Sollars' latest book, 'And Some Will Triumph', is a heartbreaking and riveting look into correctional mental health, from the perspective of a compassionate nurse, that holds exciting potential for increasing awareness through print and film media
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Shallotte, NC -- The Holidays are the time of year when we collectively attempt to be a bit more forgiving and little less judgmental perhaps. However the Holiday season is not the only time of year for kind words and good deeds. Judging from the headlines we see day after day, it might be important for all of us to stop and reflect on the importance of kindness, not only during the Holidays but all year long. While some might believe kindness is a weakness, it is instead a sign of real courage, demonstrating that we respect and honor each other, regardless of station in life or status. Virginia Sollars, author of 'And Some Will Triumph', issued a statement that is both timeless in content and urgent in regards to its core message.
"A little bit of kindness goes a long way - it can make someone’s day," Sollars stated. "A smile, or a friendly hello might bring a smile to someone’s face and make them feel as if the world is not a lonely place. Helping an elder across the street, or complimenting them on how well they look might make their day. Remember, it may be difficult for them to do things we take for granted. Do you have a neighbor that can use a hand? It may just take fifteen minutes of your time to find out, and the feeling of helping someone can increase your own feelings of self worth. It can make you feel powerful. I always feel better when I’ve helped someone. It gets me out of my own head and problems for a while. I use to work with a friend who would take all her old blankets and search for the homeless. Imagine their surprise when she handed them something to keep them warm, how her kindness helped them."
The full statement is available at her website.
Sollars' book, 'And Some Will Triumph', relates the journey of Elizabeth, a compassionate nurse who comes to California from New York with her teenage daughter to work at the fictional Raine Correctional Facility. Elizabeth finds herself interacting with some of society’s most troubled and challenging inmates and shows how she must at times fight the system to give the best care to her patients. Elizabeth tells the stories of both the psychiatric inmates as well as the nurses who have problems in their lives as well. Since the book is based on my professional experience, it is an insider’s look into the minds of psychiatric inmates revealing their secrets, regrets, frustrations and hopes and how they cope with their life in jail. But my book is more than just the story. It explains the many mental health disorders in such a way that people without a medical background can understand, points out the broken mental health system and describes the reasons why the mentally ill are incarcerated."
"I believe my book has great potential for a television series or a movie," Sollars said, "My book is very informative, it is written in such a way that everyone will finally understand what is means to be burdened with a psychiatric disorder, how the thought process is so different from ours and how it sometimes leads to involvement with law enforcement. My book is so different from any undertaking that has been taken before, its potential is great and I think that people will be amazed at what I have to say. I just need the right people to believe in me to get the word out. I know my book can make a difference. "
Sollars' book has received rave reviews from readers. Kirkus Reviews said the book is ….” a remarkable timeline of the treatment of mental illness in the past 40 years, and it’s a triumphant account of her boldness as a mother, nurse, and woman. At a time when mental health is in the forefront of conversations about our health care system, her story is one of hope."
One reader stated, "Absolutely the best book I’ve read in years, uncensored look into correctional mental health, patients, inmates and the professionals who deal with some of society’s most troubled criminals, their day to day struggles all interwoven within a gripping story of murder and suspense. A must read!" Another said, "Awesome story! While the story keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, the real plight of the mental health patients in a correctional setting is heartbreaking.”
Virginia Sollars is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at virginiasollarsyahoo.com. 'And Some Will Triumph' is available at online retailers. More information is available at her website.
About Virginia Frusteri Sollars:
Virginia Frusteri Sollars was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and became a registered nurse in 1980, working as a psychiatric nurse for most of her career. She worked in the jail system for twenty-six years, caring for and treating the mentally ill. She continues to advocate for the mentally ill though her presentations and radio shows advising people of the plight of the mentally ill.