"How are you?” This can be a loaded question!
When asked we usually give the knee jerk, “Oh fine, how are you?”- even when nothing could be further from the truth. Because somewhere along the line, it became taboo to not be so well.
Lets #LoseTheStigma shall we?
Whether it is a Health or Mental Health Challenge, anyone who has gone through a long recovery process knows how frustrating and dehumanizing a 'System of Care' can be, even for those consumers who are doctors!
"Ever since I began studying how people who have mental health issues get well and stay well, learning from people with lived experience, I have been searching for ways to stop the human rights violations that are rampant throughout the mental health system worldwide. It has been a frustrating and daunting task. I have come to believe that the best way each one of us can protect ourselves from this inhumanity is to keep ourselves out of the system. And I believe that our best option for doing that is to consciously use WRAP and Peer Support every day."- Mary Ellen Copeland PhD.
Health doesn't mean the same thing to every person, we each have our own ways of what that feels like for ourselves, and when we talk about mental wellness, well things get even more complicated!
Anyone who knows identical twins, same biology, same brain,and though they share many similarities, they can also show distinct and even completely opposing differences whether it be hand dominance or personality types.
Our biology is important, but we are so much more than that. This is important to think about when we talk about what #MentalIllnessFeelsLike and why it differs from one person to the next.
But that's ok, in fact, it's great! It's why we've been lucky enough to have a Michangelo, a DaVinci and an Einstein- as well as countless others. Seeing the world in our way, makes our world richer, sharing that vision with others, makes the world richer place for all of us.
Whether it’s a health or mental health crisis, the hardest dilemma we face is knowing HOW and WHEN we can help support our friend or loved one.
And this is exactly why Wellness & Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) works so very well. Because it’s tailored by the person, for the person it plainly states what works for the person! And then, the WRAP goes the next step and provides a way to communicate to our supportive others the HOW, and WHEN they can best support the friend or loved one in the process.
WRAP and Peer Support is evidence based and quickly becoming considered as the Gold Standard in safe, effective practices. Google that, oh what the heck, we’ll give you the link to look it up on SAMSHA,
WRAP is based on the 5 Key Principals, starting with HOPE but it included PERSONAL RESPONISBILITY and EDUCATION. So get ready and get brave! Do your research, reach out and find out more. Talk to your doctors or service providers about Peer Support and WRAP programs. If they are not familiar with these services have them contact us at Auspicious Fish or The Copeland Center where we're passionately spreading the message - "There's HOPE for Recovery and a life of Wellness is possible and it's in Reach!