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From Self-Termination Watch to Recovery: “This Isn’t Me Just Being Broken”

Unaware that he was struggling with a mental illness and having closed himself off from friends and family, Joel Richard didn’t want to live anymore. Joel shares his mental health journey with us from rock-bottom despair to recovery and how becoming a NAMI In Our Own Voice presenter became one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.

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