Bill MacPhee Mental Health Recovery Expert

Recovery: When you would not want to be anyone other that who you are today - Bill MacPhee

Bill MacPhee lives and breathes recovery.  Diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 24, Bill has dedicated over 20 years to researching and publishing articles and success stories on living with mental illness. Bill has been hospitalized, had a suicide attempt, lived in group homes, and spent 5 long years sitting on the couch in his parents living room watching daytime TV.

Today, Bill is married, has 3 children, and is known as a Mental Health Recovery Expert. Bill is the author of "To Cry A Dry Tear, Bill MacPhee's Journey of Hope and Recovery with Schizophrenia".  Bill is the creator of the Bright Future Program, and is a successful Mental Illness Recovery Coach. He is the founder and publisher of SZ magazine, a publication on schizophrenia. Bill is in demand as a public speaker throughout North America and beyond, telling his story and spreading his message of hope and recovery to thousands of people in recovery, their families, and friends.  

Bill launched the Ambassadors for Mental Wellness advocacy group in 2016, a group dedicated to increasing awareness for mental health issues,  providing an outlet for those in recovery to learn, discuss, and access recovery resources on a local and global scale.

Bill’s efforts, leadership, and dedication to recovery have been recognized:

  • 2012 National Council Reintegration Award (Mentorship) – Celebrating the achievements of those in the community who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of individuals with serious mental illnesses, and the achievements of those living with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who battle tremendous odds to improve their own lives and the lives of their peers.
  • 2011 Kaiser Foundation National Awards for Excellence-Media Reporting – A national program honouring the outstanding work being done by Canadian organizations, communities and individuals who are engaged in the fields of mental health and addictions.
  • 2009 Transforming Lives Award (Center for Addiction and Mental Health) – CAMH Foundation honours extraordinary individuals who face mental illness and addiction with dignity and perseverance. By sharing their stories, award recipients and nominees alike help break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness and addiction.
  • 2007 Ontario Psychiatric Association Theodore Allen Sweet Award – Presented annually for outstanding service to the mental health system in Ontario.
  • 2005 National Alliance on Mental Illness New York State Distinguished Media Award(NAMI) – Presented annually to editors, producers, reporters, writers or actors who address issues or themes involving mental illness with accuracy, fairness, and compassion
  • 2005 FAME (Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere) Award  – Awarded annually to welcome new Honorary Members
  • 2004 National Alliance on Mental Illness Lionel Aldridge Award – Honouring those who show courage, leadership and service to a person living with mental illness
  • 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II  – Awarded in Canada to nominees who positively contribute to public life.
  • 2001 Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Recognizing economic, social, educational, and environmental achievements in the Niagara Region.
  • 2001 Canadian Mental Health Association Media Award – Honouring those in the media who have made outstanding contributions to the coverage of mental health issues.
  • 1996 Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Community Action Award – Honouring those who are furthering the rights of people who have a disability and promoting accessible, inclusive communities.

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