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Ted Coburn’s Testimony

posted Nov 8, 2018, 10:30 AM by Website Director   [ updated Nov 8, 2018, 11:07 AM ]

What happened during that Oct. 8, 2001 flight made news around the globe.
Ted Coburn became the world’s latest face of fear.

Ted,Chicago Sun.Times
Learn what happened that day and more importantly find out how Ted is doing today. Here is just a brief sampling of a much larger article found at the Chicago Sun Times

ByRobert Herguth
@RobertHerguth | email

At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Edward A. “Ted” Coburn was a 31-year-old field support engineer for a division of Rockwell Automation.

He programmed machines used in manufacturing, helping clients like Budweiser, Intel and Campbell Soup “get what they want” from the equipment.

Coburn got that “job of my dreams” after graduating from Purdue University with near-perfect grades.

But the workload and travel were grueling. He was away so much he says Fresno, California, where he lived, wasn’t home as much as it was where he “worked out of.”

On Sept. 11, 2001, Coburn was working from his apartment on a rare day “there was no pressing thing” at work.

He found himself glued to his TV and the images of planes slamming into the World Trade Center, the towers collapsing.

The attacks seemed to flip a switch inside Coburn. Over the following weeks, his mental health spiraled. His father, alarmed, decided to fly him to Chicago, then head to Indiana to get treatment near family there.

What happened during their Oct. 8, 2001, flight made news around the globe. Ted Coburn became the world’s latest face of fear.

But he was no terrorist. Suffering from delusions that one of the pilots and some passengers were intent on downing the jetliner, Coburn charged into the cockpit — still possible then before their doors were reinforced in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

But Coburn was quickly subdued. As fighter jets scrambled to escort the aircraft to O’Hare Airport — a British tabloid headline proclaimed “Fighter escort in cockpit drama.”

Coburn was arrested. But, after 20 months in federal prisons and hospitals, he was acquitted of criminal charges because of mental illness, which Coburn by then had discovered included bipolar disorder.

Now 48 and living in Indiana, Coburn has spent the past 15 years rebuilding his life and trying to help others who, like him, deal with mental illness.

“I clearly see that millions of Americans with mental illnesses struggle to get the kindness and compassion that other illnesses, such as cancer, bring,” says Coburn.

In a series of interviews, he spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times to try to combat the “stigma” surrounding mental illness, which he says “holds many people back from getting the help they need.”

Please watch both videos and read the whole article, and see how much of a difference getting help for your loved ones can make

Reducing the Stigma

posted Oct 3, 2018, 3:36 PM by Website Director   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 3:50 PM ]

In May 2018, NAMI member, Cynthia Gabbard, interviewed with community radio host, Gena, on her weekly program called Speak Now: Jammin With My Jazz. Once a month, Gena focuses on mental health issues in the attempt to help reduce stigma.

Cynthia discusses her lifelong journey with bipolar 1 disorder. “After many years of battling depression, I find myself a mentally ill mother as well. I talk about raising my two children on a wing and a prayer and with much help and support from my family. I discuss empty nesting and the steps I have taken to heal and empower myself.”

Finding Peace By Cynthia Gabbard
Finding Peace“I'm not out of the woods yet
--I never will be totally--
but I certainly have found a clearing,
where the sun is shining brightly,
even through the occasional cloud.
What a Relief! What a blessing!”

Join the movement

posted Dec 24, 2015, 6:07 AM by Website Director   [ updated Dec 24, 2015, 6:07 AM ]

NAMI | National Alliance on Mental Illness - Donate Today NAMI  | National Alliance on Mental Illness
Dear NAMI Supporter,

Mental illness affects everyone, nearly 60 million Americans every year. I know personally what that feels like.

In 1999, I revealed my own diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and my ongoing struggle with addiction. It’s hard to talk about because of the stigma associated with mental illness. Ultimately, I wrote about the challenges I faced in my book, A Common Struggle, to help me better understand my own experience and inspire others.

Too often, we’re afraid to talk about mental illness. Some face shame and discrimination for their mental health conditions. As a result, many don’t access the care they need.

With your support, NAMI is working to change that.

They are educating the public and bringing awareness to mental illness, advocating for more scientific research funding to improve treatment and offering resources to individuals and families affected by mental illness through education and support programs like NAMI Family-to-Family and the NAMI HelpLine.

These programs are making a difference — letting people facing mental illness know that they are not alone and offering hope and understanding to replace stigma and fear.

This holiday season, please continue to support this important work with your generous donation.

When I went public with my story, NAMI embraced me as part of their extended family. And I’m proud to have worked alongside NAMI to combat the stigma associated with mental illness and advocate for a more just and fair mental health care system.

But we need you with us. In order to change the way people view mental illness, we must build a movement of support that is too strong to be ignored.

I hope you’ll join me this holiday, and help send a gift of hope to people affected by mental illness today.
(portrait) Sincerely,
Patrick J. Kennedy
NAMI | National Alliance on Mental Illness
stigma free

"I love this group..."

posted Jul 21, 2015, 8:31 PM by NAMI Fort Wayne Web Director   [ updated Jul 21, 2015, 8:35 PM ]

100+Women Who Care
Dear NAMI friends, Tonight I invited Kathy Bayes to speak at a group that I belong to called 100+ Women - a National organization with a local group. We gather four times a year and by nominating and listening to three presentations at each of the meetings we vote for a nonprofit organization and then each of the women write a check to that organization for $100. Well,,,,,, I didn't realize that Kathy couldn’t speak, but that I, a member and person nominating the organization had to speak! So I took Kathy’s handouts and prayers from Anne Koehl (Women’s Care Centers director) that the Holy Spirit be with me and I spoke from my heart! We were the winners!!!  That means that a check in the neighborhood of $6500 will be presented to NAMI Fort Wayne at our next meeting in October!! I love this group and I was able to articulate the significance of its presence here in Fort Wayne!!  I am so proud of all this group has done and that I am a part of it! Hugs, Kellie

   Dean and Kellie Stanley

Hope for Schizophrenia

posted Jun 26, 2015, 7:40 AM by NAMI Fort Wayne Web Director   [ updated Jun 26, 2015, 7:45 AM ]

The Inside Story


Brandon Staglin went from brilliant engineering student to institutionalized. Over the next decade he fought his way back, to help found a leading brain research organization.

The unfiltered hard truth of the onset of schizophrenia but for Brandon Staglin the story has a happy ending!

link to Video

   IMHRO as mentioned in this video.

BPD Recovery

posted Jun 23, 2015, 9:34 AM by NAMI Fort Wayne Web Director   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 9:40 AM ]

Debbie, who wrote this letter, no longer meets the criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder.
She overcame through learning DBT skills and now teaches them at www.DBTpath.com

The views and opinions expressed in this article/video are those of the authors and may or may not reflect official NAMI policy, practices or philosophies.

Youn, Black and Bipolar

posted Jun 8, 2015, 9:43 AM by NAMI Fort Wayne Web Director   [ updated Jun 8, 2015, 9:50 AM ]

>Story from NAMI's Not Alone website.<
 I decided to share a secret that many Black people are not able to share with anyone, not even their loved ones. My secret is that I live every day with Bipolar I Disorder but I suffered in silence because in our community we are considered nothing short of crazy. That’s it. There is no help just a quick dismissal that you are crazy.

I didn’t want that, not anymore. You see, on Feb. 20 my bipolar mania hit an all time high...   >>> finish reading <<<

Corrie Ten Boom

posted Mar 18, 2015, 6:30 AM by NAMI Fort Wayne Web Director   [ updated Mar 18, 2015, 6:34 AM ]

“Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the fut
ure. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do. ”
― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place


posted Mar 4, 2015, 2:00 PM by NAMI Fort Wayne Web Director   [ updated Mar 4, 2015, 2:03 PM ]

DEAR AMY: Several weeks ago I read a letter in your column from “Angry Sister” that broke my heart. This young woman has been adversely affected by her sister’s instability and her frequent and disruptive moves back to the family home. She asked if she is a terrible person. No!

I grew up with a sibling who is mentally ill and is now considered disabled. With community support my sib lives in an apartment, with visits from our family members who help with housework.

At times we have had a strained relationship, until a year ago when I attended a Family-to-Family 12-week program provided by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

The volunteer facilitators have family members who also are ill, and the support was overwhelming. This led to my understanding, and brought both of us so much healing. There is no charge for this valuable program. You will do your readers a great service by providing this information: nami.org. -- Grateful

DEAR GRATEFUL: The family support offered through NAMI is excellent — I should have recommended it. Thank you for following up.

March 1, 2015
Appearing in Sundays Journal Gazette
"Ask Amy" Column

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