Some years ago, I attended a special event. More than 125 men and women, all struggling with a serious psychiatric illness, gathered for a day of sharing and discussion. Organized by a group of mentally ill patients and ex-patients, all the panels and speeches were given by adults with psychiatric disabilities. I was the only mental health professional invited to share in this celebration. It was an honor that I have not forgotten.
The panelists, all of whom suffered from long-term mental illness, spoke of their struggle to overcome stigma and prejudice. They spoke of their... Read More