Special Encore Presentation: Journey of Hope and Recovery with Schizophrenia with Bill MacPhee, Founder and CEO of Magpie Media, Inc.
June 29, 2015
Hosted by Mary Woods
Five years after a blossoming career as a commercial deep sea diver in Singapore, Bill MacPhee found himself pacing a psychiatric ward, trapped in a world of illusions, delusions, paranoia and depression. He was 24 years old and diagnosed with schizophrenia. With the help of family, friends, medication and therapy, he began to embrace life again and took an interest in volunteer work and local politics. In 1994 he launched Magpie Media, Inc. and published the first Canadian issue of SZ Magazine to bring hope and information to people affected by schizophrenia. MacPhee will discuss living an active and successful life after a diagnoses of schizophrenia; the role of medication, therapy, family and friends during recovery; why schizophrenia has nothing to do with “split” or “multiple” personalities; “positive” and “negative” symptoms of schizophrenia; and causes, treatment and long-term prognoses of schizophrenia. For more information about schizophrenia, visit www.stopthestigma.ca
One Hour AT A Time
Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
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.