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“Showing Up for Recovery ” (Video)

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This video was uploaded to YouTube by Dr. Pat Deegan on February 9, 2012 and offers a message of hope for recovery while reminding us that medication isn’t a cure for mental illness but rather a tool to aid us in our recovery journey.

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Español: Logo Vectorial de YouTube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“SAMHSA’s Working Definition of Recovery”

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This resource link will take you to a page on the SAMHSA website where you can get a free pamphlet that describes their working definition of recovery.  They have both a physical pamphlet and a pdf version available.

“Healing for victims of violence”


“We Shall Overcome” (Montgomery, Alabama) (Apr...

“We Shall Overcome” (Montgomery, Alabama) (April 1, 1965) (Photo credit: Penn State Special Collections Library)


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This August 12, 2012 on the Philly.com website, talks about ways to perpetuate healing in people who have survived a violent crime.  The opinion piece points out that healing needs to be viewed as not just a physical issue, but also an emotional issue, and can start at the point where the person is in the Emergency Room.  Pills help with some things, but not everything, where helping to plant a seed of hope can go a long ways to help in many areas.




“Peers guided toward better mental health”

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This article appearing in the Centre Daily Times on December 17, 2011, talks about the role of Peer Support Specialists also sometimes called Peer Specialists.  I feel it gives a good overview of what a Peer Specialist does and how their role benefits others they come in contact with.

“Dr. Mark Salerno Is Living Proof That It’s Possible to Overcome Mental Illness”


Rethink Mental Illness

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This article found on the Phoenix News website on December 22, 2011, isn’t specific to Pennsylvania, but it is a story of recovery from mental illness by Dr. Mark Salerno, and some events of his story did take place in Pennsylvania, so there is a slight connection to here, but I mostly felt it was a really good article conveying hope, and offering encouragement.  Recovery doesn’t have an ending, but is a continuous journey this man’s journey is one that demonstrates that mental illness knows no boundaries when it comes to education or profession, but also demonstrates it is possible to reach beyond the struggles and be more than a diagnosis.

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month click the image below to learn more about it.

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September is National Recovery Month

Hike for Mental Health

Map of Appalachian Trail

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From July 3rd – 27th, 2011, Tracy Carney who is one of the board members for PMHCA, is attempting to hike 145 miles on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.  Her purpose for this hike is to raise awareness about recovery from mental illness, and to raise money for the PMHCA Education Fund.  The fund will support people who are in mental health recovery with the cost of educational training.

I had the opportunity to meet Tracy at the PMHCA Conference, and had told her I would be more then happy to  spread the word about her hike for mental health.  She seems like a wonderful person, and I know that PMHCA  is a tremendous organization here in Pennsylvania.

I would encourage folks to consider making a tax deductible contribution to”

The Pemmsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA)
4105 Derry Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact PMHCA at either 1-800-887-6422   or through their website at http://pmhca.org

If I happen to get any updates on how Tracy is doing on her trek, I’ll try and get an update for folks on here.  I know she was excited about doing this, and that here ultimate goal is to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.  This is not an easy task from what I understand, even to hike a portion of it is a challenge.  In many ways, her hike, in my opinion is very similar to the journey many take when they work towards recovery from mental illness.  it is a challenge many of us face every day, and I’m sure that just like there are days when I would love to throw in the towel and say I’ve had enough of this journey, there will be times that Tracy may feel the same thing about her hike.  Other times I can’ wait to see what happens next on my journey of recovery, and it is moments like those that keep me going, much like what I imagine will help Tracy to keep going on her hike.  The times when everything seems like it couldn’t get any better are the times that I hang on to and keep me going during the times when things are rough and well not going quite as well as I planned.  So I hope that Tracy has lots of moments of perfection to keep her going, and that she has a safe hike and that her Friends she’s carrying with her help keep her focused on her goal.

Side note, I would have posted this sooner, but the information got swallowed by my desk and I had to clean my desk off before I could locate the information, so my sincere apologies on not getting this out sooner….. my disorganized life is to blame for this one, but I would like to say that I am actively working on getting better organized and I opted to make my first project on that journey to not only clean off my desk so I can use it, but also to work on maintaining it so it will be a functional item and not a mound of clutter.

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