Brian D. Satterfield is a certified peer & recovery specialist; chronic illness and trauma liberation advocate, educator, speaker and group facilitator. He is the author of A Mental Health Survival Guide: How to Manage the Severities of Multi-Mental Health Diagnosis, an Amazon #1 bestseller across three categories. It is a memoir of his severe struggles associated with coping with a multi-mental health diagnosis and is full of documented skills, tools and tips he developed as an action plan to cope and manage.
To the family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and person living with severe chronic illness - Brian works in direct care, in the human services field. Brian teaches, coaches, mentors in conjunction with an already existing (or development of a) recovery plan. Call 911 or go to your local emergency room for duress and, or crisis of body and, or brain. Should a person want to start a life of recovery, the resources tab (top of this webpage) has many free resources.
Brian’s motivation to help others is based on the deep desire to heal a wounded part of himself. He struggled and suffered from several addictions for 23 years. In conjunction - he struggled and suffered from Insomnia, PTSD, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, Panic Disorder from more than 25 years and since 1994, he has lived with tendonitis, tendinitis and arthritis. He has also (at times) suffered from severe seasonal allergies and asthma for 40 years.
In 2009, opportunities presented themselves to him that allowed Brian to evolve and he found himself experiencing peace and contentment for the first time, ever. He wanted more of it! He implemented a strict recovery-oriented treatment plan he uses on a daily basis. Choosing to finally be content with himself, he was able to leave suicidal ideation, self-medicating and the trauma of nine years of childhood sexual abuse behind him forever.
Now, at the age of 47, Brian is content with finding himself 15 years down the yellow brick road of addiction and mental illness (co-occurring) recovery. He still has bad times and days, but continuously keeps trying and never stops moving forward. He now devotes himself to helping others live a better life. To help others, who have gotten lost, stuck, struggle, deal, cope, find relief with/from their complications.
Brian lives in South-Central Pennsylvania with Voodoo, Vulcan, and Rylee. He enjoys "Mrs. Right's" (she's Stacey) time and company being a goofball! He is a workout guru, finds humor in any situation, follows all Philadelphia professional sports teams, enjoys live music, cinema-movies, gardening, flower boxes, tattoos, outdoors, the Appalachian Trail, black coffee, coconut water and cinnamon sticks. Additionally, he is CEO/Founder of Decide 2 Evolve created in 2009. Decide 2 Evolve publishes books on managing many human ailments, presents live keynote speaking engagements and wellness workshops.
Brian is a present keynote speaker for PA Department of Corrections officer's training of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), Shippensburg University mental health-criminal justice collation, members of: Pennsylvania (PA) Peer Support Collation, Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation, Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer Agency (PMHCA), Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A), Pennsylvania Disabilities network (DRN of Pa), Mental Health America (MHA of Pa), his local National Alliance (on) Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter, and also his local SMART-Recovery chapter.
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