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Having Hope After Being Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder


This is the story of Shireda Thorpe.

As a youth, Shireda Thorpe craved attention. One sure fire way to get attention, she realized, was to do things that got her into trouble. Her actions were a cry for help that went unrecognized. For years she acted out on this negative energy. It was all she knew, and it caused a great deal of pain and trouble in her life. She seemed to be running from something, but she didn’t know what that something was.  (more…)

Father Figures, Forgiveness & Mental Health Recovery


Levi Lee & Jaywan Sheppard

Levi Lee is a mental health therapist whose area of expertise is in working with young people. “I entered the field because I wanted to help my community — especially the youth,” he says. Levi feels that the voices of young black men in his community are often misunderstood. “Others see the wounded individual. They see the behaviors: poor decisions, wrong choices. What I see is a little soul trapped in a box, a soul that needs an opportunity to tell their story.”  (more…)

A Certified Peer Specialist Living With PTSD


OC87 Recovery Diaries and Philadelphia public television station WHYY teamed up with first time filmmakers from area mental health and wellness organizations to create original, short films that detail journeys of recovery and transformation. We are thrilled to present the first of this year’s four projects: Open Eye Portraits: My PTSD Survival Story, by Brenda Lewis and Sheila Hall Prioleau, from RHD United Peers.


Eric Cureton’s Journey to Independence


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1. Change from one form, state, style, or place to another.

intr.v. tran·si·tioned, tran·si·tion·ing, tran·si·tions
1. To make a transition.

Eric Cureton’s life — like all of our lives — can be viewed as a series of transitions. He and his video partner Richard Canty decided to use the idea of “transitions” as a structural device to tell Eric’s story.

Eric lives with schizophrenia and has a history of substance abuse.

Hello my name is Eric Cureton. I’m 37 years of age and this is my story.


Drugs affected my life in such a way that I would neglect my body. All I wanted to do, ALL I wanted to do was to have fun.


I wouldn’t take care of myself. I couldn’t hold a relationship. I burned all my bridges. I lied, cheated, and stole.

Watch Eric’s Video & Read More

Drawn to Forgiveness

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Ron Thompson is a fascinating guy — an artist with a pen, a poet with words. His video, Drawn to Forgiveness, incorporates both of these strengths. It is about his journey from “a dark and angry place” to forgiveness.

Ron and his production partner, Sharon Taylor are from Horizon House in Philadelphia. Horizon House serves adults with psychiatric or developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, and those that have experienced homelessness.

Ron’s video is part of the collaboration between OC87 Recovery Diaries and public television station WHYY. The partners teamed up with first-time filmmakers to create a new series of videos that tell inspiring journeys of recovery.

I felt that I was angry at everyone. I was so depressed. I felt like I was alone. I was unhappy.

Read More & Watch Ron’s Video