Welcome to my podcast, "Silent Presence." Why the name, "Silent Presence?" To me, "Silent Presence" means many things. There is a moment in everyone's life when they just need a person to listen. No talking, no reasoning, no opinions...just to be present to listen. Let me tell you...I've been there many times, especially this past year. December 3, 2018 at 2:25am my life changed forever and ever since, I have been fortunate to have people in my life who continue to support me through the most devastating moment in my life. This was the day that my son passed away from an accidental overdose. Mental health and addiction are subjects that most people don't talk about to their family or friends. They're afraid of what someone will think or say so they remain silent. With this podcast, I hope to help break the silence and rid the stigma that exists today. The Silent Presence Podcast will allow others to share their personal stories of addiction and mental illness and how it affected them. It will provide a platform for other's to speak candidly about their own personal experiences. The podcast will also introduce listeners to a variety of experts in the field who will provide valuable information to those who are grieving or dealing with addiction or mental illness in their own lives. This podcast is a way for me to personally work through my own grief and help others along the way. It's also a way for all of us to develop new ways that we can begin our own journey of moving forward. Thank you for listening and I hope you find ways towards self improvement.
Rich Patricia has been working in the television, radio and digital media industry for over 32 years and has been a high school communications and film teacher for 23 years. He received his Bachelor's degree in Communications from William Paterson University and his Master's degree in Science and Classroom Technology from Wilkes University. He started this podcast about mental health and self improvement to discuss his journey and others towards a better life.
Bailey is my son (my angel) who passed away on December 5, 2018. He enjoyed family, friends, sports, fishing and the outdoors. He had the kindest heart and always put others before himself. His battle with depression eventually led to addiction as he used it as a form of self-medicating. Bailey will be remembered by many as a person with the biggest heart in the world. This podcast is dedicated to my son and to all of those who are suffering from addiction and mental health issues. My hope is that you find ways to find happiness and self improvement.
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