The mental health recovery process is a journey full of peaks and valleys. I know that I have had my fair share of ups and downs on this recovery journey. When I began this journey, there were so many unanswered questions that I had about this quest that I was about to embark on and what I was going to discover along the way.
The recovery process is not for the faint of heart though. You must be open minded, willing to learn, and excited for all the changes that are going to happen. I have learned many lessons along the way, but the most important lesson is the importance of building a support system who will stand behind me during this process. You cannot deal with your mental health issues alone. That is not realistic, and you will be setting yourself up for failure if you believe this. For a long time, I used the isolation method. When my symptoms would appear, I would isolate myself and not speak up. This was the worst thing that I could have done. It is no good for the person with the illness and it is no good for the people around you who love and care about you. They will get the wrong idea about you and think that you are uninterested and unreliable.
Building a strong support system when you are in mental health recovery is of the utmost importance to keep yourself on the right track so that you have people who can pick you up when you fall.
It is totally up to you who you choose to include in your support system. The main thing is that you trust them and feel comfortable with them when you need their assistance.
My support system includes my therapist, psychiatrist, close friends, and a few family members.
I have also found support groups for people with mental illnesses have really helped me. There is something comforting to me about knowing that I am in a group with people who share similar circumstances such as myself. I can discuss my problems, illness, and issues with understanding and without judgement.
That was part of the reason that I created two support groups. One in person and one online. The Sanctuary Support Groups were designed for high-functioning professionals who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The purpose of these groups is to provide a judgement free, open atmosphere where participants can openly discuss the trials and tribulations of managing a mental illness.
If you are in Northern, NJ and would like more information about the Sanctuary Support Group, please see the link below:
If you would like more information on the Sanctuary Support Group Online, please click on the link below.
When you make the decision to embark on the journey of mental health recovery, decide who will be a part of your recovery support system. Everyone needs one. And remember, you can live your best life despite a mental illness!