Today, Bethany works as an author, motivational speaker, and advocate for the mentally ill. Her goal is to be the voice of those with schizophrenia who have not yet recovered.
In July 2016, Bethany partnered with Dr. Henry Nasrallah to establish the CURESZ Foundation (Comprehensive Understanding via Research and Education into SchiZophrenia). Dr. Nasrallah serves as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at St. Louis University.
Bethany published her memoir, Mind Estranged, three years ago (July 2014). Since then, she has shared her story with the Vera French Foundation, Value Behavioral Health in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the “Seminar on Poverty and Homelessness in Cincinnati.” She has also been interviewed at conferences for physicians in Cincinnati (October of 2014) Las Vegas (December of 2014) and Chicago (April of 2015) and on Sirius XM Doctor Radio (May 2015).
Most recently, Bethany presented the Michael F. Avallone, D.O., Opening Session for the 108th Clinical Assembly of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA).
Bethany also presents to churches, religious audiences, and for community events. In October of 2015, she shared her story of homelessness and social reintegration with scholars at Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, Indiana) who work to empower impoverished communities. She has spoken for Cincinnati’s City Gospel Mission, and for chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) throughout Ohio.
Bethany’s goal is to inspire those suffering from mental illness and their families, to educate the community, and to help mental health providers better understand what their clients may be experiencing. She stresses that schizophrenia is not only a mental illness, but also a physical brain disease, and that full recovery is possible today on medications.
University of Cincinnati
Bethany speaks regularly for third-year medical students at the University of Cincinnati, as a part of their rotation in psychiatry. She has shared her story for neuroscience students in the PhD program at the University of Cincinnati, and for UC’s resident doctors. In February of 2016, she presented a Grand Rounds lecture for the psychiatry department of the University of Cincinnati. Bethany has also been a guest speaker for a UC law school class focusing on mental health law.
Recently, Bethany began doing research in medicine again at the University of Cincinnati, where she is researching the link between antimalarial medications and rare psychiatric side effects. (Click here to read Bethany bio and to see a list of her published research articles).
Bethany maintains a blog focusing on her own story of mental illness and homelessness, including her current work volunteering with the homeless and mentally ill. Her blog includes a series called “The Homeless Experience,” another series called “Experiencing Schizophrenia,” and other essays.
Bethany loves to advocate for the “Housing First” initiative, a housing program for the homeless that saves money through reducing jail stays and emergency hospitalizations (see Money Talk, the Revolving Door, and Criminalization vs. Care).
Bethany has volunteered for the UC Medical Center since 2014. She also enjoys tutoring elementary school children.
In her free time, she plays the violin and viola, swims, and practices Mandarin Chinese.
To get to know Bethany better, check out her Facebook page.