MARCH 16 LACDMH RADIO SHOW FEATURES DWYANE CLEMENTS

Tune in for the weekly “Free Your Mind Projects Radio Show” this Saturday, March 16, 2013, on the CBS radio station KFWB-AM (980AM) from 7:00-8:00 P.M.  The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is a proud sponsor of this unique radio show. 

Whether you’re in your car or at home, tune in and listen to the hour-long program designed to promote awareness on mental health issues.  This week, LACDMH Public Affairs Director Kathleen Piché will be co-hosting and will also be joined by Dwyane Clements. 

Clements grew up with a violent father who drank and took his frustrations out on his youngest son. As a result, he learned to fight, and, over the years, he fought consistently against bullies and to prevent others from seeing his fear. Along the way, he found methamphetamine, which gave him a sense of invincibility.

In 2002, he hit bottom after going into a violent rage and destroying his home. The police were called and Clements was taken to Augustus Hawkins on a 5150. He got sober and made his way to Rio Hondo Mental Health Center (RHMHC) where he received a diagnosis of Major Depression with Psychotic Features and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. He stated the hardest part of recovery for him was the stigma associated with getting help. He attributes much of his success in recovery to Jeff Johnson, L.C.S.W., the LACDMH social worker that helped him at RHMHC. Clements stated the most important part of his recovery is being free from addiction.

He volunteered for two years and was then hired by RHMHC as a Peer Advocate. Clements went to school for drug and alcohol counseling and is now a Substance Abuse Counselor for LA County Department of Public Health. He continues his road of hope, wellness and recovery in helping others with mental health and substance use issues.

If you miss the show, you can always listen to it archived on the Free Your Mind Projects website: http://www.freeyourmindprojects.com/category/radio/.

The “Free Your Mind Projects Radio Show” is always interested in possible guests and subjects to cover.  If you know of any persons in recovery or subject matter experts who would be good candidates for an on-air interview in a future show, please contact the LACDMH Public Information Office at pio@dmh.lacounty.gov.