Mental Health Support & Awareness Group (SAG)

"To me the past is Black & White but the future is always colour"

Members Testimonials

After my diagnosis, I felt like i could begin to recover, but I felt alone, it wasn't until I joined Mental Health Support, and could talk to other people going through the same thing, talk openly about my own problems, any time 24/7; since then I know that I have an online support group I can access at the click of a button :)  .....  Simon Jay, London UK


So I am on the second-to-last day of my Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training for the state of Virginia, USA. Our facilitator asked us to share the time we felt "The Spark of Hope" that we could be more than just "mentally ill"--where we had our first glimpse of hope and began to believe there was more to life.
I struggled to think of that moment, when it dawned on me, and I wanted to share it here, because ALL OF YOU were a part of it.

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I was living with an abusive boyfriend, rarely leaving the house except for therapy, and it had only been a few months since my last (and final) suicide attempt. My only support was my therapist--I had no friends. I was addicted to the computer and spent all my time on Facebook or World of Warcraft. One day I reached out and joined an online support group--SAG. I quickly became very active in the group. I was commenting on almost every post and talking to people in private when they needed someone to talk to..
After about two months in the group, I was approached by Jamaal Hattan and he asked if I'd be willing to be an admin. I initially said no, but Jamaal had faith in me and convinced me to give it a shot. I seriously doubted I could be support to anyone else in my condition, but I begrudgingly agreed to try to be an admin.

After a few weeks, I realized something amazing: I was making a difference in the lives of others struggling with mental illness. And it made me feel GOOD at a time where very little good was around. It was the first time I realized I had something to offer others from my own lived experience with mental illness. It was the "Spark of Hope" that made me want to help more people!

I recently resigned as admin, due to the fact that the work I'm doing in real life is taking up the majority of my time and I have very little time to commit to Facebook now, outside of work. But I want to thank Jamaal, the other admins I worked with, and the rest of you for giving me the chance to find my gift--my ability to help others in their recovery. Not only did I find my passion and my future career, but working with you all didn't just help you--it helped me too. A LOT. My own recovery began to strengthen the more I helped others. I don't know if I could be doing this work if I hadn't started my humble beginnings in this very group.

So again, thank you all--especially Jamaal Hattan--for giving me the opportunity to discover my special skills and begin my journey into my own recovery. I will never forget how much being in this group has changed my life in the best possible way.

You all are wonderful--stay strong and keep paving the way for others to hopefully find their spark as well. Not that I'm going anywhere--I may be less active than I used to be, but I'm still here and have no intention of leaving!

                                                                     ~ Andi Chrisman; Richmond, VA, USA

 

- Anonymous

 

The members/ admin are experts only of themselves

- Yours Truly x