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

A little bragging :)

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The link above will take you to the ITE/MH Campaign site, specifically a page where a recovery story I wrote and submitted to them was posted.  The story is called, “Recovery is a Journey, Not a Quick-fix“.  In it I offer a little insight into where I’ve been, and some of the things I’ve learned through some of my struggles with mental illness.  The piece was written and submitted to ITE/MH on July 14, 2011 by me.

I was using writing on that day, not only to meet an obligation that I had committed to, but also as personal medicine.   I was a little frustrated and stressed, having had to send some obnoxious people away that had pretty much invaded my peaceful time on my porch that morning, but who had also been very pushy about their beliefs and didn’t seem to understand that I truly wasn’t interested in what they were offering.  As a result of the interaction with them, I was stressed, frustrated, and my mind was running a million miles a second.  I went into what I call a “stress cleaning mode”  where I take the energy from stress and frustration and I guess you could say I convert it into something positive.  I washed 5 loads of laundry and 3 loads of dishes, and while I waited for the washer/dryer or dishwasher to run its cycle, I worked on the recovery story.  By the end of the day not only did I manage to wash my bedding, and all my dirty clothes, while also getting caught up on my dishes, and having met an obligation I said I would meet, I was MUCH calmer feeling and my mind had settled to a quieter pace and I was able to return to enjoying some peaceful time on my porch.

I would really urge you to check out the ITE/MH Campaign website, it is a new site, but I know that at least one of the people involved with it has worked to make positive changes in the mental health community for many years.  ITE/MH stands for “I’m The Evidence / Mental Health”  it is a campaign to raise awareness that people can and do recover from mental illness,  and to recognize some of the people who show their personal recovery in a way that benefits not only the person, but those around them.  For me, this blog is just one of the ways I show my recovery journey, with my hope being that the things I learn and share here will benefit someone else or even more than one person.

I would love it if my readers could take a moment to checkout the ITE/MH Campaign site, it is a new site, but it is very well done, and you can not only read my little story I submitted there, but there are other stories submitted by other folks as well.  The site also would give you a better understanding of what they are doing then what I’ve offered here.

By posting this info, I’m not getting anything in return, it is simply me doing what I do and linking my readers to resources or information that I hope each person will find something of benefit to them in the process.  Enjoy!

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