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The Life & Times of a Person Carrying a Mental Health Diagnosis

The Life & Times of a Person Carrying a Mental Health Diagnosis

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There seems to be several types of mental health blogs on the market. Clinical blogs, peer blogs based on personal experiences, hybrid blogs which combine both aspects of recovery, and research re-blogged materials from across the web. I would hazard to say blogs focusing on prevention and the amelioration of symptoms before they become unmanageable are helpful, and even more useful are blogs that speak from the peer perspective when discussing uses of clinical interventions.

Preparing readers for more realistic dark side and times of recovery when extreme and regretful circumstances are more likely than a sweeping fortunate turn in your Recovery path to health and healing is the most powerful tool a reader can draw upon, hopefully incorporating all aspects of recovery from perspectives which cross-section the mental health delivery system. Blogs shouldn’t sugar coat the realities of bad times and problematic circumstances people go through during their recovery. This type of preparedness will leave readers unequipped for the worst in the event that failure and mistakes are in the cards.

People carrying a mental health diagnosis will experience bad times. Not even the best clinical interventions or self-awareness can help someone when the draw the short stick and fall into a space of misfortune and bad luck. Sometimes, our health is in the hands of fate. Maybe traffic will hit and you cant get to the pharmacy on time or you miss group therapy due to weather and really need to consult with your therapist and peers. Either way, sometimes, its just not in your hands. When your mental status is in the hands of god, consult with blogs that cultivate faith and hope in healing.

Good times too require a plan or information to utilize as effectively as possible. When you have a disorder, the good times are numbered. Knowing how to maximize these spaces to mobilize all your resources and energy will be critical in navigating all aspects of the recovery path. There is no question that the good, and the bad, require a degree of psycho education to be fully prepared to continue on the path to healing. So, look everywhere to get all available information and technology to get the most tools in the event you need to ratchet your recovery back into high-gear.

There are blogs scattered across the web which re-blog highly rated material for consumers to re-circulate among the community. & it is a community. Join your peers in disseminating information that works. Note and make mark information that isn’t helpful or is inaccurate. It is up to the mental health community to peer review its own work and make visible to those that need help material that can launch the heaviest of hearts into full remission.

About the Author

J. Peters

Bold 10 Under 10 award recipient Jacques Peters ’08, MSW ’12 . Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), therapist and disability rights advocate, Mr. Peters fights for those without a voice in various systems of care, such as the New York City Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health or the city’s Department of Corrections. Jacques is the author of University on Watch: Crisis in the Academy, which he published under the pen name J. Peters in 2019, and First Diagnosis, published in 2020. Jacques refers to his stance on recovery in his journal articles as “Too big to fail.” No obstacle too big, no feat out of reach, Jacques let nothing stop him in his path to recovery and healing.
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