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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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“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.

“Photo exhibit displays images of mental health recovery in Westmoreland County”

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This article dated May 3, 2012 and found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about a project where some folks in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania were given digital cameras and told to take pictures of things that were helpful to them on their road to recovery.  some of the pictures were turned into a public display along with a writeup about the reason the picture was taken in the words of the photographer.  The goal of the project was to shed some light into the lives of folks with mental illnesses and to show that while a small minority of people with mental illnesses do commit violent crimes, there are many more out there who are working to improve their lives and have many of the same wants or desires that folks without mental illnesses want.  Very neat article to say the least, and I found it quite refreshing on many levels to read about something positive in the media about folks with mental health issues, since so much of the media attention goes to the small minority who commit violent crimes, which is something that has always bothered me on many levels.  So I’m always pleased when I hear about someone doing something positive and being able to read or watch it through a news source.

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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