Mon. Sep 28th, 2020

We all need it to survive in this world: hope. The problem for most of us is accessing it and discovering its importance in emboldening our steps towards improved health and wellness. Hope comes in all forms. Hope circulates through our subconscious at night and erupts in strange mysterious ways during our waking hours. 

For those carrying a mental health diagnosis, hope is even more challenging to discover or re-discover. People in recovery nevertheless require hope to continue being successful in managing symptoms and learning skills to be successful in their living environment. This article is motivational to help people access their innermost dreams regardless of their affliction.

There is no question that the state mental health system has it right. 

The Office of Mental Health motto: Hope & Recovery

They are inter-linked. Hope and recovery belong together because without the other no person could even begin to contemplate battling their affliction with the level of resolve that not only heals but it strengthens the soul. While the state health system declares hope and recovery to be their philosophy of care, so much more needs to be done to promote this type of thinking at every level of care and service targeting mental health and wellness. 

We need practitioners to do more than treat the problem. We need practitioners to cheerlead their clients to be excited and motivated in their recovery. Hope is not something that should be tucked away for a rainy day. It must be nurtured and cultivated throughout the recovery process. 

This can be done by reminding people carrying a diagnosis every day that adherence to treatment & walking the path of recovery will yield results. Practitioners, peers, therapists, and all people with a vested interest in recovery must believe in its healing worth to people needing something positive to hold on to in their darkest hour.

 Make no mistake about it. Sitting down with your clients and just talking about the future can be just what a person needs to keep hope in their heart as they deal with the crisis of the moment. There are many creative ways to help people in recovery stay future-oriented. There are also many ways to eclipse the dreams of those hoping for better days ahead.

For those battling mania or grandiose thinking, it becomes evens more problematic to decipher what’s hope and what’s mountain top extreme thinking disrupting the recovery process. For specific symptoms related to affective state regulation and with personality disorders be careful but not to speak negatively about your capacity to self manage in the future. Instead, consider yourself on a path in which you must know yourself even more than those with mild or moderate mental health disorders. 

As always, the challenge is ahead and staying oriented towards the greatness of tomorrow and its possibilities is going to be critical in balancing hope with recovery. Remembering the why what for, and how of hope will go a long way during even the most helpless and hopeless moments of your recovery. 

The very act of putting your theory of hope and dreams of recovery into practice is the best possible step anyone can take to health & wellness. 



By J. Peters

J. Peters writes on his lived experience, and also brings his story into the work. Mr. Peters blogs daily on his site and for other sites around the United States and Europe, bringing his passion for mental health to people everywhere.

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