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“We Are All Connected: Reflection on Robin Williams’ Suicide”

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This September 30, 2014 post by Pat Deegan put into words so much of what I wasn’t finding words for with regards to the death of Robin Williams.  Pat’s post offers hope, compassion and understanding, without focusing on so much of what we initially saw in the media in the aftermath of Robin’s death.  For those who don’t know, Pat Deegan is a Psychologist, and is also a Consumer in that she has a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.  Due to her somewhat unique position, she is able to speak to both professionals and other people with mental illnesses, and has created the Common Ground software to help people with mental illnesses communicate easier with their psychiatrists.  The post is well worth reading, and like I said it isn’t your typical Robin Williams article.

Common Ground is in the top 5 finalists for the Scattergood Award!

The following is information posted by Dr. Pat Deegan about the status of the nomination of her Common Ground software for the Scattergood Award.  She is asking for people to cast a vote of support for Common Ground to get this award.  Here’s Dr. Pat Deegan’s words as she said them on facebook today.

We did it! We are one of the top five finalists in the Scattergood Foundation’s Innovation Awards. We couldn’t have done it without you! Your comments were fantastic.

Now we need your help again. The top winner – and financial prize is awarded based on the number of votes received. We believe we are an innovative and progressive team and we want you to vote for us. Just click on the link below, peruse the information about Common Ground, and then VOTE for us. Feel free to pass this information on to your friends and family, too. This is exciting. Thanks for your support.


There is a link on the nomination page that offers the opportunity to view a 3 minute video about Common Ground for those not familiar with it.
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