Hope Starts With Us: Schizophrenia and Coping with Comedy

NOV. 29, 2023

Hope Starts With Us: Episode 35

In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with social media influencer and mental health advocate Kody Green about his experience with schizophrenia and how comedy can help spread awareness and help people cope.

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Featured Guest:

Kody Green

Kody Green

Kody Green (He/Him) is 28 years old with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Kody is also a motivational speaker and content creator with over 1.5 million followers across social media platforms. He has struggled in the past with drug addiction, incarceration, and serious mental health issues.

In order to be a better advocate and speaker, Kody has been trained as a peer support specialist, recovery coach and suicide prevention specialist. Kody is also the host of the Unseen & Unheard podcast sponsored by Janssen.

Now, Kody shares his stories about his struggles and how to navigate through recovery, mental health issues, and life after incarceration. He chooses to pursue motivational speaking and mental health advocacy for schizophrenia awareness, drug recovery and second- chance opportunities because he has dealt with these struggles in his own life.


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About the Host:

Dan Gillison

Daniel H. Gillison, Jr.

Follow on Twitter: @DanGillison

Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. is the chief executive officer of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Prior to his work at NAMI, he served as executive director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) in addition to several other leadership roles at various large corporations such as Xerox, Nextel, and Sprint. He is passionate about making inclusive, culturally competent mental health resources available to all people, spending time with his family, and of course playing tennis.

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