Last night I had the privilege of sharing my story to a family support group. It was almost surreal because a lot of the people there are in the same spot my dad and I were in 15 years ago. It was an honour to speak to all of them and I could tell my story was compelling and powerful to everyone there.
Meeting all those people and sharing my story of recovery inspired this blog to be a simple encouragement. “It DOES get better”. I remember when I was in the first stages of my psychosis and mental illness, things were very tumultuous at home. I fought with my dad on a daily basis and generally just didn’t know how to process what was happening inside my brain. Things seemed to be at their worst and a lot of times I really questioned if I was ever going to get better. Fortunately, I have a dad who walked with me every step of the way and we have done this journey of recovery together. I would not have made it this far without him and the other members of my support network.
Mental illness does not discriminate. It crosses all borders, genders, race, religion. To be frank it is very difficult to deal with when you are first experiencing psychosis. So, I want to encourage everyone that is reading this; things DO get better. I know you might be in a spot where it seems like the world is ending and nothing is going to help you or
your loved one. However, through hard work, medication and a strong support network, recovery is expected.
It was very eye opening to see families in different stages of their mental health journey. I remember what it was like when I first got sick, and quite frankly it was hell. So, I understand where you are at. Fortunately, there are so many resources and people out there that just want to help. I write this blog to encourage people and give examples on how I've made it this far. So, don't give up! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Mental illness is not a cage, and there is so much hope for a bright future. lam a living example that with hard work and determination along with other coping mechanisms, you will be successful.
So, keep your head up. I know things seem like the end of the world at first, but it DOES get better.