8News Special: The Faces of Recovery

Left: Tim Glover watches a home video recorded in 1997, just a few years into his battle with Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder. Right: Carla Heath reads through poetry she wrote during her darkest period before being diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder.

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — An estimated 300,000 people are living with a mental illness in our region.

Carla Heath is just one of them.

“I started to believe somewhere in there that my teeth had been bugged by the dentist and that I had people following me and monitoring me everywhere I went,” Heath describes the nine-month psychotic break she experienced in 2000.

Despite dealing with challenges unimaginable to many of us, these members of our community are thriving and using their experiences to help others walking down similar paths.

“Mental illness affects everything,” says Tim Glover, who is living with Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder. “You really need a support system.”

8News spoke extensively with both individuals about their conditions. You can watch both reports in the above and below videos.

8News Anchor Amy Lacey is taking the mental health conversation to the airwaves. There are thousands of people in Richmond living with mental illness who are thriving, despite fighting their own personal battles. Join these Faces of Recovery to help break stigmas in our community.

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