Office of Mental Health Affairs (OMH-A)

Too many people in treatment forget that some problems and issues are normal, need to be experienced, and are a part of life. Problematising every little issue in life and associating it with your diagnosis is the first and best way to perpetuate the revolving door to hospitalisations and the mental health system .Undeniably, our support systems, both natural, and artificial, play a vital role in our health by enabling our capacity to heal from sickness and reducing the likelihood of revolving through the mental health system. Supports play several important roles in our recovery and ability to problem-solve difficult situations without incident. Given my professional experience as a clinician, mental health therapist, and peer struggling with a mental health diagnosis, I can affirm that we are only as strong as our weakest support. Whether the ‘weak link’ is a friend or service worker (e.g., case manager or therapist), people carrying a mental health diagnosis and persons seeking better health and healing alike need to be able to identify helpers and be sure to find players who have a vested interest in your mental health.