Willa Goodfellow’s early work with troubled teens as an Episcopal priest shaped an edgy perspective and preaching style. A bachelor’s degree from Reed College and a master’s from Yale gave her the intellectual chops to read and comprehend scientific research about mental illness. Her life mileage taught her to recognize and call out the bull.
So she set out to turn her own misbegotten sojourn in the land of antidepressants into a writing career. Her journalism has attracted the attention of leading psychiatrists who worked on the DSM-5 and the International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid and graduated from NAMI’s Peer to Peer. She has presented on mental health recovery at NAMI events and Carver Medical College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. Her diverse audiences include camp counselors, clergy, and professional organizations on topics of trauma, suicide prevention, sexual misconduct prevention, self-care, and burn out.
Goodfellow’s podcast appearances include Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, Being UnNormal with Kimberly Berry, and Bi-Polar Girl with Rebecca and Stephen McDow and Aimee Daramus. She is published in Psychology Today and blogs for the International Bipolar Foundation. She also has her own blog, Prozac Monologues: Reflections on the Mind, the Brain, Society, and Mental Illness
Today she hikes, travels, plans seven course dinner menus, works on the next writing project, Bar Tales of Costa Rica, and stirs up trouble. She lives with her wife Helen in Central Oregon and still misses her dog Mazie.
Connect with Willa online on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at her blog Prozac Monologues: Reflections and Research on the Mind, the Brain, Mental Illness, and Society.