Episode #5: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by peer & NAMI educator Hugh McCormick and parent & NAMI educator Emily Chapman to talk about mental health recovery and the support, education and advocacy programs the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has to offer to those with mental illness, family members and loved ones. Hugh shares his harrowing story of how his life as a college student was completely derailed by mental illness, how he stumbles upon the possibility of recovery through NAMI’s peer programs and how he came to a decision to begin his own recovery journey. Hugh is now a peer group leader, an educator teaching free NAMI classes to peers, families and mental health providers as well as serving as an advocate working in a variety of capacities to educate and shape policy on mental health issues. In this show Emily also shares about her experience of being parent of a teen and now young man experiencing mental illness and how NAMI programs provided a vital lifeline when she was paralyzed by overwhelm and how her involvement and volunteerism as an educator and advocate with NAMI has continued to support her and her family. Emily also shares information about NAMI’s many educational programs, support groups and advocacy roles.
Special thanks to my co-producer Lauren Fein for lending her organizational & technical expertise along with her general wizardry to help bring this show to you. Also to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing and donating the use of our theme music.
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RESOURCES & LINKS:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI Santa Cruz County
NAMI’s Family to Family program
NAMI’s Basic’s program
NAMI’s Peer and Family Support Groups
Bay Area Hearing Voices Network (classes and support groups for voice hearers of all kinds)
Second Story Respite House (6-bed peer run program)
Books & Articles:
Recovery from Mental Illness isn’t Always Linear – Lily Baily, Psychology Today
Far from The Tree (2013) by Andrew Solomon
Media and Male Identity: The Making and Remaking of Men (2006) by – J. Macnamara