Doug Beach, the President of Pathways to Hope, Hopes to Break the Stigma of Mental Illness
On this episode of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, Pastor Brad Hoefs talks with the President of Pathways To Hope, Doug Beach. Doug talks about the community-wide initiative that is helping break the stigma of mental illness so that people will seek treatment sooner. Discover how Doug’s son’s battle with depression and mental illness led him down a path to helping others with mental illness, as well as helping communities become more compassionate to people who suffer from mental illness. It all started with NAMI FaithNet – an interfaith resource network who wishes to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness. Doug Beach: pathwaystohope.net Nami FaithNet: nami.org.
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Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com
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