Living Through an Episode

When dealing with a serious mental illness, speaking out and sharing common experiences can help healing.

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, talks about how finding a community and sharing experiences can help people going through an episode.

Dr Noonan is a physician consultant and Certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of four books and a blog on managing depression, most recently Helping Others With Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do (December 2020). Dr Noonan offers peer counseling to fellow patients, including physicians and other professionals, and can be confidentially reached through her website at