NAMI 2018 Speaker Series

For an eighth consecutive year, NAMI Athens and the Friends of the Athens Public Library are teaming up to bring the Athens community some really super speakers.

Time:  6:30-8:00 PM

Location:  Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens, OH 45701.


March 29: Cecilia McGough. “I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia”

April 26: Amy Gamble. “An Olympian’s Journey with Bipolar Disorder”

August 30: Yvonne Crist. “Living with Bipolar 1 with Psychotic Features”



March 29:

Topic: I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia

Speaker: Cecilia McGough

Cecilia McGough

Approximately one percent of the U.S. population – including many students at universities such as OU – have schizophrenia. Terribly stigmatized and misunderstood, the disorder can ruin one’s life.  However, increasingly, many people today are standing up to the challenge and unfair stigma surrounding the disorder, accepting treatment, going into recovery, and living a productive and fulfilling life. This is certainly the case of Cecilia McGough, a Penn State student who, in good command of her schizophrenia, has founded a national organization – Students with Schizophrenia – which seeks to destigmatize schizophrenia and provide a safe venue in which students recovering from that disorder can organize.  For a preview of her talk, listen to her NAMI interview here.


April 26:

Topic: One Woman’s Journey with Bipolar Disorder

Speaker: Amy Gamble

Amy Gamble

Bipolar disorder – formerly called manic depression – effects between 2% and 4% of the U.S. Population. Featuring mood fluctuations from periods of deep depression, to normality, to wild mania (ill-considered spending, delusional thinking and behavior), it disrupts and frequently destroys the victim’s life. Yet, in spite of her disorder, Ms. Gamble, has two college degrees and 18 years’ experience working for Fortune 500 companies. Executive Director of NAMI, Wheeling West Virginia, she is now the author of Bipolar Disorder – My biggest Competitor: An Olympian’s Journey with Mental Illness.  For a preview of her talk, listen to her NAMI interview here.


August 30:

Topic: Living with Bipolar 1 with Psychotic Features

Speaker: Yvonne Crist

Yvonne Crist

Singer, author, actress, wife, mother and member of the Athens Photographic Project, Yvonne Crist suffers from Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression. Indeed, hers is the most serious form of Bipolar 1, featuring wild swings from highs to lows with psychotic features at both extremes. Yet, Yvonne is in good recovery and can talk with authority about the disorder which has afflicted her. For a sense of this talk listen to her interview here.