Media for The Ghost Garden

The Toronto Sun written by Liz Braun

Ottawa Review of Books, February 2, 2109 article written by Ian Thomas Shaw

The Globe and Mail article written by Wency Leung

Maclean’s Magazine article written by Brian Bethune for June, 2019

Montreal Review of Books written by Claire Holden Rothman

The Current on air Anna Maria Tremonti 

CTV National Your Morning

Global National on TV with Jeff McArthur and Carolyn Mackenzie

CTV Montreal on TV with Mutsumi Takahashi

TVO with Nam Kiwanuka ~ Segment aired on August 1, 2019

Georgia Straight, BC written by Brian Lynch

Quill and Quire written by Anne Thériault

Literary Review of Canada by Leanne Toshiko Simpson

Media for Le jardins des fantômes

L’actualité par Marie-Hélène Proulx

Site Boomers par André Maccabée


Susan Doherty achieves a luminous, fierce and loving portrait of our brothers and sisters who suffer in ways that can appear bewildering and frightening; that can deplete the compassion even of those who love them most; ways in which the abiding human need for connection is obscured by personal chaos. The Ghost Garden is a signal and compelling act of connection. Leavened with humour, clear-eyed yet packed with hope, in this book, Doherty invites us to be part of that connection.
— Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset, The Way the Crow Flies and Fall on Your Knees
With her brave and generous reporting from the front lines of intense human suffering, Susan Doherty delivers a fundamental challenge to everyone inside and outside the mental health system: what do we owe people who have lost their minds? Her poignant and harrowing profiles of men and women diagnosed with schizophrenia make a compelling case for the transformative power of personal compassion and tenacity.
— James FitzGerald, author of What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past
This compassionate, perceptive and absorbing book chronicles the lives of people who have not let themselves be entirely crushed by the random cruelty of what used to be called insanity. Since more than 1 in 4 people is touched by mental illness personally or in their families, I recommend this readable, valuable book to everyone.
— Dr. James Farquhar, psychiatrist, Douglas Institute
This is a book I wish I could have written. Susan Doherty’s eyes, ears and heart show us professionals who our patients really are and what their lives are really like.  We should all see the person before the diagnosis.
— Dr. David Bloom, medical chief, Psychiatric Disorders Programme, Douglas Institute
I have been in and out of the system and been prescribed 24 types of meds for 12 years. I’m 30. It’s about time a book came out that showed the mentally ill the way we actually are... as sentient and competent as everyone else, though we might appear to be different. I loved reading the stories of unfairly marginalized people some of whom I know personally. This is the start of greater acceptance.
— Katharine Cunningham, a resident of Nazareth Community
As a neuroscientist who understands the brain and it’s disorders, I still share the unconscious negative bias towards patients with schizophrenia. Yet in the startling detail of these stories about lives lost, Doherty reveals the enduring humanity that resides within the souls of all persons suffering from this dreadful disease. She has finally given a voice to those unfortunate human beings that has long been unheard.........
— Dr. G. Rees Cosgrove, Neurosurgeon, Harvard Medical School
Being able to reach out to people with a severe mental disorder without the self-protective measures that come with being a mental health”professional” is an uncommon gift. Susan Doherty has it, obviously. Her account of her relationships with people with severe mental illness will bring you very close to them, and safely so. Reading her book might even make you a better person.
— Dr. Pierre Etienne, associate professor of clinical psychiatry, McGill University