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Hope is Hear is the vision of Patrick John Keegan, a charismatic brother and friend who wanted to help other people just like him suffering from Bipolar Disorder. Patrick recognized that most families have been touched by someone suffering from this disorder in one way or another. Unfortunately, although well meaning, they are ill-equipped to respond to and support this unique mental illness. The majority of people suffering from Bipolar Disorder turn to drugs and alcohol to self medicate in order to control the highs and lows of grappling with mood swings.
As Patrick put it this way to his brother, "Most people are good and sympathetic. They send people like me to rehabilitation facilities to become sober only to have us return to the same environment that triggers the same dependence on drugs or alcohol due to our mental illness." He went on to say, "Wouldn't it be great to establish facilities where people like me could go after treatment to receive ongoing counseling and support as well as a path towards living productive lives with a stable job?"
Unfortunately Patrick lost his addiction battle before his vision could become a reality. Hope is Hear was created in his memory so that no other family has to grieve for a loved one afflicted with this disorder.
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