Montague, Bill. Bill Montague: interview with Paul Engels, 1989. White Light Communications Collection (MS 984). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
(00:00:50)In his early twenties, Montague was sent to Vermont State Hospital after struggling with divorce and job loss.
(00:05:06)Montague began creating another a world in his head to cope with reality. He projected his anger onto others, and people feared
what Montague was capable of doing to others. He was then committed for a year to the state hospital, where he was heavily
(00:08:56)After his release, Montague went to his parents' house. He continued going to therapy and weaned himself off medication. Then
his anger reemerged, and his parents forced him out of the house. He lived mostly on the streets and was sent back to the
state hospital two more times. Eventually, he found full-time work and has stopped taking medication.
(00:14:50)Returning to work was helpful to his recovery. It created order, distraction, and a sense of purpose.
(00:16:37)Once Montague began to recover, he started work as a peer counselor for people who are homeless and have mental health issues.
This has changed his perspective on the power dynamics between the mental health system and mental health "consumers." Engels
and Montague discuss working with peer counselors and people living on the streets, and the lessons they've learned through
this kind of work.
(00:28:41)Interview ends. Credits roll. Producer: Paul Engels. Camera: Susan Jewett and Malcolm Sawyer. Production Assistant: Richard
love. Director: Irene Rea.