Mental Illness Isn’t Attractive, But It’s Real

In 1987, I arrived at Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, in the back of a police car. I was wearing nothing but a blanket the police had wrapped me in after finding me wandering the streets naked.

The start of my journey to mental wellness certainly wasn’t glamorous or attractive, but it’s real.

That’s why I started my Online Video Discussion Groups. Whether you’re a caregiver or someone with lived experience, you know all too well what mental illness can take from you.

There’s a lot you can get from it, too.

By becoming a member of an Online Video Discussion Group, you’re choosing to surround yourself with a positive support system. These are people who face the same challenges you do. Together you’ll share strategies, swap stories, and find a sense of community among people who “get it.”

Coming Together For Recovery

Online Video Discussion Groups bring caregivers and individuals with lived experience together for a unique recovery encounter. By including perspectives from both sides of recovery, everyone benefits.

Online Video Discussion Groups give caregivers and people diagnosed with a mental illness a safe, productive place to meet for 90 minutes each week so they can talk and support one another. You’re encouraged to ask questions, share your challenges, and offer support to others in the group.

Small groups sizes allow participants to get to know one another and build positive relationships rooted in trust and understanding.


Get Social on Social Media

Helping Parents of Mentally Ill Children is our Facebook group.

Join the Facebook group now and meet other caregivers who are supporting a loved one through their recovery.

The Helping Parents of Mentally Ill Children Facebook group gives you a place to connect with others who share your interests in mental health. The group is casual and friendly; and is the perfect place to ask questions, share resources, and learn from others.

The "Helping Parents of Mentally Ill Children" Facebook group is also the place I go live every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST for an interactive discussion on mental health and recovery. I’m often joined by guests who have lived experience or work in the mental health field. If you’d like to be a part of one of these Facebook Live events, feel free to contact me.

Recovery Resources for Parents

The secret to recovery ebook cover

The Secret to Recovery
Free eBook

Helping a loved one as they embark on the road to recovery isn’t easy. As a caregiver, you may feel unappreciated, but your support is so important to your child. In this free ebook you’ll learn how helping your son or daughter find a sense of purpose will help them as they rebuild a new life that includes their mental illness.

To Cry a Dry Tear: Bill MacPhee’s Journey of Hope and Recovery With Schizophrenia

Published in 2014, To Cry a Dry Tear details Bill’s own frightening path to psychosis when he was 24 and his journey back to a happy, fulfilling life. The book features actual medical notes from Bill’s mental health team, his family, and friends. A must read for every caregiver!

To Cry a Dry Tear, a Book On Living With Schizophrenia