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Jared Bass
Jared Bass

I Am Amazing. Mental Illness recovery. PATCHED


SAMHSA aims to increase public awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. In the years since Recovery Month launched, SAMHSA has timed announcements of initiatives and grant funding during Recovery Month, while collaborating with private and public entities to celebrate individuals during their long-term recoveries.




I am amazing. Mental illness recovery.



Facebook/LinkedIn/Instagram: If you have loved ones who are in recovery, checking in on their mental health can be crucial to keeping them on their journey. Having casual check-ins can help you track any changes in their mood or behavior. You can also help them talk through any triggers or stressful events. Learn more about how you can support your loved one through recovery at samhsa.gov/find-help/recovery.


Twitter: If you have loved ones who are in recovery, checking in on their mental health can be crucial to keeping them on their journey. Learn more about how you can support your loved ones #RecoveryJourney at samhsa.gov/find-help/recovery. #RecoveryMonth


Twitter Post Copy: If you have loved ones who are in recovery, checking in on their mental health can be crucial to keeping them on their journey. Learn more about how you can support your loved ones #RecoveryJourney at samhsa.gov/find-help/recovery. #RecoveryMonth


"My pronouns are they/she; I screened into the YES program about six months ago with co-occurring untreated mental health and substance use issues. After enrolling into the YES program for only a short time period, I have already received mental health counseling, substance use treatment, and participated in various group sessions with the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills group and the 7 Challenges support group. My YES counselor has observed that group sessions have provided an outlet for me and helps me connect with peers emerging as a leader in the groups, which motivated me to sustain my recovery. By showing up for others, I have learned to continue to show up for myself. Since starting the YES program, I have not used substances and feel enthusiastic about my recovery. Getting clean and getting my mental health back was the hardest thing. I had things said to me that were not ok, and I blamed everything on myself, but I learned to make peace and leave it in the past. I proceeded to move forward. I truly found myself and where I want to go in life."


The impact of the experience and diagnosis of mental illness on one's identity has long been recognized; however, little is known about the impact of illness identity, which we define as the set of roles and attitudes that a person has developed in relation to his or her understanding of having a mental illness. The present article proposes a theoretically driven model of the impact of illness identity on the course and recovery from severe mental illness and reviews relevant research. We propose that accepting a definition of oneself as mentally ill and assuming that mental illness means incompetence and inadequacy impact hope and self-esteem, which further impact suicide risk, coping, social interaction, vocational functioning, and symptom severity. Evidence supports most of the predictions made by the model. Implications for psychiatric rehabilitation services are discussed.


Research indicates that individuals with schizophrenia recover. Recovery, however means different things to different individuals and regardless of what kind of experiences define recovery, the individual diagnosed with the serious mental illness must feel ownership of their recovery. This raises the issue of how mental health services should systematically promote recovery. This paper explores the practical implications for research on metacognition in schizophrenia for this issue. First, we present the integrated model of metacognition, which defines metacognition as the spectrum of activities which allow individual to have available to themselves an integrated sense of self and others as they appraise and respond to the unique challenges they face. Second, we present research suggesting that many with schizophrenia experience deficits in metacognition and that those deficits compromise individuals' abilities to manage their lives and mental health challenges. Third, we discuss a form of psychotherapy inspired by this research, Metacognitive Reflection and Insight Therapy which assists individuals to recapture the ability to form integrated ideas about themselves and others and so direct their own recovery. The need for recovery oriented interventions to focus on process and on patient's purposes, assess metacognition and consider the intersubjective contexts in which this occurres is discussed.


Created for anyone who wants to learn more about Black mental health, the app provides inspirational quotes, videos and a podcast, forum discussions and self-care tips on coping after police brutality, mental health in the Black church, talking with family and friends who may not want to understand mental illness, meditation, exercise and more. (Free; iOS and Android)


Anyone who feels overwhelmed or pressured by the hectic world we live in should try art therapy. Creating art will give you a chance to slow down and explore any issues you may be having. Art therapy improves the mental health of people who are dealing with addictions, anxiety, attention disorders, grief and loss, dementia, depression, eating disorders, physical illness, PTSD, trauma, relationship issues and much more.


Mental Illness and Recovery is a daylong workshop that includes basic information about major mental health conditions, an overview of effective treatments, accessing services throughout Vermont, coping strategies, crisis prevention, and recovery.


On July 7, 2020, Lenny Mendonca, the former chief economic and business advisor to California governor Gavin Newsom, went public with why he had suddenly resigned from that position on April 10. Mendonca, a former McKinsey senior partner, revealed his struggles with debilitating depression in a deeply personal column that also probed the pervasiveness of mental health issues among the general population and the public-policy implications of untreated mental illness.


Another constraint on accessing mental healthcare is that for many years mental health providers have been undercompensated for their work, leading, not surprisingly, to a great shortage. One study showed that 60 percent of US counties did not have one psychiatrist. One SAMHSA report noted that 55.2 percent of adults with mental illness received no treatment in the previous year.


When managing serious mental illness (SMI), the recovery journey can be long and challenging. It often requires creative and prolonged efforts to build and maintain a full life, but many people do reach recovery. In fact, up to 65% of people living with SMI experience partial to full recovery over time.


Practicing Self-DeterminationRecovery has to be pursued; it does not simply occur in response to medication or other treatments. That is why it is so important to make your own decisions and actively use treatment, services, supports or other resources. For example, preparing a Psychiatric Advance Directive, which states your treatment preferences in the event of a mental health crisis, can allow you to retain control over care even if you become impaired. As with any illness, you may have to self-advocate to ensure everyone in your care team respects your right to have a say in your care.


Coping with StigmaStigma is widespread, even among friends and family and within the mental health care system, including from practitioners themselves. The detrimental impact of stigma can be greater than that of the illness itself. Thus, you may need to develop coping strategies to manage stigma, particularly if you are experiencing self-stigma.


Some people with SMI have to recognize that the greatest barrier to reaching recovery may be their own mindset. People who refuse to take back control of their lives (including their care) and refuse to take responsibility for their illness will find it more difficult to reach recovery. It is a great tragedy that so many never reach recovery because it is possible for so many more.


The Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP) is the internal research division of the NIMH. Over 40 research groups conduct basic neuroscience research and clinical investigations of mental illnesses, brain function, and behavior at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more about research conducted at NIMH.


Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact.


Self-care looks different for everyone, and it is important to find what you need and enjoy. It may take trial and error to discover what works best for you. In addition, although self-care is not a cure for mental illnesses, understanding what causes or triggers your mild symptoms and what coping techniques work for you can help manage your mental health.


During the 70s, mental illness was not discussed openly nor did my parents explain to their children that my dad had a mental illness, would need medication, therapy and professional help the rest of his life.


My passion is to encourage people to talk about their own story. How will anyone ever be comfortable with mental illness if nobody talks about it? Please tell your story. There is someone waiting for you to open up so that they can open up to you.


Services are provided in community-based locations throughout the County by over 500 staff in 80 County administered programs and community partnerships. BHRS has a strong emphasis on partnering with consumers and families, on providing culturally competent services and a belief that individuals can and do recover from mental illness and alcohol and drug addiction.


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