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Hi My Name is Bill MacPhee and I am a Mental Health Recovery Expert
I am a Mental Health Recovery Expert. I have been hospitalized 6 different times, lived in 3 Group Homes, had a suicide attempt, and spent 5 years on the couch. Today I am Married and have 3 children and I am known as a mental health Recovery Expert. You may ask what is Recovery? A lot of people think that recovery is being stable on medication, going to school, or working part time. My definition of recovery is when you would not want to be anyone other than who you are today! That is Recovery and that is for everyone not just the mentally ill.
What makes me a mental health recovery expert you may ask! Well I was the founder and publisher of SZ magazine which was a magazine on schizophrenia for 22 years researching and publishing articles, success stories and travelling North America giving talks on Living with Schizophrenia. I have been to hundreds of conferences and have heard hundreds of speakers.
I am the author of "To Cry A Dry Tear" Bill MacPhee's Journey of Hope and Recovery with Schizophrenia" I am the Creator of the Bright Future Program, and also am a Coach. I live and breath recovery, recovery is my passion!
I have won the following awards.
Bill MacPhee has received the following awards, recognizing his dedication to mental health recovery:
- 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.