Living Well in Recovery

Bill’s quest for happiness, belonging and love; seasoned with some delusional thoughts and paranoia

Overview:

All members of this panel are individuals living well in recovery with a mental illness. Each has taken a different path to reach the point that they are at today. During this panel, each will have the opportunity to talk about their own journey and about those things that worked for them as they went from diagnosis to living well in recovery. One person will talk how WRAP (Wellness Recover Action Plan) contributed to his success. For another, the focus will be on the benefits of being a volunteer, while another panelist will explain the role the media has played in portraying OCD and how that impacts care for his illness.

Presenters:

Jeremy Fine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in PNP (Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology) and minored in Music. Sophomore year of college, he manifested the symptoms of OCD, and since then has given many presentations about his experiences to promote mental health de- stigmatization. Jeremy has had his research on the eects of prenatal cannabis exposure published in JAMA Psychiatry, and in addition, he studies the genetics of mental illnesses like OCD. He is currently taking a gap year while he applies to MD/PhD programs in Psychiatry and Neuroscience. In addition to continuing his research, this year he is working as a Behavioral Health Counselor at Eating Recovery Center/Insight to provide care to kids and adolescents with eating disorders, and he is also leading presentations with NAMI Chicago’s Ending the Silence program.

Bill Hood – After two years in Honors English at St. Benedict’s College, Bill transferred to UCLA’s Motion Picture Division and completed his MFA there. He subsequently worked in the field after starting his own company, Peregrine Production Services. The trauma of the death of his wife at age 26 led Bill to alcohol while at the same time he was experiencing reckless behavior and intense paranoia. Through treatment, NAMI, and friend Mary Ellen Copeland, the creator of the WRAP program, Bill moved into recovery and is now a WRAP facilitator.

Antonita King is the Community Outreach Liaison for NAMI Kane- south, DeKalb and Kendall Counties. She finds great pleasure in volunteering and is fulfilled in knowing that she can give back even though she lives with disabilities. Serving the community in this way is a key element in keeping balance in her life.