Friday, October 8, 2010

Retired businessman living with paranoid schizophrenia to discuss his struggle


An article posted yesterday by The News of Cumberland County (New Jersey, USA).
Special to The News

VINELAND - Robin Cunningham [pictured], a retired businessman living with paranoid schizophrenia, will discuss his struggle with the disease at a community education forum sponsored by the Cumberland County Guidance Center, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Chestnut Assembly of God, 2554 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland.

In this free public forum, "Hope & Mental Illness: A Personal Story," Cunningham will recount his long struggle with paranoid schizophrenia and give an intimate look at the world through the eyes of a person living with this disease.

After receiving his MBA, Cunningham began a challenging business career. Within three years, he advanced to the level of vice president and thereafter he served as a senior corporate executive officer with several international industry-leading corporations, or their subsidiaries, as well as a major Wall Street investment banking firm and a highly profitable commercial bank.

Cunningham's accomplishments are unusual given that at the age of 13 he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, in a time when the prognosis for individuals with this disease was dismal and the associated stigma was devastating.

Cunningham's life experience has provided him with intriguing insights into the human condition. Since his retirement, he has devoted himself to writing, public speaking and advocacy for the mentally ill. Numerous articles have been written about him and by him, including more than 100 expert blogs he prepared for www.schizophreniaconnection.com.

He currently serves on the New Jersey Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma, the NAMI New Jersey Board of Trustees, and the Governing Board of Greater Trenton Behavioral Healthcare.

Among others, he has appeared on Voices in the Family (WHYY) and in the BBC documentary "Voices in My Head."

In addition to his presentation, Cunningham will be answering questions from the audience.

Call Jennifer Gardner at (856) 825-6810, ext. 206, by Tuesday, Oct. 19, if you plan to attend.

For more information, call Mary Sauceda at (856) 825-6810, ext. 256.

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