About the host
Rich Patricia has been working in the television, radio and digital media industry for over 32 years and has been a high school communications and film teacher for 23 years. He received his Bachelor's degree in Communications from William Paterson University and his Master's degree in Science and Classroom Technology from Wilkes University.
There is a moment in everyone's life when they just need a person to listen. No talking, no reasoning, no opinions...just to be present to listen. Rich Patricia has been there many times, especially this past year. On December 3, 2018 at 2:25am his life changed forever and ever since, he has been fortunate to have people in his life who continue to support him through the most devastating moment in his life. This was the day that his son passed away from an accidental overdose. Mental health and addiction are subjects that most people don't talk about to their family or friends. They're afraid of what someone will think or say so they remain silent. With this podcast, his hope is to help break the silence and rid the stigma that exists today. The Silent Presence Podcast will allow others to share their personal stories of addiction and mental illness and how it affected them. It will provide a platform for other's to speak candidly about their own personal experiences. The podcast will also introduce listeners to a variety of experts in the field who will provide valuable information to those who are grieving or dealing with addiction or mental illness in their own lives. This podcast is a way for him to personally work through his own grief and help others along the way. Thank you for listening.