the topic; it should be read by everyone so that they can get a perspective on the horrors of mental illness, and hopefully gain a sensitivity that they may not have otherwise.

I highly recommend this book to all. I was so pleased to see that author Lauren Panobianco has become a master's level social worker. I am certain that she is using her personal experience to inform her career. Her story has touched my heart, and I am sure that it will do the same for anyone who reads Until We Meet Again: Battling Mental Illness & Suicide - A True Story of Loss and Survival.