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.
JOIN EMAIL LIST
If you enjoyed this or past shows and want to be notified when new episodes are available, it takes just a minute to SIGN UP for our email list.
GOT A STORY TO SHARE?
If you or someone you know have topic ideas for future shows, or have a story of mental health recovery to share, please email me at email@example.com
YOU CAN HELP! SUPPORT OR UNDERWRITE
If you like what your hearing on this show or on any here on K-squid, you can become a “philanthropod” too and help us keep all this going! Donations of any size do help! Become a supporting member, or if you have a business, consider underwriting a program and go to the “Support” navigation tab at KSQD.org.
RESOURCES & LINKS:
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