39 minutes | Aug 21, 2020

Motherhood and Madness, The Impact of Mental Illness, with Miriam Feldman

Episode 80, we interview Miriam Feldman and discuss what it's like to raise a son with Schizophrenia, but really this applies to every family who faces challenges. Miriam recounts how she supported her family, marriage, career, her son and her own sanity during the most trying times of her life. We dive into  Miriam Feldman is an artist, writer, and mental health activist who splits her time between her Los Angeles studio and her farm in rural Washington state. She has been married to her husband Craig O’Rourke, also an artist, for 34 years and they have four adult children. Their 33-year-old son, Nick, has schizophrenia. With an MFA in painting from Otis Art Institute, Miriam founded Demar Feldman Studios, Inc., a distinguished mural and decorative art company, in 1988. At the same time, she built a strong career as a fine artist, represented by Hamilton Galleries in Santa Monica, CA. When Nick was diagnosed in 2004, Miriam became an activist and a writer. With first-hand knowledge of our mental health system, she decided to be an advocate for those who have no voice. She serves on the advisory board of Bring Change 2 Mind, the non-profit founded by Glenn Close, and writes a monthly blog for their website. Miriam is active in leadership at NAMI Washington and writes for their newsletters. She is a frequent guest on mental health podcasts and is active on Instagram, where she has created a community of family and loved ones dealing with mental illness Find Miriams book: "He Came In With It, A portrait of Motherhood and Madness" at all book outlets. Find more about Miriam at: www.miriam-feldman.com Find Bev & Heather at: Instagram: BitchesBeBrave, Facebook: Bitches Be Brave and www.bitchesbebrave.com. Email us at: Babesbebrave@gmail.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bitchesbebrave/message
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