Joseph built MHASP from a small regional advocacy agency with fewer than a dozen staff into one of the largest mental health associations in the country, including an array of peer-to-peer programs serving local, statewide, and national constituencies. From 1997 to 2007, he was its president and CEO.
Joseph has testified before U.S. Senate committees and has consulted in more than 30 States. He has served on the Executive Committee of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the congressionally appointed Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of People with Disabilities, which helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. He was a key player in the closing of Philadelphia State Hospital, which was an important step toward serving mentally ill people in the community, where—as neighbors, friends and family—they belong. As part of this effort, he also played a critical role in the successful struggle to get the dollars to follow the patients into the community, to establish what has become a model system of community-based services, including peer-to-peer services.
Joseph has received numerous honors for his leadership in the mental health community, including the prestigious Heinz Award for the Human Condition in 2005.
Jennifer made the difficult transition from being an isolated person struggling to cope with voices to becoming an outspoken mental health advocate, wife, and mother. Today, she speaks openly to the public about learning to integrate the experience of hearing voices and other extreme states into her life. She believes that the key to healthier and more inclusive communities is drawing on the wisdom that comes with lived experience of trauma and/or extreme distress through dialogue based on mutual respect.
Her passion lies in building a community where people who experience extreme or altered states can feel comfortable expressing these difficult experiences without fear of social rejection or reactionary consequences. This philosophy comes from her own journey to recovery through purpose and community, as well as seeing others in her community grow around her when given access to this type of support.
Jennifer grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and lives in nearby Rapid City with her husband and their 7-year-old twins.
An ordained minister and public speaker, he founded Real Publishing in 1989, which chronicled his experiences with addiction and mental health challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder from his military service, in the book, “A True Story: Hope After Dope, From a Drug Addict to a Doctor.”
Today, Robert is active in the Hope After Project, which works to foster an extensive social network that is user-driven, expert supported, and provides hope and help for individuals in distress and communities in crisis. He also participates in Real Urban Ministry, Inc., which provides technical assistance, training, and resources to more than 800 community and faith leaders through urban ministry programs.
A national certified counselor and licensed professional in Texas, Robert serves as an example to others for how to overcome addiction and impact the community. As part of his 40-year recovery journey, he learned that churches, educational institutions, and professional resources can all lead to an individual’s and a community’s success.
In the spirit of his favorite saying, “Let the manure of your past fertilize your present and you’re guaranteed a great crop for the future,” Drew founded the Turn-A-Frown Around Foundation (TAFA) to link individuals in isolation with a friend network. He believes that friendship is the missing link in wellness and recovery, and that ending loneliness is an achievable goal.
Drew began to pursue comedy as part of a promise to his daughter that he would never attempt suicide again. Eventually, he realized that he wanted to do more than entertain—he wanted to end loneliness for individuals isolated because of their disabilities, living in an institution, or falling through the cracks of society. His vision is to populate the world with Smile Stations, a gathering of volunteers who befriend lonely souls in need of unconditional love.
Drew has been invited to speak and perform his Jelly Donut Entertainment at nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, hospitals, colleges, prisons, on television and radio programs, and conferences.
At age 6, William was violently sexually assaulted by his neighbor. At age 10, he watched helplessly as his mother and 12-year-old brother were shot by his mother’s estranged boyfriend. At age 13, William attempted suicide and was hospitalized more than nine times to grapple with his trauma and severe depression. He often turned to violence, drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy relationships to cope. He credits his grandmother and countless others for helping to save his life.
William’s experiences and recovery have been featured on “Oprah” with Dr. William Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint, as well as CNN, HLN’s “In Session” and “Newsmakers,” BBC Worldwide, and in print publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, and countless news and media outlets throughout the world. In 2007, University of the District of Columbia professors Clarence Davis and Barbara Harvey founded The William Kellibrew Foundation to honor William’s work on campus and in the community.
Today, she is 24 years sober, and speaks in schools and juvenile halls on the importance of education and overcoming hardship—sharing her personal experiences with mental illness, addiction, and poverty. She has fought all over the world, including Beijing, China, where she won the International Boxing Association Championship, and in 2008 became the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) International Boxing Champion of the World at the age of 40.
That same year, she was awarded by the Governor of Zacatecas, Mexico (her mother’s home country) an outstanding achievement award for her role in sports and humanitarianism. The WBC also presented her with the 2008 “WBC Goodwill Ambassador” Award.
Most recently, Mia joined with Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (California) and former Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace for a mental health and suicide prevention training at Napolitano’s district office in Santa Fe Springs. She continues to promote the Mental Health in Schools Act and works with her foundation, the Mia St. John Foundation: El Saber Es Poder/Knowledge Is Power.
Lauren has experience working with youth and adults involved in the behavioral health system, as well as youth in the foster care, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. She has overcome numerous behavioral health challenges and has personal experience with the mental health system, from which she draws freely in her work in the peer world. She is a trained Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator, Anti-Stigma Project facilitator, and a Youth M.O.V.E. National consultant.
Lauren stands on committees including On Our Own of Maryland’s Public Policy in Mental Health Committee and Anti-Stigma Project, the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health’s Young Adult Council, the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration’s Maryland Peer Support Certification Workgroup, and several others as a young adult consumer advocate.
Through the five shorts named after each title character—Lucy (Brittany Snow), Eddie (Mitch Rouse), Allison (Sofia Vassilieva), Grace (Sarah Hyland), and Maggie (Jennifer Hudson)—powerful relationships built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness.
“Lucy,” directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, follows a law student with schizophrenia who begins her path to healing and a promising future.
“Eddie,” directed by Bonnie Hunt, delves into the world of depression as seen through the eyes of a comedian’s wife.
“Allison,” directed by Sharon Maguire, weaves together comedy and family drama as a daughter returns home from inpatient treatment.
“Grace,” directed by Laura Dern, explores bipolar disorder through the experience of a teenage daughter whose mother has the condition.
In “Maggie,” directed by Ashley Judd, a female veteran returns home from war to her son and father, only to struggle with the onset of PTSD.
Writers: Stephen Godchaux, Howard J. Morris, Deirdre O’Connor, Jan Oxenberg, Erin Cressida Wilson
Producers: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Chinoy, Jeff Freilich, Kristin Hahn, Marta Kauffman, Bernie Laramie, Jayme Lemons, Francesca Silvestri
Detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) are a modern-day crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Holmes escapes to Manhattan, where his wealthy father forces him to live with a sober companion. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license 3 years ago, Dr. Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people. In denial about his substance use disorder, Holmes has devised his own post-rehab regimen—resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson accompanies Sherlock on his jobs and provides him with support as he works on his recovery.
Writers: Peter Blake, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Robert Doherty, Liz Friedman, Mark Goffman, Jeffrey Paul King, Brian Rodenbeck, Christopher Silber, Craig Sweeny, Jason Tracey
Producers: Carl Beverly, Alysse Bezahler, Peter Blake, Corinne Brinkerhoff, John David Coles, Michael Cuesta, Robert Doherty, Jonathan Filley, Liz Friedman, Mark Goffman, Geoffrey Hemwall, Chris Leanza, Melissa Owen, Christopher Silber, Craig Sweeny, Sarah Timberman, Jason Tracey, David Yoneshige
Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), now working as an ESL teacher and thriving in recovery, is invited to return to the CIA to assist with a new threat to America. After arriving in Lebanon to participate in this mission, Carrie demonstrates her talent as an agent while working through bipolar disorder in such a high-stress and high-stake world. Successfully completing the mission and acquiring critical intelligence proving her suspicions about Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis)—now a U.S. Congressman Carrie co-leads the team to turn Brody back into an American intelligence asset. The season follows Carrie and Brody as they face the traumas of their past and the challenges of maintaining recovery when integrating back into society and the workplace.
Writers: Alexander Cary, Henry Bromell, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm
Producers: Liat Benasuly, Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Michael Cuesta, Maria Feldman, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Avi Nir, Katie O’Hara, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm, Ran Telem
The NCIS team is called in to investigate an altercation involving Marine Capt. Joe Westcott (Brad Beyer). As the investigation unfolds, the team determines that Westcott is dealing with post-traumatic stress following combat operations in Iraq, where a member of his unit was killed. Unable to piece together the details and absolve himself from responsibility, Westcott is mired in guilt. To get Westcott the help he needs, NCIS investigators seek professional help from a military doctor at the U.S. Naval Hospital who assures him that his condition is not unique, and he is not alone.
Writers: Nicole Mirante-Matthews, Gina Lucita Monreal
Producers: Donald P. Bellisario, Steven D. Binder, Shane Brennan, Frank Cardea, Avery C. Drewe, Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Mark Horowitz, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Nicole Mirante-Matthews, Richie Owens, Joshua Rexon, George Schenck, Mark R. Schilz, Reed Steiner, Christopher J. Waild, Scott Williams
Prompted by a lack of sleep that is affecting his broadcast performance, News Night anchor Will (Jeff Daniels) reluctantly agrees to see a therapist, at the urging of his concerned executive producer, MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer). Dr. Habib presses Will on the recent stresses at work, and learns that the biggest issue weighing on Will’s mind is a segment in which he essentially bullied a guest on the show. Dr. Habib senses that this incident triggered Will’s memories of his abusive father.
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Producers: Denis Biggs, Eli Bush, Dauri Chase, Christine Larson-Nitzsche, Lauren Lohman, Greg Mottola, Alan Poul, Sarah Rath, Paul Redford, Scott Rudin, Aaron Sorkin
Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) is an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Daniel has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and the way the mind works. He can see patterns and look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath.
Daniel considers some of the hallucinations brought on by his schizophrenia to be a gift that occasionally allows him to make connections that his conscious mind can’t process. At other times, the hallucinations lead him to behave irrationally. His condition and offbeat manner make it difficult for him to achieve the close friendships and intimate relationships he craves. He’s in his element when teaching or solving an intricate puzzle or coded message. But in unfamiliar situations, he can become overwhelmed.
With the support of FBI agent Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook), teaching assistant Max (Arjay Smith), and best friend Natalie (Kelly Rowan), Daniel works to find a balance between his profession and his journey of recovery.
Writers: Kenneth Biller, Amanda Green, Jason Ning, Jerry Shandy, Michael Sussman
Producers: Kenneth Biller, Nicole Carrasco, Amanda Green, Eric McCormack, Blake McCormick, Jason Ning, Mark H. Ovitz, Alan Poul, David Roessell, Michael Sussman, Stephen Tolkin
Adapted from Nick Flynn’s memoir, Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City, the film Being Flynn centers on Nick Flynn (Paul Dano), a young writer seeking to define himself, as well as his father Jonathan (Robert De Niro), absent from his son’s life for 18 years. Jonathan abandoned his wife (Julianne Moore) and child, served time in prison for cashing forged checks, found a job as a cab driver, and lost it due to his accelerating drinking. Facing eviction from his apartment, Jonathan reaches out to his son. Then, as quickly as he had appeared, Jonathan leaves again. Nick takes a job at a homeless shelter, where he finds purpose in his own life and work, thanks to the help of Captain (Wes Studi) and Joy (Lili Taylor). When Jonathan arrives one night seeking a bed, Nick’s sense of self and compassion falter. To give the two of them a shot at a real future, Nick has to decide whom to seek redemption for first.
Writers: Nick Flynn, Paul Weitz Producers: Dan Balgoyen, Caroline Baron, Michael Costigan, Nick Flynn, Kerry Kohansky, Meghan Lyvers, Andrew Miano, Jane Rosenthal, Paul Weitz
Based on Stephen Chbosky’s best-selling novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower spotlights 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), about to begin high school without his only close friend, who completed suicide several months earlier. In an attempt to cope with his friend’s death and his own anxiety of entering high school alone, Charlie begins writing letters to an anonymous stranger. He does not feel that he can lean on his parents (Dylan McDermott and Kate Walsh) or siblings for support, and laments that the only relative he ever felt close to was his Aunt Helen, who was killed in a car accident when he was 7 years old. At school, Charlie’s new friends, Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), introduce him to new experiences that he begins writing about. After it surfaces that his Aunt Helen had molested him, Charlie experiences an emotional setback and is hospitalized. His final letters close with a feeling of hope and determination: Although he can not change his past, he will shape his own future.
Writer: Stephen Chbosky Producers: Gillian Brown, Stephen Chbosky, Ava Dellaira, Chris Gary, Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, James Powers, Russell Smith
In Silver Linings Playbook, a family drama, comedy, and love story based on the best-selling novel by Matthew Quick, Pat (Bradley Cooper) has lost his house, his job, and his wife. After spending 8 months in a State institution on a plea bargain, Pat finds himself living with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro). He is determined to manage his bipolar disorder, rebuild his life, remain positive, and reunite with his wife (Brea Bee). When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl dealing with problems of her own after the unexpected death of her husband, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, silver linings appear in both of their lives.
Writers: Matthew Quick, David O. Russell
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Bradley Cooper, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon, Mark Kamine, Michelle Raimo Kouyate, George Parra, Michelle Raimo, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Renee Witt
In 1999, Bill Wilson was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Heroes and Icons of the 20th Century” for his role as co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). However, 65 years earlier, he was facing almost certain death from his uncontrollable drinking. At the time, the medical field viewed alcoholism as a symptom of deeper psychiatric issues, and alcoholics were treated with lobotomies, shock therapy, or imprisonment. Despite this, Bill found a way to sobriety and forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, AA grew from a handful of men to a worldwide group of more than 2 million men and women. Bill’s leadership eventually made him an icon within AA—and therefore unable to be a member of the anonymous society he had created. Through interviews, re-creations, and rare archival material, Bill W. traces Bill’s life through his 17 years of devastating alcoholism, the crucial years of AA’s founding and growth, his battle with depression, his experimentation with LSD, and his struggle with celebrity status.
Writers: Dan Carracino; Patrick Gambuti, Jr.; Kevin Hanlon
Producers: Dan Carracino, Mike Fox, Kevin Hanlon, Dahlia Kozlowsky, Laura LaPerche, Christopher Loughran
Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles, and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder in America today. Through a combination of intimate reality and revealing interviews, the documentary reveals what it feels like to have bipolar disorder—from exquisite feelings of grandiosity and sensuality to the depths of despair and depression. A journey from the painful to the painfully funny, the film puts a human face on the illness, opening an engaging, harrowing, and perception-changing view on those all around us who live in the shadows of bipolar disorder—our sisters and brothers, parents and friends, and ourselves.
Writer: Lisa Klein
Producers: Jane Bielke-Loll, Kristin Chambers, Lisa Klein, John Loll, Christine O’Malley
Running from Crazy is a documentary examining the personal journey of model and actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness. Through stunning archival footage of the three Hemingway sisters and intimate moments with Mariel herself, the film examines the remarkable, though often heartbreaking, Hemingway legacy. As Mariel comes to terms with the tragedies of her family’s past that have shaped the course of her life, deeply hidden secrets are revealed and truths emerge. Through it all, Mariel finds a way to overcome a similar fate for herself and her daughters.Producers: Madeleine Akers, Kelly Brennan, David Cassidy, Lisa Erspamer, Erica Forstadt, Jan Ippolito, Barbara Kopple, Oprah Winfrey
General Peter Chiarelli, United States Army (retired), has almost 40 years of experience designing and implementing American defense policy for the U.S. Army and Department of Defense, both in peace and during combat operations. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of One Mind for Research (One Mind) in 2012.
As commander of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Gen. Chiarelli was responsible for the combat operations of more than 147,000 U.S. and Coalition troops. He pioneered efforts to restore government, economic stability, and essential services during two tours in Iraq; exercised command and control of combat operations; and trained, prepared, and mobilized reserve forces for critical response operations.
As the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff in the Army, Gen. Chiarelli was responsible for researching, developing, and executing recommendations related to the Army’s behavioral health programs; specifically, its Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Program.
As the CEO of One Mind, Gen. Chiarelli continues to advocate for eliminating the discrimination associated with service members and Veterans seeking and receiving the assistance they need for the treatment of the invisible wounds of war: post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
Co-founded by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy and mental health advocate Garen Staglin, One Mind for Research is an independent, nonprofit organization bringing together health care providers, researchers, academics, and the health care industry—on a global scale—with the goal to rapidly develop better diagnostics, new treatments, and cures for all illnesses and disorders of the brain.
Representative Patrick Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is predominantly known as author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This dramatic piece of legislation provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment.
Now, Rep. Kennedy is the co-founder of One Mind for Research, a newly formed national coalition seeking new treatments and cures for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain afflicting one in every three Americans. One Mind for Research is dedicated to dramatic enhancements in funding and collaboration in research across all brain disorders in the next decade. This historic grassroots endeavor unites efforts of scientists, research universities, government agencies, and industry and advocacy organizations not only across the country, but throughout the world. Rep. Kennedy is bringing everyone together to design the first blueprint of basic neuroscience, to guide efforts in seeking cures for neurological disorders affecting Americans.
Rep. Kennedy is currently working on the inaugural Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health (scheduled for October 23–24, 2013) which will serve as a vehicle to celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act, the landmark bill that laid the foundation of contemporary mental health policy, and provide Rep. Kennedy with the platform to launch a bold, ongoing effort to advance the work President Kennedy began. Rep. Kennedy has authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act, the COMBAT PTSD Act, and the Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act.
Rep. Kennedy is a winner of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Distinguished Service Award, the Society for Neuroscience Public Service Award, the Peter C. Alderman Foundation Humanitarian Award, Centennial Award from the Clifford Beers Foundation, the Autism Society of America Congressional Leadership Award, the Depression and Bipolar Support Paul Wellstone Mental Health Award, and the Epilepsy Foundation Public Service Award. He is also founder of the Kennedy Forum, Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus and the 21st Century Healthcare Caucus, as well as co-founder of SAM-Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
David O. Russell is an Academy Award-nominated film director, screenwriter, and producer. In addition to Flirting With Disaster (1996), Three Kings (1999), and I Heart Huckabees (2004), Russell directed The Fighter (2010), a film that received seven Oscar nominations and features a character (Christian Bale) who struggles with serious substance abuse and addiction issues.
Russell’s latest film, Silver Linings Playbook, earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Director, as well as four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Screenplay. The film was informed by Russell’s own son’s experiences with bipolar disorder.
Discussing his son in a Forbes interview, Russell said, “It was very comforting to say to him, ‘I’m writing a movie that I think is about people like us and things we’ve been through.’ ... Instead of being in the shadows, he’d feel like it’s his story.”
In February 2013, Russell visited Congress to speak about reducing bias and discrimination and expanding access to services and treatment through the Excellence in Mental Health Act, a bill introduced in the wake of the Newtown, CT, shooting. On the same visit, Russell and Bradley Cooper met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss mental health care in America.
Following the success of Silver Linings Playbook, Russell says he’s been surprised by how many people have approached him with their own stories of mental health challenges and recovery.