Maggie Newcomb Raine
Speaker, Writer, and Comedian
Maggie Newcomb is a mental health advocate that speaks about mental illness acceptance and mental health recovery. She has written about the topic in her book Chocolate Pudding in Heaven. She draws from her 24 years of experience in treating her own bipolar I disorder. Although this topic can be extremely difficult, Maggie finds a way to speak and write about these issues in a way that entertains, informs, and inspires.
Maggie is a member of the National Speakers Association but got her start in public speaking as a stand-up comedian in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003. She has worked major comedy clubs, corporate events, and charity functions all over Northern California, including opening for the industry’s best comedians. Maggie has a BA in International Relations from UC Davis and an MA in Adult Education from San Francisco State.
With the skills she learned from her graduate work in education, Maggie has developed speeches to help different groups understand mental illness and find a new perspective to accept and manage it. She had to develop her own strategies for managing mental illness after being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of 16. She has had to learn how to not just accept the illness and treat it, but to thrive, living a stable and fulfilling life.
In addition to mental health advocacy work, Maggie has been a Program Coordinator in Sacramento since 2009 at a non-profit that provides educational opportunities for healthcare workers. She continues to make her mental health her number-one priority by taking medication, coordinating with her care team, and working hard to create a healthy lifestyle. Like everyone, she has her ups and downs. She finds new ways to manage the issues that can come with her illness. She is now proud of what she went through and who she is, and is ready to share her story.
She hopes that by adding a bit of understanding and dash of humor to the difficult topic of mental illness people can move past the stigma and fear that often surrounds it. For more on Maggie’s unique and sometimes irreverent perspective on mental illness, check out her blog: The Mental Patient Next Door.
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