The quick answer is everyone.
Being diagnosed with a mental illness is one of the most difficult things that you can deal with. When I was diagnosed, I wanted to get as much information as I could possibly get my hands on regarding bipolar disorder. I wanted to how I could live with it and what I would do to maintain it. I was looking for hope. I found a few articles online and I also found a magazine called BP Hope. It is a magazine that tells the stories of people who live with bipolar disorder. This what exactly what I needed because I figured if so many others could live successfully with their illnesses, then so could I. While reading about these awesome people in a magazine were great for me to see, I never found people in real life that I could relate to, who also suffered from some sort of mental health disorder.
My need to connect with others who shared a situation that was similar to me was overwhelming.
I wanted to be around people who were high functioning, had families, careers, and also a mental illness. I wanted to feel like I was not “abnormal” or the only one in the world who suffered in silence. I wanted a connection, and I was determined to find it.
I searched high and low for a support group that I could attend with people who could relate to me. I did find a support group, and it was nothing like I expected. Now don’t get me wrong, the people were very nice and they were polite and all of that. The thing that I did not like about the group was that when I would leave, I felt more sad and depressed than when I arrived. I was always under the impression, that support groups are supposed to help you through your tough time and also offer hope along the way. That is not what I felt. I felt like I was doomed and that I would live a sad, grim existence based on the folks that I had met in this support group. If I could help it, I never wanted anyone to feel the way I did during my support group experience.
I have created an online support group called the Sanctuary Support Group.
I created this group to combat the feelings of loneliness, and isolation that I felt so many years ago. This is a safe place for sharing hope, inspiration and experiences with others who live with a mental health disorder. The group will meet once a month, and the next meeting is scheduled for January 19, 2019.
For more information on the Sanctuary Support Group Virtual, please visit the link below.
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