Unravel: To Unwell and Back

Greg Ralls

Recommended read: A story of recovery

In his late 20s, Greg Ralls became mentally ill and experienced first-episode psychosis. He reported a suspected homicide to police and was straightjacketed and made an involuntary patient in a locked ward of Graylands Psychiatric Hospital.

This is the story of an ordinary Australian, a boy from rural Victoria who excelled academically, who as a young man earned double degrees with honours from The University of Melbourne before moving across the continent to Western Australia to work for a successful consulting engineering firm. Four years after moving his world fell apart: he was unwell, lost his job, and was admitted to hospital.

Readers are invited to share Greg’s journey, from childhood to his adult years when his life unravelled, and to recovery. He relates his experience with clarity and honesty, and his intelligence and positive attitude shine throughout.

Greg Ralls lives in Perth, Western Australia. He is a Civil Engineer employed by a global consultancy firm servicing the mining industry. Greg has worked throughout Australia as well as in Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. He is also a happily married father, and balances work and family commitments with passions for music, photography and videography.

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