Understanding Mental Illness
WRNI – All of us know of friends, acquaintances, and, perhaps, relatives who have struggled with mental illness. It's a fact of life, and the challenges of debilitating depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other struggles rear their head in every walk of life and, potentially, in every family. Matt Flaherty experiences these challenges every day.
Matt Flaherty was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 19. He is an active participant in the Save Our Mental Health Services coalition, which educates the public about mental illness and advocates for improved mental health care. He is also a member of OASIS, a peer support and advocacy center for people with mental illness.