Alternative Ways to Manage Mental Illness
March 1, 2010
Hosted by Mary Woods
Will Hall was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent a year in San Francisco's public mental health system. Will learned to live with his voices, visions, and difficult mental states without medications, and went on to become a leading mental health advocate who has spoken and organized internationally. Will co-founded the Massachusetts support and activism community Freedom Center, which offers groups and holistic alternatives such as acupuncture and yoga, and is on the coordinating collective of The Icarus Project. He has consulted in Argentina, Mexico, and Peru for Mental Disability Rights International. The author of the "Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs," Will has also appeared in the New York Times and National Public Radio, was profiled in the Newsweek magazine article "Listening to Madness," and is host of the FM community radio show Madness Radio (www.madnessradio.net). Will is a counselor in private practice and teaches and consults internationally. His websites include: www.willhall.net and www.madnessradio.net
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.