Mental Illness Awareness Week October 5-10, 2020

A Virtual Rally For Recovery – Join Us in the Art of Hope

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Maggie Newcomb
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Chocolate Pudding in Heaven: The Intriguing Journey of My Bipolar Mind

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Description:  Maggie Newcomb Raine is Speaker, Comedian, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate

A virtual talk with author Maggie Newcomb on her journey from bipolar disorder and psychosis to stability and joy, described in her book Chocolate Pudding in Heaven. With dignity, humor and compassion, Maggie tells the inspiring story of her life with mental illness, solutions she has found, and ways we can end the stigma.

Maggie says “I want to spread the word that mental illness can be managed and doesn’t have to stop people from living the life they want. I believe that we, as a society, need to end the stigma so that people can get the help they need. I want all people to be proud of who they are no matter what they have been through.”


Maggie Newcomb Raine is Speaker, Comedian, Writer and Mental Health Advocate. She advocates for mental illness acceptance and mental health recovery through her speaking presentations, blog and book, Chocolate Pudding in Heaven. Maggie has a BA in International Relations from UC Davis and an MA in Adult Education from San Francisco State.

Maggie got her start in public speaking as a stand-up comedian in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003. She won a comedy competition hosted by the San Jose Improv in 2004 and was a semifinalist in California’s Funniest Female competition in 2005. She worked major comedy clubs, corporate events, and charity functions all over Northern California, including opening for the industry’s best comedians.

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You can watch the full program below!