Lynn Nanos is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in her eleventh year as a full-time mobile emergency psychiatric clinician in Massachusetts. After graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Social Work, she worked as an inpatient psychiatric social worker for approximately seven years. She is an active member of the National Shattering Silence Coalition that advocates for the seriously mentally ill population. She serves on its Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee committee and co-chairs its Blog committee.
Author Nilza Elita supports advocacy of mental health and raising awareness. She wrote about a character that suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in an effort to help normalize the two illnesses. Her book is also released this week. Go find her on Instagram and check out her book, “Dare to Imagine.”
She researched about both mental illnesses prior to and during her writing. She wanted the characteristics of her characters to be real.
Sarah shares her experience with learning that her childhood friends suffered from Schizophrenia post horrific crime. She shared the pain and confusion she suffered of not really knowing he had this illness until he murdered someone. She couldn’t figure out why she didn’t know and why he never spoke of it with her.
You’ll learn that through the podcast, it’s possible that she was the only voice not labeling him with his disease. She treated him as a friend and didn’t judge him.
Fascinating this true story is turned into a book, Solacium. Pick it up and listen to her share her story.