Susan Downs


Susan Downs is an author, speaker, and caregiver coach. She is passionate about educating and supporting families in their efforts to care for mentally ill loved ones. She frequently speaks to support groups and teaches courses with More to Life, a non-profit educational organization. Her clients rave about her careful listening and ability to quickly connect them to the right resources.

Susan comes from a background in the healthcare community. She was a physical therapist working with children, athletes, and the elderly in various settings. She has a heart for helping others reach their highest potential. She is a volunteer with over 30 years of experience with More to Life. She has taught many courses on self-esteem enhancement for this group.potential. She is a volunteer with over 30 years of experience with More to Life. She has taught many courses on self-esteem enhancement for this group.

Susan has been married to Phillip for over 40 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.Susan is a world traveler and enjoys participating in mission trips to Mexico, Ukraine, Kenya, and the Philippines. She is a deacon in her church.Susan was president of Greenway Toastmasters and helped start the Bellaire Toastmasters in Texas. She ran for the City Council in Bellaire three times.

Fortunately, she lost all three races. She continues to be a concerned citizen and speaks before the City Council several times a year. Susan currently volunteers with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, helping raise money and awareness for this organization. She also advocates for the mentally ill by talking with local, state, and national officials.

About the Book


Whether your loved one has recently been diagnosed with a mental illness, or whether you have lived with this diagnosis for several years, this book will give you fresh insights from the author’s experiences in dealing with her 25-year-old son’s unexpected diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. You can get past the feelings of helplessness and denial by learning to accept and take control of your situation. You will see the power of asking for help as you create your team and devise your plan.

Support is available from many sources; you are not on this journey alone. For helpless caregivers who are in denial and frustrated trying to help a mentally ill loved one, Susan Downs provides real life examples and quick solutions to put readers on a pathway to Minding the Matters of the Mind.

Learn How…

Minding the Matters of the Mind is a book written for any person who is a caregiver, a family member, or a friend of a mentally ill person. This book guides the reader through the following:

  • creating a team
  • forming a plan
  • taking care of yourself
  • becoming an advocate

This is a powerful system for taking control as you navigate the world of mental illness.

You Will Discover in These Pages…

Practical information and engaging storytelling to help you learn about mental illness. In this book, you will:

  • Learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
  • Create a team that will effectively support you and your loved one through the treatment and management of this brain disease.
  • Form a plan that will provide both short-term and long-term goals for recovery.
  • Take care of the caregiver, which is important in maintaining focus and energy for your journey.
  • Become an advocate to provide a sense of purpose for you and your loved one, as well as to benefit future generations.
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