Education. Understanding. Hope.
When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia more than 30 years ago, these words meant nothing to me. I didn’t want to know more about my mental illness. I couldn’t understand why it was happening to me.
Everything seemed hopeless. I felt hopeless.
There are plenty of things I still have to learn about the world and life, but how mental illness feels and affects families isn’t one of them.
If you’re a parent or family member who wants to understand and support a loved one struggling to come to terms with having a mental illness, you’ve come to the right place.
Recovery is a journey best travelled with the support of family and friends. It’s also a journey filled with many ups and downs along the way.
That’s why I wrote “The Secret to Recovery.” In this ebook you’ll learn how to help your child deal with being diagnosed with a mental illness and take the first steps toward a new, promising life filled with joy and success.
And it’s yours absolutely free.
“The Secret to Recovery” gives you honest advice on how to help your child regain find a purpose and regain their self-confidence. It all starts with knowing there’s something better for them. (And there is, I guarantee it!)
Let's Support One Another
It’s natural to feel isolated after a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Suddenly you’re learning to navigate a new reality—one that can be unpredictable and riddled with setbacks.
But there’s strength in numbers; finding others who share your struggles can help you deal with challenges that sometimes seem impossible to overcome.
It used to be that families had limited options when it came to finding support. You could join a family support group or seek individual therapy. Neither option is good for parents and caregivers who can’t leave their loved one alone.
Thanks to the marvel of the internet, discussion groups like the ones I host are easy to join and simple to attend.
Several discussion group times are available each week; pick the date and time that will work with your schedule and enjoy the benefits of belonging to a group that understands what you’re going through.
If you’ve been looking to connect with other family members who have a child with a mental illness, try out one one of my family discussion groups now at a special introductory rate of just $1 for 14 days.
Join The Conversation
Inside my Facebook group, “Helping Parents of Mentally Ill Children,” you’ll find a community of people just like yourself who want to help their children live their best lives.
The group is open to any caregiver who’s looking for resources and a place to connect and share. Plus, I go live inside the group every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST for an interactive discussion that often features guests from all over North America.
Recovery is tough. Not just for the person diagnosed with a mental illness, but for the people who care about them. My parents were pillars of strength for me when I was diagnosed, but I’m certain it was hard for them.
“Helping Parents of Mentally Ill Children” is a group of supportive, compassionate, and understanding parents and caregivers who share a common bond. And as the group host, my goal is to provide you with a safe place to share your stories, offer solutions, and celebrate victories.
To Cry a Dry Tear: Bill MacPhee’s Journey of Hope and Recovery With Schizophrenia
On my 19th birthday, I boarded a plane for Singapore in search of a deep sea diving career. I was kid who thought he was invincible; a young man who thought he knew where he was going in life and nothing could stop him.
Back then, I never would have dreamed mental illness would completely level me. I had no idea that a schizophrenia diagnosis was lurking right around the corner.
I also had no idea that being diagnosed with a mental illness was the start of a life I’d be so thankful for three decades later. That diagnosis didn’t end my life; it gave me the opportunity to build a new one where I could help others struggling to find hope.
The truth isn’t always pretty, but it’s important to be open and honest about mental illness. That’s why I wrote “To Cry a Dry Tear: Bill MacPhee’s Journey of Hope and Recovery with Mental Illness.”
Yes, mental illness can be hell. I’ve lived it. And I’ve survived it.