Tuesday, April 22, 2008
It's finally happening all over! Many agencies and hospitals are hiring Peer Support Workers to aid others in their recovery from a mental illness. In the past two years I have done over 100 talks about my recovery from bipolar disorder and have helped many people through my talks and the book I wrote and published. Twelve years ago when I was diagnosed with bipolar I couldn't find anyone to talk to and give me hope that recovery was possible. People are now coming forward to say they have survived and you can too! Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a walk in the park.......it took work to get this far. But my message for you is to not give up. You can make it no matter how bleak things may look. Your journey will be easier with someone to mentor and guide you and help make realistic goals for yourself. Bravo to the powers that be that recognize a peer support worker as being essential in recovery.