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Episode 4 – An Interview with Mental Health Advocate and Certified Peer Specialist, Michael Solomon

Episode 4 of OC87 Recovery Diaries on the Radio features an interview with mental health advocate and author, Michael Solomon. Solomon, who wrote the book, It Comes from Within, suffers from bipolar disorder but has been in recovery for many years now.

Telling his story is what comes natural for Solomon. He is a regular speaker for the In Our Own Voice presentations which are sponsored by NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) and he is a key mental health activist and speaker in the Philadelphia metro area.


EPISODE 4 – An Interview with Mental Health Advocate and Certified Peer Specialist, Michael Solomon

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During this podcast interview, Solomon speaks to such issues as coping with a mental illness, how not to define yourself by your illness, and some of the biggest misconceptions the public has about those who are living with mental challenges.

OC87 Recovery Diaries on the Radio co-host Bud Clayman calls Michael Solomon, “a beacon of hope.” Clayman says, “Michael has moved past the revolving door of recurrent hospitalizations and has truly built a meaningful life for himself. In particular, he has gotten married and found a wonderful life partner in his wife, Judy. He is someone to truly look up to and I admire all that he’s done for the mental health community.”

OC87 Recovery Diaries on the Radio is honored and proud to have Michael Solomon on its fourth episode.


Other mental health organizations that Mike Solomon is affiliated with:

Tikvah/Alliance for the Jewish Mentally Ill (but serves all denominations)

Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES)

NAMI Montgomery County

Certified Peer Specialist Training links



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