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On November 16th at 7PM, international bestselling author and temple member Ally Golden will discuss her new memoir, A Good Soldier, the compelling story of growing up with a mother who suffered from severe depression and Borderline Personality Disorder and eventually ended her life. The session will also address misperceptions about suicide, warning signs to keep in mind, and coping strategies for those supporting mentally ill loved ones.

Per the National Center for Health Statistics’ 2016 announcement, suicide in the US has surged to the highest level in 30 years and the rate for middle-aged women ages 45-64 has jumped by 63 percent. And according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a first-degree relative of a person who has committed suicide is five times more likely to attempt or complete a suicide.


“A Good Soldier exposes the pain from a thousand cuts that comes from life with a mentally ill parent. Golden shares in exquisite detail why a maternal mental illness is such an enormous risk factor for children. This shocking, courageous, and compassionate memoir will offer hope to those who feel least deserving of it.”  Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D., John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“A brave and unflinching portrayal of the struggle to carve out an authentic life amidst the harsh realities of a parent’s mental illness. For anyone trying to grasp an understanding of this particular sort of darkness and its impact on a family, Golden’s journey of imperfect survival shines a light on the possibility of resilience and redemption.”  Nancy Perlson, LCSW, Board Member, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

“A riveting true account of a young life marred by the mercurial behavior of a mentally unstable parent. A Good Soldier is everything a memoir of this type should be: soul-baring, raw, and compelling, with an added bonus: the prose is pristine.” – Leigh Byrne, Amazon Bestselling Author, Call Me Tuesday

“Indelibly shaped by her mother’s struggles, Ally Golden’s perseverance and insight allow her to forge a new life—separate from the shadows of her past—enriched with success, happiness, and love. This timely memoir will give a voice and provide strength to the many who understand this hardship.” – Randy P. Auerbach, Ph.D., ABPP, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Director, Clinical Research, Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, McLean Hospital

A skillfully told, heartbreaking story about growing up and coming of age while emotionally tethered to a mother with severe mental illness. Before you’re even finished reading, you want to pick up your sword and help to change the current paradigm of care.”  Gina Nikkel, Ph.D., President, Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

Ally’s reflections, life decisions, and remarkably sophisticated coping as an adult mourning her lost childhood are an inspiration for anyone who has ever wrestled with their conflicted youth.  There are millions of silent sufferers who have experienced emotional abuse alone.  With A Good Soldier, Ally Golden offers a voice for them all, and a chance for healing with this realistic, sobering, compelling, and extraordinarily therapeutic book.– Psychology Today


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