Obituary: William Anthony, 77

William (Bill) Anthony, Director of the Boston Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Professor at Boston University has died. He was 77. Everyone does not know his name, but many of his ideas have helped people recover from Mental Wellness and Chemical/Drug Addiction and leading successful lives.

Several years ago, I spoke with Mr. Anthony to clarify several ideas that I was confused about. Mr. Anthony was able to use his vast knowledge to assist me. For three decades, he was a leader in the Peer Movement.

I had the pleasure of knowing him and discussing various topics. His legacy will live on as long there are people suffering with Mental Illness and struggling to determine their own sense of wellness. Today, there are individuals studying and using William’s Rehabilitation Techniques. Thank you, Mr. Bill Anthony for all of your contributions making society a better place for everyone.

In 1993, Mr. Anthony gave Mental Health Recovery a long-lasting definition that continues to resonate today. “Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills and/or roles.” He continued by saying that, “Recovery is a purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness.” His legacy will live on as long as their people suffering with Mental Health Issues and individuals are studying Psychiatric Rehabilitation

He was smart and spoke with great understanding of subject matter. It was a wonderful pleasure to know him and converse with him. For one, I will treasure his writings, thoughts and exchanges always. Thank you Mr. Anthony for all of your contributions in Mental Wellness and Recover and making society a better place to live. Overall, he was kind, sincere, genuine and gracious with his time.

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