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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.

“Simulation helps Mercyhurst students understand mental illness”

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This August 30, 2014 article on GoErie.com is about a group of Mercyhurst Students that went through Pat Deegan’s training called “Hearing Voices”.  The article includes quotes of the students’ views about the simulation.

“Showing Up for Recovery ” (Video)

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This video was uploaded to YouTube by Dr. Pat Deegan on February 9, 2012 and offers a message of hope for recovery while reminding us that medication isn’t a cure for mental illness but rather a tool to aid us in our recovery journey.

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“Anderson Cooper Goes Through A Harrowing Mental Illness Experiment”

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This June 10, 2014 article on the Huffington Post: Media website talks about a segment of Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN that aired on June 9, 2014, where Anderson went through an experiment to see what it can be like for someone who hears voices.  Dr. Pat Deegan designed the experiment to allow others to have a taste of what it is like for those who like Pat are diagnosed with Schizophrenia and need to deal with hearing voices day in and day out.

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Anderson Cooper, primary anchor of the show AC360 on CNN, poses with a fan during the Obama Inaugural in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Patricia Deegan’s amazing story”

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This YouTube video was uploaded on August 8, 2013, but I’m not clear about who uploaded it.  The description which appears to be Hebrew translates to “A fascinating lecture from a woman patient with schizophrenia who is also Dr. psychology.” when I run it through Google Translate.  The video itself is in English though, and is of Pat Deegan discussing her story of being diagnosed with Schizophrenia in contrast to what the mental health system often offers people with mental illnesses and includes suggestions she has for how to change or improve the system.

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This video uploaded on December 11, 2011 to YouTube by seedsemotions, is of Dr. Pat Deegan giving a presentation on recovery from mental illness.




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