Thursday, February 13, 2014

Never Give Up Son - Addressing Mental Illness



Never Give Up Son

An Inspirational Memoir
by Mario Guerra

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Mario Guerra’s life has been a complex and colorful one. His earliest recollection of life was watching his mother chase a kangaroo out of her kitchen. Another is asking about his father, why he was not with them. At the age of six, he went with his mother by train to see his father at the Kenmore Mental Asylum. There was a war going on, with Italy the enemy, and his mother explained that it was not mental illness that had destroyed their family but the scourges of war. His two uncles and his grandfather were also put away in mental asylums - all four incarcerated in tragic ways. In his early twenties, the author became determined to do something about his father and his uncles. The author’s journey has taken him into becoming a very fast box maker, a singer and at times, an actor. The author was good at boxing and rugby, and because of racism, he became known as a street fighter. He worked as a railway fireman, and was called up to do army service. Later, he became a fruit farmer for seven years before finally moving up to the challenge of road transport and a brick agency. He became a political activist for a short time, a boxing trainer and boxing promoter.   ...