21 October 2013

Upstate man’s bipolar battle leads to new website, book

Paton, Marie, Nobel 2011 NAMI SC award

From WYFF4, on Oct. 17th, 2013

Blough with his wife and their son after he was awarded NAMI’s Best Recovery Member of 2011

GREENVILLE, S.C. —A Greenville man who dealt with mental illness for years, and hit lows that included hospitalizations and incarcerations, is now helping the police and is seeking to be an advocate for others with mental health issues.

Many in the Upstate know Paton Blough, who attended Bob Jones University, from Bullmoose Tree Company, the successful tree service he built starting in the late 1990s.

This week, Blough announced that he has left his work as an arborist to work as a mental health advocate.  He launched a website, rehinge.com, that he says he hopes will help others with mental health issues find inspiration, education, hope and help without fear of stigma.

Blough says he did not discover that he has type I bipolar disorder until he was 26. He says he experienced severe levels of psychosis that led to suicidal lows, reckless mania and extreme paranoia resulting in altercations with police, arrests and imprisonment.  His marriage also ended and his business folded.

Bough says that in 2009, he met and married his current wife, Marie, and with her help got involved with groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and began his recovery.

“I believe my story provides a balanced model of recovery that looks at all vital mental health issues, including self-awareness, psychiatry and pharmaceuticals, counseling and therapy, diet and routine, honesty with loved ones and accountability and most importantly God,” Blough says,

He says despite having had multiple encounters with law enforcement, he now trains some of those same officers on how to de-escalate encounters with those suffering from mental illness. Since 2009, he has helped more than 200 Greenville County officers with Crisis Intervention Training.

Blough also plans to release a book about his experiences with bipolar disorder.

Read original article here.

About Rehinge

Rehinge exists to provide hope, education, and spiritual inspiration for all people affected with mental health issues and to fight stigma while pushing for global mental health reform.

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  1. Sir, the terms “All My Relations”, “We are all one”.
    I think you are Teaching that we all live in this place full of brainwaves and our individual signal must be Clear when we meet an individual like you who is in an overload of “Signal Input” Supernaturally Supersensitive,
    Bless whatever brought your voice to be heard, my darling brother, an incredible man, has been my teacher and your comment to those who have no understanding of this brutal condition have to Learn about the power of unconditional humanitarian love, and that anything less than true calm when faced with a Sensitive having an episode has got to be the epitome of honest caln and patience, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE TO BEGIN BEING OF HELP, to USA! Luckily, by the grace of the creator my darling Brother is in Sweden,

    Thank you! Loads of love to Mrs. Blough who sees you in all your Glory