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In Conversation With Peers: Surviving Schizophrenia and Suicide Through Art
Although about 1% of people in the United States are affected by schizophrenia, many misconceptions still exist. Additionally, up to 55% of individuals who experience schizophrenia also report suicidal attempts. Negative stereotypes exist, but people who live with schizophrenia are not dangerous. In fact, they can live healthy meaningful lives. They can thrive in this world. Meghan Caughey is one example of this.

In her book “Mud Flower: Surviving Schizophrenia and Suicide Through Art” she shows the perspective of someone living with mental illness who survived extreme treatments. She speaks about her experience of being given up on by both the mental health system and family. But she defied all expectations. Meghan describes the role art played in her survival -- she grappled with how life can be either nurtured or destroyed by elements in our environment.

For our next “In Conversation With Peers,” we will listen as Meghan shares her battles and victories navigating a system as someone living with schizophrenia.

Mental Health America’s (MHA) “In Conversation With Peers” series is a dialogue by peers, for peers. A peer is someone we identify with based on their lived experience. This lived experience can be having a mental health condition, but it also includes gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, language, and even disability. Peer support allows a person to share this lived experience and lets people support one another. This mutual support is important to move toward long-term recovery.

Oct 26, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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