Episode 27 – Restoration and Advocacy with Deborah Geesling

Deborah Geesling, founder of P82 Project Restoration, has a heart for those with serious mental illness. Her family experience has given insight into the serious gaps in the mental health system.

As her advocacy developed, she readily identified housing as being one of the top barriers to obtaining a life with dignity. P82 Project Restoration is an organization created to fulfill the dream of opening a Christ centered home for people who suffer with chronic mental illness.

Her advocacy work has led her to speak at conferences, testify on government panels, and be mentioned in a number of publications.

Tony knows her personally through the Advocates for People with Mental Illness Facebook group.

Topics include:

How has her son’s mental illness impacted her faith development?

How did her advocacy develop?

What is the mission of P82 Project Restoration?

What does healing mean to you?


P82 Project Restoration – Deborah’s organization

Clearing in the Distance by Witold Rybczynski – book Eric mentioned about landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted

Advocates for People with Mental Illness Facebook group – Tony and Deborah participate in this active conversation

Episode 15 – Laura Pogliano, Caring for the Caregivers

Leader of a Facebook group with nearly 20,000 members, Laura Pogliano has the unique experience of professionally working with Johns Hopkins and personally serving her son who suffered from mental illness. Laura shares her passion for advocacy, putting it into the context of a social justice movement.

Laura’s Facebook group is Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses.

Laura’s Non-profit is

Some of the topics include:

How does her non-profit help caregivers?

How has the church shaped her family’s life experience?

What are drawbacks of the “Recovery Model” in mental healthcare system?

How does HIPAA impact families?

What does healing mean to you?

Show notes:

Lars and the Real Girl

Treatment Advocacy Center of Virginia

Video of Laura at John’s Hopkins

Next Show:

Chris Cole, Podcast Host of “Waking Up Bipolar