As a society, we frequently talk about mental illness crisis, because crisis in mental illness is very public whereas recovery with mental illness is very private. Doctors, politicians, and family members remark on the best ways to help and support people experiencing these disorders, primarily about how to “avoid bad outcomes.” But there’s another discussion that’s just as important: talking with the people who live successful lives in spite of such illnesses — people such as Gabe Howard. His keynote, “This Bipolar Life,” is an eye-opening presentation from the perspective of someone living successfully in spite of bipolar disorder.
- Law enforcement generally sees people with mental illness in crisis, they need to know we can — and do — get well
- People with mental illness have a unique set of challenges — we can’t just “take our meds” and get better. Not all setbacks are because of our lack of dedication to wellness.
- People with mental illness come from all walks of life and from all types of homes.
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* Their is an optional Q&A section that allows Gabe and the audience to connect on a more personal level and directly answer questions that may be on the officer’s minds.