In A Candid Speech, My Son, Kevin, Describes His Experiences While Psychotic & His Ultimate Recovery

(10-14-19) So proud of my son, Kevin, who recently was invited to describe what “it feels like” to have a serious mental illness. He recounted his rocky road to recovery – how he broke into a stranger’s house to take a bubble bath, was hospitalized five times, arrested and shot twice by police with a taser – before his  “light bulb” moment when he accepted that he was sick and needed help.

He delivered his speech at the  Treatment Advocacy Center’s   2019 National AOT Symposium and Learning Collaboration in Columbus, Ohio. Thank you  John Snook,TAC’s CEO, for inviting Kevin to speak and D. J. Jaffe for recording Kevin’s speech.

Thanks to Kevin too for joining others willing to share their stories publicly. There should be no shame in having a mental illness. Only shame in not helping someone who does!




About the author:

Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

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