Share the Wealth with Madalyn: My Struggle with Mental Illness, Recovery, and Stigma: A Coming out Story
by Mark Chmiel
Psychosis is often glamorized in popular culture, but for those who have experienced it it’s anything but. Madalyn will share a personal experience of how it feels to be treated as a patient experiencing psychosis and later navigating recovery and stigma within the mental health care system and without. This is a deeply personal story but one that former patients rarely tell due to both the shame associated with the various labels of mental illness and the risk to personal and professional relationships–even those within the mental health field.
Madalyn earned a master’s degree in social work from SLU in 2013 while continuing to work in public media. She is currently focused on mothering her toddler and working, but hopes to transition to a career in clinical social work and advocacy, using her personal experience to improve patient care and reduce stigma. She’s been a member of the St. Louis Meditation Mindfulness Sangha for over four years.
Sunday 21 August
Potluck begins at 6:00 p.m.
Madalyn begins sharing at 6:45
At Sophia House
4547 Gibson Avenue
Forest Park Southeast
Please park at the west end of Gibson or on Taylor Avenue, or on the 4400 block of Chouteau.