Keris Myrick - Conquering Mental Illness With Advocacy: A New Hero

A MUST READ: Keris is an inspiration to me. I hope to one day overcome my impossible stage fright to speak publicly about my illness. What an amazing woman, and an amazing story. Bless you, Keris! Let all of us hold onto hope.
Mental-health advocate is also a symbol of recovery

By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2012, 3:25 a.m.

“For much of her life, Keris Myrick has tried to silence the voices that filled her head with suicidal thoughts and repeatedly sent her to a psychiatric hospital.

But now, Myrick, 51, who has schizo-affective disorder, is embracing one voice that has grown loud and clear — her own. And as she becomes a symbol of recovery and strength in the face of mental illness, others are listening to what she has to say.

Members of the nation's largest mental health advocacy organization, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, recently elected her their board president, giving the Pasadena resident a critical role in pushing for education, policy changes and better access to mental health care. The position is on top of her full-time job as chief executive of a nonprofit that provides peer support to thousands with mental illness in Los Angeles County.”

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And many thanks to Anna Gorman of the LA Times for covering this story.