“I’m living in
the right time of the world.” said Hawaiian musician
Craig Willers. “100 years ago I might have been chained
to a bed,” Willers explained during his presentation
to HPU psychology students at the first 2008 Psychology Symposium
on Jan. 28. Willers’ lecture “Shattered Son:
A Story of a Surviving Schizophrenia and Hope”
Willers, 45, is also a songwriter and DJ and uses his music to
cope with his mental illness. In fact he played his own music
as well as talked about living with schizophrenia to an audience
that included faculty members, psychology students, and others
interested in learning more about the illness.
It gave me a new viewpoint on schizophrenia.” said psych
major, Ian Morris. “I thought this was a disease where
you could not live a full life. I learned that people living
with schizophrenia, on the right medication, can lead a normal
Dr. Vincent Tsushima chair of the psychology program organized
the event with the help of the Psychology Club and the HPU chapter
of the Psi Chi Honor Society. The Psychology Symposium Series,
Tsushima explained, was developed to allow students to hear and
speak with experts on topical psychology issues.
Tsushima explained that “it is important for our psychological
community to share and understand the life experiences of individuals.
Understanding the journey of an individual is like going to a
museum, reading a book, and traveling to a different land, but
from a psychological perspective,” Tsushima said.
Willers discussed the importance of finding the right doctor
as well as the proper medication, and he introduced his wife
Mindy as his support group.
After the lecture, pizza was served while Willers answered questions
and met informally with students.
The Psychology Symposium Series continues, Feb. 27, at 12:30
in the 1132 Bishop, Conference Room 306, with Professor Patricia
Ellerson on “Who Makes Whom Jealous.”
For more information contact Dr. Vincent Tsushima at 544-1410