Are you the parent or family member of someone living with a mental illness? If you’re looking for support and education so you can better understand what your loved one is going through, join my free Facebook group, Helping Parents of Mentally Ill Children. It’s where you’ll connect with others just like you who are learning to live with a loved one who’s been diagnosed with a mental illness.
Helping Parents with Mentally Ill Children is a community—a safe place for you to share your experiences and engage in dialogue so you can feel connected and understood by others who know the stress mental illness can put on a family, and share in your triumphs when things are going well.
Every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. EST, I go live in the group to talk about a different aspect of mental illness to give you a better understanding of what your family member is dealing with. Among the topics I talk about are:
I’m open to your suggestions for topics, too! Like the Helping Parents with Mentally Ill Children Facebook page and make sure to join me on Sunday nights to learn more about mental illness and how you can help your child or loved on live their best life.
To Cry a Dry Tear
The first chapter of my book, To Cry a Dry Tear is available to read absolutely free. This book gives a raw, real account of my own experience with schizophrenia, including my first break from reality in late 1986. In February 1987, I was found wandering the streets, naked and shouting religious slogans, trying to prove my worthiness to God. What could have been going through my mind to be in such a state?
It’s all in the book, as well as the actual notes taken by my psychiatrist and nurses, plus commentary from others who have been affected by my mental illness over the years, including my parents, my family, and my friends. To Cry a Dry Tear isn’t just a story of survival. It’s a story of hope for anyone who’s been diagnosed with a mental illness or knows someone who has. It provides a unique look at schizophrenia and mental illness the way no other book can.
Journey of Hope
To Cry a Dry Tear: Bill MacPhee’s Journey of Hope and Recovery With Schizophrenia, reveals the truth about living with a mental illness. Being diagnosed with a mental illness doesn’t mean you can’t live a full, happy, and successful life. It means you have to live a full, happy, and successful life that takes your mental illness into account. Bill’s childhood passion for swimming led him at the age of 19 to the South China Sea where he began a promising career as a commercial deep sea diver in Singapore.
The future looked bright for Bill, already living his dream before his 20th birthday. Five years later, Bill was living a nightmare inside the walls of a psychiatric ward.
He was trapped in a world of illusions, delusions, paranoia and depression thanks to schizophrenia.
He was taken to hospital six times and lived in three different group homes as a result. At one point he tried to end his life, feeling helpless and hopeless because of the life he left behind and what seemed to be a bleak future ahead. But Bill held on to hope. He came to terms with his mental illness and used it as a springboard to a life more rewarding and full than he ever could have imagined.
Now a recovery expert, Bill has helped thousands of people through his work and publications. His first book, to Cry a Dry Tear, gives you a clear, vivid understanding of schizophrenia and what goes on in the mind of someone experiencing a psychotic episode.