Between 1982 and 1998, I was hospitalized more than 20 times, both on a voluntary and involuntary basis, at institutions all over the country, including the Maine Medical Center, Oregon State Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Southern Arizona Mental Health Center and the former Jackson Brook Institute (today Spring Harbor Hospital).
Today, my illness is well-managed and I continue receiving services on an outpatient basis. Access to those services allows me to live an ordinary life: the ability to hold a job, pay taxes, maintain a marriage and even write this blog.
Over the last two years, I have spoken publicly about my illness, publishing op-ed pieces; testifying on bills before the Maine Legislature; serving as a “consumer” panelist” and offering presentations as a keynote speaker.
I have also served on numerous boards for mental health service providers.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental illness, I strongly encourage you to seek help and immediate medical attention.
Below, you will find a collection of links and resources available in southern Maine, as well as materials I have publicly shared during my own public education and outreach efforts.
If you would like me to speak to your group or organization about the impacts of mental health from a consumer’s perspective, please visit the CONTACT US page.