Our goals and our mission is to educate about recovery! Over the next few months, I will take time to talk to many of The Mental Health Humor readers and FaceBook friends. We want to hear from you. How is your recovery going? Are you able to use humor as a coping tool? Or as a way to break the ice to talk to someone about mental health?
For many, this subject is hard to start talking about, they might feel anxious and worried about how others might look at them if they knew they have so-called “mental disability”. While others can scream it from the roof tops about mental health… Granted they might end up in the psych ward. Needless to say, both are not always easy and both take courage to do.
Right now we live in a time of great distress. Never before in the history of man has so much stress from so many different areas in our lives attack our minds and sanity. Whether it is from war, earthquakes, economy, family or our health, it seems like we are being bombarded with things causing sighing and groaning. Is it a real surprise to anyone that our mental health system is being overloaded with people looking for help in any way, shape or form they can get it?
We peers who have found balance in our own recovery…. If that be through medications, herbal or cognitive therapies … staying in recovery is crucial. How can we fortify ourselves to make sure we can stay there? It can be as simple as just getting involved. Involved how?
Today, we have so many venues that did not exist 15 years years ago. Social Networks such as FaceBook, Twitter and such, can give you opportunities to meet positive like minded people. But, Caution must be shown. The Internet can be dangerous. Make sure you never share personal information on public places. With the right amount of caution you will have at your finger tips a plytheroa of information and resources.
What else can you do?
Get involved with your local DBSA Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, NAMI National Association on Mentally Illness, or other groups that are peer lead and focus on recovery. We should never feel like just because we are in “recovery” that we don’t need to go to groups. Yes, I do understand that not all peer support groups are created equal. Some can be pity parties while others might feel too opinionated. If a group does not fit your needs or the needs of the community, why not just start your own group?
Hey, that’s what I did. I just started the DBSA Port Charlotte Group that meets now every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Haven Drop In Center. I like to use information from all sorts of organations in the group. One piece nami, a few parts of DBSA and such. Last night the groups attendance was just me. Am I discouraged? Not at all! I know it can take a while to build a core of group members so I will just keep at it every Monday. Hey, if no one shows up next week, I’ll just use their pool table and shoot a few rounds then lock up.
The point is to be active in our recovery.
What about peers who are not at the same point of there recovery as ours?
If this describes you, and you are searching for answers, looking for help, feel like you’re at a point of total melt down…. Search out professional help. Many communities have peer groups, out patient or other places where you can get help. You’re NOT ALONE! There is HOPE!
Mental Illness is not the end. It’s just a “illness” that can be treated.
I know it might not seem so right now but there is light at the end of the tunnel.