Following are stories of people who understand and are living the experience of mental health recovery. These are people who live with or have family members with a serious mental health condition. They know the struggles, challenges, joys, and successes of the mental health recovery journey.
Recovery Coordinator, Advocate, Public Speaker, Volunteer, Friend; in Recovery From Schizophrenia.
For James Kindler, the early years of his illness were, as he says, hard and confusing, because "nobody knew what was happening to me." Since receiving his diagnosis of schizophrenia over 30 years ago, he has found medication that manages his symptoms, a job he's passionate about, and hobbies he enjoys.
Husband, Artist, Homeowner; in Recovery From Schizophrenia.
When Jerome Lawrence was in college in 1982, one of his professors noticed he started having difficulties with his schoolwork. Soon afterwards, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and hospitalized for a short time. He struggled for several years.
Filmmaker, Writer; His Mother Is in Recovery From Schizophrenia.
Joseph Greco grew up watching his mother's battle with schizophrenia, and it's been a challenging journey for him, his mother, and his dad. When he wrote his first feature film he drew from personal experience, but also portrayed on a larger scale the way families cope with illnesses like schizophrenia. The film won the Rome Film Festival and the Best Feature Film Award at the Sedona Film Festival and Greco received the National Council for Behavioral Health's Distinctive Voices Award for his contribution to the mental health community.
Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder