Alumni Spotlight: Grad Describes His Successful Battle With Mental Disease
Three years ago, Alex Silver's mother never expected to call the police to report a crime. She certainly never imagined that she'd be turning in her son for committing a serious felony.
Alex's official diagnosis was schizoaffective disorder. He was found not guilty of his crime by reason of mental disease or defect, but not until after he'd already spent more than a year behind bars. For the Silver family, it was a surreal experience which turned their worlds upside down.
Today, the tide has turned. Alex, a 2015 MRH graduate, is under the care of the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Facility in Farmington, MO. Through his time with structured counseling and guidance, he has gained an immense understanding of his mental illness and has learned techniques to manage a successful life. Through a program called the RESPECT Institute, Alex is learning to share his story of recovery, so he can be an advocate for himself and others in leading to a better public understanding of mental illness. His first speech was to an audience of more than 200 people.
Recently, Alex appeared on Farmington's news/talk radio station, KREI, as part of a segment related to Mental Health Awareness Month. You can listen to the full interview here.
We salute Alex for his uncommon courage and for his leadership, one of the missions of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.