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Successful People with Mental Illness

Several Years ago our NAMI friends came out with a poster “People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives” listing famous and successful people with mental illness. The idea was to increase public awareness of the contributions of people with mental illness. The poster was also a confirmation that people with mental illnesses could accomplish anything. Equally, the poster helped “us” realize that a mental health diagnosis didn’t end our life’s potential. Read the rest of the article here.

  • Tom Harrell – jazz musician
  • Meera Popkin – Broadway Star
  • John Nash – Mathematician/Nobel Prize Winner
  • Albert Einstein’s son – Eduard Einstein
  • Dr. James Watson’s son (Dr. Watson is co-discover of DNA and Nobel Prize winner)
  • Alan Alda’s Mother (Alan Alda is the famous TV actor from the series MASH)
  • Andy Goram – Scottish Soccer Player/Goal Keeper
  • Lionel Aldridge – Superbowl-winning Football Player
  • Peter Green – Guitarist for the band Fleetwood Mac
  • Syd Barrett – of Pink Floyd
  • Alexander “Skip” Spence and Bob Mosley – both members of the 1960’s rock group Moby Grape (and Jefferson Airplane for Skip Spence)

  • Patricia Deegan PhD – Consumer movement Leader
  • Fred Frese– Phd
  • Daniel Fisher MD, PhD
  • Joe Meek – 1960’s British record producer
  • James Beck Gordon (Jim Gordon) – James Gordon had been one of the greatest drummers of his time
  • Charles “Buddy” Bolden – Jazz Musician
  • Antoin Artaud – Dramatist, Artist
  • Mary Todd Lincoln – wife of Abraham Lincoln (past-President of the United States)
  • Vaclav Nijinsky – Famous Russian Dancer
  • Roger Kynard “Roky” Erickson – of the Austin-based 1960’s group The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
  • Jack Kerouac – Author, was diagnosed with Schizophrenia
  • Tennessee Williams sister Rose Williams had Schizophrenia

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