This honor recognizes an individual with a history of significant leadership guiding the quality and improvement of health and wellness of others. This person has charted the journey with balanced direction while helping to navigate the course of advancing recovery.
Fred Frese, Ph.D. was honored with the Compass Award for being a public voice for people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. He is a consumer, provider, and passionate advocate seeking to decrease discrimination and promote a better understanding of mental illness. Dr. Frese experienced his first schizophrenic break while serving as an officer in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. For the next ten years, he was in and out of mental hospitals. In 1990, he began speaking publicly, sharing his experiences as a consumer/provider and coupling his professional knowledge with his own stories of treatment and discrimination. Dr. Frese supports others in telling their stories through his work as a psychologist, and works relentlessly to change attitudes and practices within the mental health field through his writing, local and national board memberships, and role as educator for professionals in the fields of health and criminal justice.
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